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ABEST21 History

1. Global Classroom

ABEST21 was founded in 2005, but its origins go back to 1994, when 7 business schools from Japan and abroad joined together in a Global Classroom Conference - a cross-border, virtual classroom using online real-time TV conference system, which enabled the business schools to hold the joint lectures based on the cutting-edge information communication technology. The first Global Classroom Conference was held on October 28, 1994. In the following years, the number of schools participating in the Global Classroom Conference increased, and on June 28, 2002 it was reorganized as the Global Knowledge Network.

2. Global Knowledge Network

The main goals of this new organization were to conduct research aimed at developing the educational methods for the Global Classroom, and to further improve the quality of business education. It also aimed to build a system to guarantee the quality of management education based on a global perspective. The schools participating in the Global Knowledge Network concluded the International Cooperative Partnership agreement and developed a substantial international knowledge exchange system for promoting the globalization of the management education. Seven business schools joined together in a Global Classroom Conference held on October 28, 1994.

3. ABEST21

Global Knowledge Network considered it an urgent issue to develop a system to enhance the quality of management education at the business schools. With this idea in mind, on June 28, 2004, at the Hakone Conference, the establishment of network aiming at the enhancement of management education at member schools was discussed, and the preparation to establish THE ALLIANCE ON BUSINESS EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP FOR TOMORROW, a 21st century organization (ABEST21) was started. A year later, on July 1, 2005, assisted by 16 business schools from the world, the Network decided to establish ABEST21 as a mutual evaluation institution.

4. Accrediting Agency for professional Graduate School of Business and Intellectual property in Japan

ABEST21 has been approved as an accrediting organization for Professional Graduate School of Business and Professional Graduate School of Intellectual Property by the Minister of MEXT of Japan as follows;

  • On October 12, 2007, the certificate issued to ABEST21 by the Minister of MEXT as accrediting agency for Professional Graduate School of Business.
  • On October 31, 2011, the certificate issued to ABEST21 by the Minister of MEXT as accrediting agency for Professional Graduate School of Intellectual Property.
        

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