Established in 1968 through collaborative efforts of some forward thinking Asian academicians and business leaders, AIM offers five different customised degree programmes that include a 16-month masters in business administration (for young graduates and executives), a 11-month masters in management (for experienced executives and middle-level managers) and a 11-month masters in development management (for mid-career managers looking for career progression in public and civil organisations, cooperatives and non-profit organisations). It also offers a 20-month EMBA and a 15-month EMBA for entrepreneurship (for working executives), along with various customised executive and management development programmes for different business and non-business organisations.
Prof. Ricardo A Lim, Dean at AIM, attributes the institute’s success to its unique academic philosophy, “At AIM, learning is about building real skills: communicating, collaborating, working with teams, thinking, analysing, negotiating and making decisions. No matter how confusing the world gets, these skills will help one succeed.” He adds that students at AIM are encouraged to ‘question’ anything that would otherwise seem obvious – a skill he strongly believes would help students walk down the right road in the future.
AIM operates out of the Joseph R. McMicking Campus in Makata City, located in the central business district of Manila, the capital of Philippines. Amphitheatre class-rooms, fitted with the latest teaching aids along with videoconferencing facilities available through the AIM-World Bank Global Distance Learning Center, provide the perfect setting for the case-method learning process adopted by AIM.
AIM’s gradual ascent as an Asian powerhouse in management education is evident from its 40,000-strong alumni in over 70 countries.
AIM’s commitment to management excellence has been recognised by many organisations through different awards and accolades. It became the first institute in South East Asia to be recognised with the much sought after AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation in 2004. The institute’s MBA was ranked the 13th best programme in Asia and Australasia in The Economist 2009 rankings. It was ranked 11th in the Asia Pacific region in the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2007. It has also been awarded with the coveted Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1995 for its role in promoting international understanding and “setting region-wide standards for excellence.” It was the first graduate school of management in the world to be awarded ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system in 2000.
Paras Mantri, 28, an alumnus from the 2010 batch, says, “Apart from the strong teaching methodology and influential alumni network, International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) was certainly one of the reasons I had opted for Asian Institute of Management.”
Many like Mantri choose AIM over other B-Schools for the wide student exchange options available with B-Schools and universities like the Wharton School (UPenn) and Kenan Flagler Business School, USA; McGill University and York University, Canada; Melbourne Business School, Australia; National University of Singapore and over 20 other institutes from 14 different countries.
AIM has maintained its academic leadership all through these years by structuring its curriculum that has weathered the recessions of the 70’s, the ASEAN crisis of the 90’s and the ongoing global economic slowdown.