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The UK government has announced its list of preferred MBA suppliers for local and central government and for its wider public sector customers, but only eight of the nine selected programmes are accredited by the the UK’s industry body, the Association of MBAs.

Amba accreditation, the quality benchmark for UK MBA programmes, is awarded to 47 UK institutions.

The government list was drawn up using criteria such as programme design and delivery, calibre of teaching staff and value for money and includes two types of programmes, executive (part-time) MBAs and MBAs by distance learning. For the distance learning degrees, all three suppliers - Henley Business School, the Open University and the University of Leicester - are Amba accredited. But for the part-time programmes one of the two London-based institutions - London South Bank University - is not accredited.

Although London is home to some of the top EMBA programmes in the world, from schools such as London Business School, City University’s Cass business school, LSE and Imperial College, they are also some of the world’s most expensive and these institutions do not make the government list, published by Buying Solutions. The second London-based part-time MBA programme is from the University of Westminster.

Outside the capital, the government has selected programmes in Birmingham (University of Birmingham), Manchester (Manchester Metropolitan University), Nottingham (University of Nottingham) and Southampton (University of Southampton).

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