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The Business School is awarded the prestigious international accreditation, ACBSP ( Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs  ).

 

For the past five years, KBTU Business School has been a candidate for the ACBSP Accreditation. During this period, the School has constantly improved the quality of its academic programs, faculty and its interaction with stakeholders, including the business community and employers. The School has superb infrastructure and state of the art facilities.

 

The following KBTU programs are now ACBSP Accredited:

Undergraduate: Finance, Management;

Masters: MBA in the Oil and Gas, MBA in Leadership, MBA in Finance, Financial Analysis, Supply Chain and Project Management.

 

The Kazakh-British Technical University's academic programs meet international quality standards. The ACBSP Accreditation is recognition of the high quality of education at the KBTU Business School. Also, it is another milestone in the internationalization of the Kazakhstan educational space as a whole.

 

Founded in 1988, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is the global accrediting body for business education and the only organization offering accreditation at all levels of business training programs, from associate to doctoral level. ACBSP launches quality processes, starting with the accreditation process, based on the Baldrige Criteria for higher quality. Considering aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relations with stakeholders, the quality of academic programs, teacher qualifications, and education support, ACBSP assesses whether rigorous educational experience and continuous quality improvement offer business programs.

 

The KBTU Business School is a regional leader in business education. All programs of the Business School are taught in English and have professional accreditation, such as CFA, ACCA, CIMA. Students and undergraduates have the opportunity to study at the Bloomberg Lab and solve real business cases. Since 2013, the KBTU Business School has been affiliated with the Harvard Business School, the Institute of Microeconomics of Competitiveness - students and postgraduates study the discipline developed by this Institute and Harvard Professor Michael Porter. Also, KBTU Business School is affiliated with СFA Institute, which allows students and undergraduates to receive scholarships for the CFA exam.

 

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education recognized by the US Department of Education. ACBSP accredits over 1,000 business schools and programs worldwide with a focus on teaching excellence.

 

KBS Bachelor Program Performance

 

The following table (Figure 1) provides data on bachelor students recruited to 1st year, retained (from 2nd to 7th year), graduated and dropped during the past 7 years (2013-2019). Students enrolled in the 2014-2015 cohort graduated in June 2018. Recruited students represent those who were admitted to KBS bachelor programs. The number for ‘retained’ shows those who progressed toward graduation including students transferred to KBS from other schools. Dropped out students include those who did not meet KBS academic requirements, transferred to other universities or had to leave for other reasons.

 

Figure 1. KBS Bachelor Students Dynamics (2013-2019)

 

Bachelor Students

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Freshmen (recruited)

106

71

103

94

58

151

124

2-7 year (retained)

424

349

263

254

261

285

346

Graduated

152

142

77

83

65

91

92

Dropped out in this AY from 1 to 7

29

15

35

20

26

25

10

Total this AY

530

420

366

348

319

436

470

 

It is noted that, since 2014, all KBS programs have only admitted students to English language programs. As Figure 2 shows, the school programs have grown in student size consistently year on year.

 

Figure 2. KBS Bachelor Freshman Students (in English Language, 2012-2019)

 

Freshman English

Finance

Management

Accounting

Total

2012-2013

15

4

0

19

2013-2014

34

22

0

56

2014-2015

36

35

0

71

2015-2016

65

38

0

103

2016-2017

44

50

0

94

2017-2018

27

31

7

65

2018-2019

229

167

36

432

2019-2020

226

170

46

442

 

KBS Master Program Performance


Figure 3 shows the total number of recruited, continuing, graduating and dropped students for the three master programs (MBA, MS in Financial Analysis, and MS in Supply Chain & Project Management) for the past 6 academic years (2014-2019). All data are taken from KBTU orders for enrolment, graduation and release. It is noted that, students admitted in 2017-2018 graduate in December 2018, so the bar shows the expected number of graduates. In general, the majority of enrolled students graduate within the set timeframe of 1.5 years. Rates for students taking an extension year and non-graduating exits (dropouts) are relatively low. Overall, our graduate programs have a high on-time completion rate.

 

Figure 3. Master Programs Dynamics (2014-2019)

 

 

Recruited

Graduated

Extended for future years

Dropped

2014-2015

71

57

25

5

2015-2016

60

58

16

11

2016-2017

67

58

24

1

2017-2018

60

58

17

8

2018-2019

49

52

18

0

2019-2020

62

80

17

6