GW School of Business Recognized by AACSB International for ‘Global Ingenuity, Innovation and Creativity’

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2016) — The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) was recognized today by AACSB International (AACSB) for “global ingenuity, innovation and creativity,” as part of AACSB’s inaugural Innovations That Inspire initiative. GWSB earned the recognition from the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools for its Capital Markets Program, which the school developed in collaboration with the Milken Institute and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to train mid-level professionals working in the finance sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This is a great honor for the George Washington School of Business,” Dean Linda A. Livingstone said. “The Capital Markets Program exemplifies GWSB’s broad commitment to contribute as a local, national and global citizen, as well as its aim to serve as a leader at the intersection of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Faculty, staff and alumni who helped create the program—as well as our partners at the Milken Institute and the IFC—should all be proud of their contributions to this important initiative.”

The GWSB Capital Markets Program is designed to help encourage the development of strong financial institutions and effective capital markets, which are absolutely vital for long-term economic growth in the world’s poorest countries. The program is scheduled to launch in fall 2016.

“It is my pleasure to recognize the George Washington University School of Business for its role in spearheading ingenuity within the business education landscape,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “As AACSB celebrates 100 years of improving quality management education worldwide, it is important for those within and outside of the industry to be reminded of the vision, leadership, and innovative thinking business schools bring to the table.”

Celebrated as part of AACSB’s Centennial Anniversary and upcoming Visioning Initiative, Innovations That Inspire shines a spotlight on a variety of ways that AACSB member schools, around the globe, are working to innovate and diversify the business education environment. From their approaches to research and learning, to their engagements with stakeholders and oversight of their management and operations, business schools are redefining the way that academic institutions of all kinds create, teach, connect and lead. 

For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, please visit In the coming months, AACSB will continue to showcase more schools and innovations that demonstrate an impressive range of creativity and commitment to quality. Additionally, access to the full portfolio of submissions will be available to member schools via AACSB’s benchmarking database, DataDirect.

A comprehensive look at AACSB’s upcoming Visioning initiative is also available online at, and findings from the Visioning Initiative will be presented at ICAM 2016 in Boston, Mass., April 3-5, 2016.

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About the George Washington University School of Business

GW’s School of Business is an international leader in education and research, which prides itself on training future leaders to be global problem solvers and socially responsible managers. The school leverages its prime location—in the heart of Washington—by attracting visiting scholars and leaders in the business community to work, teach and engage with students on campus.  The depth and variety of its academic and professional programs, including five specialized master’s programs, provide rich opportunities for academic engagement and career development for students in the school’s core Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and doctoral programs.


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About AACSB International

Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.