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The UK’s Association of Business Schools (ABS) has announced its second reciprocal membership agreement in four months, through an alliance with the Arab Society of Faculties of Business, Economics and Political Sciences (BEPS). In January the ABS announced its first major overseas alliance with the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools, which represents business schools in 15 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore.

BEPS has around 50 member institutions throughout the Middle East, including Algeria, Sudan, Lybia and Bahrain. ABS and BEPS together represent nearly 200 business schools and more than 510,000 business and management students.

Angus Laing, Chairman of the ABS and dean of the school of economics at Loughborough University said the alliance came at a pivotal point for management education. “This development will ensure that the UK and Middle East and North Africa have a closer bond that the business and management community will benefit from accordingly as well as providing us with an unrivalled opportunity to develop new ways of working and capacity build in the region”.

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