Asian Institute of Management

Asian Institute of Management

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The Asian Institute of Management, or simply AIM, is a graduate school of business and a center of business and management research. It is one of the few business schools in Asia to be internationally accredited with the AACSB accreditation. It is sometimes referred to as the "Harvard of the East" because it was established in partnership with Harvard Business School and because it uses Harvard teaching methodologies.

It was described by Asiaweek magazine (a TIME publication) as the best in the Asia-Pacific region, and other magazines as one of the top three in Asia in the field of business education.

It was co-founded in 1968 by Ralph Z. Sorenson, a graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard Business School, and through an agreement by the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University-Manila. It is located in Makati City, Manila, Philippines. AIM has a local board of trustees and an international board of governors. Today, AIM executes over twenty distinct programs each year.

It received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding in 1995, for training Asians in management of business and development. With its commitment to the quality and the environment, AIM also became the world's first graduate school of management to receive the ISO 14001 standard in 2000 .



The Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business has two degree programs: the 16-month Master in Business Administration and the 11-month Master in Management. The programs are global in scope and content, Asian in context and delivery, and designed with emphasis on practitioner-oriented learning. Instruction is based primarily on the case method originally developed at Harvard Business School. The school applies American and European management principles to problems in Asia. Over the decades, however, the school has built up a bank of its own Asian cases. The school's authentically Asian solutions to the region's management problems is a unique strength in its business education.

The Center for Development Management (CDM) is a pioneer and authority in the field of development management in Asia. Since its inception in the early 1980s, CDM has grown to become a strategic ally of governments, multilateral and development organizations, and public institutions in the region. CDM’s degree and certificate programs seek to produce development catalysts who are capable of implementing programs with the largest impact on the poorest and focused on building strong institutions for sustainability. CDM has an 11-month Master in Development Management program intended for executives and managers from developing nations who are deeply committed to the advancement of Asia. In addition, CDM conducts research, certificate courses in development management, and institution-building activities for Asian organizations. The center teaches development managers in matters that involve social and economic development of different sectors, most especially the marginalized.

The Executive Education and Life Long Learning Center (EXCELL) is AIM’s answer to companies’ demand for continuous education in today’s global and highly competitive environment and for managers with trusted capabilities in accomplishing set goals. Its programs transform executives in the Asian region into skilled and well-versed global managers and leaders. It offers the 18-month Executive MBA, rated No. 1 by Asiaweek in 2000.

The Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) has a Master in Entrepreneurship program to train entrepreneurs on making enterprises more productive, professional, and profitable.


The Institute’s endowed centers create venues and avenues for AIM program participants and the general public to exchange ideas and expertise, sharpen know-how on issues of the day, recommend policies, and propose action. These activities paint a colorful dimension to the overall AIM experience while influencing the evolution of the Asian region. [ AIM Brochure.indd ] ]

1. AIM Policy Center. Considered the public policy think-tank of AIM, the Center aims to enhance the overall competitiveness of Asian countries through research and policy studies in the Philippines in particular, and the region in general. The unique contribution of the Center is research that involves real-world experiences of industry, government, and civil society. It convenes various stakeholders through roundtable discussions, workshops, seminars, conferences, and policy briefings that provide venues for collaboration and discussion to encourage the formulation of solutions to public problems.

2. Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Center for Banking and Finance. The mission of the Center is to bring together the key players in Asia’s banking and financial services industry, promote beneficial business alliances, and host training programs and forums that generate a consensus of industry players as well as research on relevant issues and concerns. The Center also seeks to develop competent Asian financial managers by undertaking research and organizing business forums, review courses, and training programs.

3. Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility. The Center is one of the first research centers in the region concentrating on corporate responsibility issues. Its main objective is the promotion of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and citizenship, as well as their impact on society. The Center accomplishes this through case-writing, research, program development, executive education training, and local and regional conferences. Major activities include the annual Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility, the largest conference on CSR in Asia, and the Asian CSR Awards.

4. TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides. The TeaM Energy Center was established as a leadership training and research center that would provide capacity to address exclusion and inequities towards a society without divides. The Center aims to develop Bridging Leaders who understand societal divides, engage critical stakeholders to take ownership of the problem and its solutions, and work with them to facilitate program interventions that will bridge the divides. The collaborative action will hopefully result in a collective action plan that will bring about stakeholder empowerment to address and reduce societal inequities, improve quality of life, and promote greater human security.

5. Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. - C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance. The Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr.-C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance aims to be the premier center in Asia for research, training, and advocacy in corporate governance matters. Its mission is to promote the practice of good corporate governance among private and public companies in the region. To this end, the Center’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes research, advocacy and engaging with stakeholders both in the Philippines and in Asia to increase understanding of corporate governance issues and assist in developing and implementing corporate governance policies.


The World Bank selected AIM as its strategic partner in Asia with the establishment of the AIM-World Bank Development Resource Center in October 2002, making AIM the first private management education institution in the world to partner with the World Bank. In addition, AIM is a center of excellence of the Asian Development Bank and collaborates with the ADB in delivering relevant programs that cultivate progress in Asian societies.

Alliances with Academic Associations and Organizations. AIM is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, European Foundation for Management Development, International Management Development Network, International University Consortium for Executive Education, Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research, and Partnership in International Management.

Alliances with Key Multilateral and Intergovernmental Organizations. AIM has strong linkages with the Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund, International Finance Corporation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank.

Alliances with International Development Agencies. AIM programs and projects have been supported by The Asia Foundation, Australian Agency for International Development, Canadian International Development Agency, German Technical Cooperation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Student Exchange. Under the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the top 40% of MBA students are given the opportunity to study for one term in more than 30 prestigious partner learning institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. The ISEP list below is subject to change.

1. North America - Canada: Faculty of Management, McGill University; Schulich School of Business, York University. US: Anderson School, UCLA; Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina; Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California; George Graziado School of Business, Pepperdine University; Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

2. Latin America - Mexico: Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa (IPADE); Venezuela: Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion.

3. Europe - Austria: Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Denmark: Copenhagen Business School. France: Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management, Burgundy Business School, EDHEC, HEC. Germany: University of Cologne, University of Mannheim. Italy: Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. Norway: Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Poland: Warsaw School of Economics. Spain – ESADE Business School. Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics. Switzerland: University of St. Gallen.

4. Asia - China: Sun Yat Sen University. India: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, Xavier Labour Relations Institute. Japan: Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University. Korea: Korea University Business School, KAIST Graduate School of Management. Malaysia: Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia. Singapore: Nanyang Business School, National University of Singapore Business School. Thailand: Asian Institute of Technology School of Management.

5. Australia - Australia: University of Sydney. New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.

6. Africa - South Africa: Wits Business School, University of the Witswatersrand.

International Recognition

AIM’s commitment to management excellence has been recognized by many organizations.

· Winner of the 1995 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for its role in promoting International Understanding 1995 and “setting region-wide standards for excellence”

· Recipient of the 1st Beyond Grey Pinstripes Award for Business School Innovation in Social Impact Management in 2001. In 2003, Beyond Grey Pinstripes cited AIM for Excellence in Integration in Core Curriculum for reporting the most content on social impact and environmental management topics in the core courses

· 11th best business school in Asia Pacific based on QS TopMBA’s list of Top Business Schools in 2007

· First graduate school of management in the world to be awarded ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Management System in 2000

· Award for Human Resource Development given in 1994 by the Association for Regional Training and Development Organizations

· One of the few Asian institutions selected in 1997 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as a Center of Excellence in Human Resources Development Research and Training

AIM Alumni

AIM has a network of more than 36,000 alumni located in more than 70 countries worldwide.For four decades, AIM has shaped the minds and personalities of aspiring, enterprising young men and women from all points of the globe. Alumni chapters are present in 15 countries: Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong/China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.

