ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece: Business Unusual
Established in 1992 by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises ( ΣΕΒ
), the leading Employers' Union in Greece, the Hellenic Management Association ( ΕΕΔΕ
) and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( ΕΒΕΑ
), ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece is the first non-for-profit graduate Business School in Greece.
Our mission is to educate visionary leaders of tomorrow who act as agents of change and help shape the future business world by pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge related to the management of business organizations, while making that knowledge relevant to practitioners.
Innovation is an essential part of the ALBA DNA: innovative knowledge creation by ALBA faculty in researching important issues that challenge the modern business and society, innovative program curricula to disseminate relevant knowledge to society and finally innovative pedagogical methods in developing the leaders of tomorrow to become agents of change and lead their businesses to create value for their stakeholders and the society.
Naturally, innovation in education is the outcome of a healthy scientific community. In fostering such an academic research environment, ALBA launched a series of endowed chairs to attract top scientists and thus create an intellectually live scientific environment. That has resulted in more than 200 scientific publications. Approximately 30% of ALBA faculty publications are published in the top 12% of international journals, as ranked by the Association of Business Schools in the UK.
Innovation in curricula starts as soon as ALBA is established, with the launch for the first time in Greece of the full time MBA Program (1993), the Professional MBA Program (1996), the MSc in Business for Lawyers (2000) and HRM (2003), and the MBA in Shipping Management (2006) among others. At the same time, ALBA innovates in offering company specific executive training with the first in-house program in the country (1998), the first in-house MBA program (2003), and various joint programs with other leading Business Schools such as INSEAD and Yale.
ALBA was the first in Greece to receive accreditation for its programs from both international bodies, AMBA and EFMD/EPAS.
The academic excellence and innovativeness of ALBA programs is reflected by the fact that ALBA students hold the largest number of awards in the prestigious European Business Plan of the Year Competition in the past 12 years.
Our motto “Business Unusual” reflects the way we view the challenges facing businesses and the society today, in Greece and beyond. In the face of economic, social, political and environmental crisis, we maintain the highest ethical and quality standards and we truly believe in a corporation that is socially responsible, that respects its stakeholders and its environment. This is reflected throughout our curricula as well as organizational practices.
At ALBA Graduate Business School we are fortunate to receive ample recognition and support from the business community in Greece and beyond, having more than 80 large corporations as active members of our General Assembly. This recognition empowers us to continue on our mission to educate the business leaders of tomorrow and to provide to the society cutting-edge scientific knowledge and innovative business education.