HEM receives accreditation from the prestigious Association of African Business Schools

A new recognition of academic expertise and good governance at HEM!

HEM Business School excels in achieving the prestigious accreditation of the Association of African Business Schools for a period of 5 years.

HEM thus becomes the first business school in North Africa to achieve this brand. Detailed information in this press release.

Association of African Business Schools, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of Africa by ensuring quality education in management and business administration.

AABS was established in 2005 and today has 56 members in 15 African countries.

AABS also supports business schools through a capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement program for deans, directors and professors from African business schools.

In 2018, AABS decides to launch its own accreditation, the very first African accreditation for business schools in Africa.

This accreditation is based on values ​​related to the African continent and promises to bring African business schools to the forefront of management education.

HEM chose from the outset to take up the challenge of AABS accreditation and tackled the case, thus embarking on a process that lasted 36 months, including a first phase of submitting a statement of interest from HEM, a second request for justification and a final phase. one to write a self-evaluation report in English.

Based on this report, a jury then evaluated HEM over several days in which all school stakeholders were questioned (management committee, teachers, students, partners, winners, etc.). More than 700 MB of data and data on HEM were made available to the jury for investigations, analyzes and decision on accreditation of HEM.

The jury in question was composed of 3 people in the persons of:

  1. Mr. Karim SEGHIR, President of Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates
  2. Mr. Ahmed ABDEL-MEGUID, Professor-Chartered Accountant at the American University of Cairo in Egypt
  3. Mr. Hatem MASRI, Dean Professor of Analysis at the University of Bahrain School of Business, Kingdom of Bahrain

It should be noted that the AABS accreditation is based on 11 standards in accordance with international accreditation standards, namely:

  1. Relevance to the African context: The whole school approach demonstrates an awareness of the environment (national, political, legal, social and economic) and has the mission and portfolio of programs that meet the needs of its operating environment
  2. Mission, vision and strategy: the school is built around a clear mission, vision and strategy, known by all, which guides the stakeholders in daily life.
  3. Governance: the general operation of the school has a management system that ensures the achievement of the overall strategy.
  4. The resources: available funds and resources are effectively managed to achieve the institution’s objectives.
  5. Student : the school undertakes to put the student at the center of its concerns and makes sure to make him a citizen and qualified player.
  6. The teaching staff: The school’s education is built around an expert teaching body to ensure the best possible dissemination of knowledge.
  7. External relations: it is about relationships with alumni, national and international academic partners as well as companies to ensure the consistency between the educations and the needs of the market.
  8. The program: The school offers a number of coherent programs that converge towards effective integration in the labor market
  9. The research: the school has a research activity linked to its vision and mission.
  10. Impact on Africa: The school contributes to inclusive economic and social development in Africa through its governance structure, stakeholder relations, outreach diversification and comprehensive program portfolio.
  11. Durability: The school has a global approach to sustainable management through its governance structure, its stakeholder relations, its offerings and its impact on the African continent.

On May 25, 2022, the verdict officially fell! HEM has responded positively to all AABS accreditation standards and criteria and will now be the 1sttime Business School in North Africa must be accredited by the Association of African Business Schools for a period of 5 years.

This accreditation represents several benefits for HEM. Among them :

  • International recognition of expertise, which further strengthens HEM’s position and reputation among various stakeholders
  • An even stronger appeal from HEM to professors and teachers, students, employers, strategic partners …
  • A commitment from HEM to a process of continuous improvement, which makes it possible to quickly adapt to the changing needs of the environment in which the school operates
  • HEM is now part of a hassle-free network that encourages peer-to-peer learning and sharing of best practices among AABS-accredited Business Schools.

International recognition!

An accreditation which thus confirms the positioning of HEM as the No. 1 Private Business School in Morocco, which ensures its noble mission as a player in education, positively affects its ecosystem and generally contributes to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of management in Africa.

Achieving this prestigious brand is the result of long-term work and commitment from all HEM stakeholders. In this sense, Yasmine Benamour, President of LCI Education Africa and CEO of HEM, declares: “We are honored and proud to have achieved this prestigious and demanding African accreditation, the process of which lasted 3 years and required the unfailing commitment of the HEM teams. This mark confirms the anchoring of our school as one of the leaders of private higher education in Africa.”.

Ali Elquammah, Development Director LCI Education Africa, Director of International Relations and owner of the HEM Accreditation Project declares: “Today, higher education increasingly represents a globalized knowledge community, where new patterns of knowledge, alliances, social and professional relationships emerge. This new paradigm motivates highly recognized institutions such as HEM to innovate and continuously strengthen their quality control processes and the continuous improvement of their programs and pedagogy. The process of a continental accreditation enabled us to prepare a self-evaluation report in accordance with the 11 standards set by the African Association of Business Schools (AABS). Achieving AABS accreditation is a true recognition of HEM’s expertise in higher education. »


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