May/June 2000 // Letters to the Editor
Heriot-Watt MBA and AMBA "Accreditation"
by Deepak Tripathi
Note: This article was originally published in The Technology Source ( as: Deepak Tripathi "Heriot-Watt MBA and AMBA "Accreditation"" The Technology Source, May/June 2000. Available online at The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.

I am a citizen of the United Kingdom and an MBA student at Heriot-Watt University, whose program I regard extremely highly. I have also served on two National Health Trust Boards and other bodies in senior management positions and have spent most of my working life with BBC News, so I am not really used to giving unqualified praise. Still, Heriot-Watt Business School, Director Lumsden, and his faculty deliver unprecedented opportunities to people like me.

Although university education in Britain is granted considerable autonomy, it is largely government-financed and monitored. What I care about in this context is a properly constituted, reputable institution with respected faculty. Membership in any other organization makes no material difference to me, especially in agencies that merely protect a minority of institutions with disregard for the broader picture. AMBA speaks for only 30 or so institutions in the U.K. and even fewer abroad. Whether a program is "recognized" here in the U.K. or "accredited" in the U.S. is of no consequence. Any MBA that is consistently included in the Economist guide to the world's 100 best MBAs—and ranked in the German magazine Focus among the 25 best MBAs in the U.K. and 75 best in Europe—is good enough for me. The Financial Times newspaper, in its latest rankings published on 8 April 2000, puts Heriot-Watt University at 35 out of 97 universities evaluated in the U.K. Heriot-Watt, with a royal charter and a fine reputation, is as good an institution as any to me and to many people in the U.K. and abroad.

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