Every year the Federation of AIM Alumni Associations pays tribute to a select group of members with excellent performance in various fields of professional, entrepreneurial, or developmental endeavor through the Alumni Achievement Award or Triple A. The basic criteria for the Triple A are excellence and capability related to the exercise of one’s profession.

Prominent alumni

For 40 years, the halls of AIM have witnessed the growth and passage of some of Asia’s best minds:
* Mr. Ashok Soota (MBM ’73) - Chairman and Managing Director, MindTree Consulting PVT Ltd., India
* Mr. Tien-Cheng Lee (MBM ’73) - Former Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank AG Taiwan, Taiwan
* Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong (TMP ’83) - Founder, CEO, and President, Jollibee Foods Corp.Philippines; winner of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
* Mr. Napoleon Nazareno (MBM ’73) - President and CEO, Smart Communications, Inc., Philippines
* Mr. Robert Chandran (MBM ’74) - President, Chemoil Corporation, Singapore
* Mr. Bambang Trianto (MM ’78) - Central Bank of Indonesia
* Mr. Jae-Neung Cha (MDP ’76) - Max Management Consulting Institute, Korea
* Hon. Jesli Lapus (MBM ’73) - Secretary of Education; former Congressman of Tarlac Province, and former president of Land Bank of the Philippines.
* Mr. Angelo Reyes (MBM ’73) - Energy Secretary; Former Secretary of National Defense, Philippines
* Mr. Guillermo Parayno, Jr. (MBM ’77) - Former Commissioner, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippines
* Tan Sri Dato Talho Mohd Hashim (MM ’76) - Sepakat Setia Perunding Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
* Hon. Sukavich Rangsitpol (MDP ’76) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Thailand
* Mr. Daniel Choon Hui Koh (MDP ’72) - Chairman and Managing Director, Roche Singapore Pte. Ltd. Singapore
* Mr. Renato de Villa (MBM ’72) - Former Executive Secretary and Defense Secretary, Philippines
* Mr. Alfred Xerez-Burgos, Jr. (MBM ’71) - President and CEO, Landco Pacific Corp., Philippines
* Mr. Vikas Sinha (MBA ’83) - CFO and Senior Vice President, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, USA
* Mr. Perpetuo de Claro (MBM ’73) - Former President and GM, Wyeth Philippines


The Asian Institute of Management will appeal the June 5, 2008 unfair labor practices ruling of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) labor arbiter Marita Padolina, for harassing officers and members of the AIM Faculty Association (AFA), which chose to go to court to defend the right of faculty to self-organization. Padolina ordered AIM to reinstate faculty association president Emmanuel Leyco and chairman Victor Limlingan, who were suspended for a year for “dysfunctional behavior,” serious misconduct, and willful breach of trust and confidence. The faculty, in a letter, accused the AIM management of having failed to allocate P 984 million as its share in the yearly tuition increases. AIM president Francis Estrada and Dean Victoria Licuanan denied the accusations.

In a recent statement, the premier graduate school claimed the labor arbiter’s ruling on June 5, 2008 was based exclusively on the AIM Faculty Association (AFA) allegations. "The decision did not independently discuss the truth or credibility of the unsubstantiated accusations made by the AFA," school officials said. "Absent factual and legal basis, the arbitrariness of the Decision sends a chilling message to international institutions and businesses seeking to do business in the Philippines." The staggering P1 billion in salary increases sought for by AFA president Emmanuel Leyco and chairman Victor Limlingan was also "without merit", they added. [ [, AIM’s loss, Ateneo’s gain] ] [ [ Abs-Cbn Interactive, AIM to appeal NLRC ruling on unfair labor practices] ] s

External links

* [ Official Site] * [ W. SyCip Graduate School of Business] * [ Executive Education] * [ Center for Development Management] * [ Alumni Portal] * [ 40th Anniversary Brochure] * [ Representative Offices]


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