Jun. 25, 2015
​​​The Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program at BGU's Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, is the first Israeli MBA program to earn the international accreditation from the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) EPAS, the internationally acclaimed Program Accreditation System operated by the EFMD.

This accomplishment is particularly impressive, as this customized MBA program focuses on social leadership, social issues and nonprofit management combined with core MBA studies. The Mandel Social Leadership MBA embodies the GGFBM mission to promote and enable social change through better management. The EPAS accreditation signifies recognition that the Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program meets the highest international standards of MBA academic programs in the world, and provides top-quality education, and moreover, most distinctively in Social Leadership studies. Subsequently, prospective students, faculty and researchers will find the SLMBA and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management a promising platform for successful studies and careers.

“As the SLMBA is currently recruiting its fifth class of students, we have good reason to be proud of obtaining such international recognition, particularly in such a short period of time,” remarked Prof. Oded Lowengart, Dean of the Faculty. “Such recognition of a high quality, globally-focused MBA program brings acclaim to the GGFBM as well, and to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.”​

"The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management (GGFBM) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is proud to be the first Israeli academic institute to have achieved EPAS accreditation. Such recognition of the GGFBM as a quality, globalizing business faculty, through its prestigious Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program, brings acclaim to BGU and to Israel. At the same time, we are grateful to the University for providing the platform, the forethought and planning to have created this extraordinary MBA, like no other, that spearheads an idyllic degree, as well as more GGFBM degree programs and research which are gaining momentum in international commendation. We are looking forward to becoming well acquainted with our peers in EPAS, sharing knowledge and progress. The GGFBM MBA in Social Leadership exemplifies implementing social change through better management, as the GGFBM embodies this philosophy of a better world through better management."