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Master of Business Administration Program
Putra Business School, Malaysia

1. ABEST21 Accreditation Result

ABEST21 Accreditation Result of the Master of Business Administration program at the Putra Business School is a Rank A as follows:
“The School’s educational and research activities have met all or most ABEST21 Management Accreditation Standards and the quality maintenance and improvement of education and research in the aforementioned program are promising and excellent.”
Accreditation commences April 1, 2020 for a five-year period.

2. The Peer Review Team

Leader Dr. Siti Zaleha Sahak, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Member Director Kazuo Tanigawa, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc., Japan
Member Dr. Yunieta Anny Ninggolan, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Member Prof.Dr. Azlan Amran, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

3. The Peer Review Schedule

Peer Review Process Date Remarks
Submission of “Quality Improvement Strategy” Jun. 30, 2018 -
Ratification of “Quality Improvement Strategy” Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 2018 PRC
Submission of “Self-Check/Self-Evaluation Report” Jun. 30, 2019 -
Implementation of the Peer Review Visit Jul. 31 and Sep.13, 2019 PRT
Ratification of “PRT Review Report” Nov. 18-19, 2019 PRC
Informal Announcement of the PRT Review Report Oct. 7, 2019 -
Ratification of the PRT Review Report Mar. 11, 2020 PRC
Recommendation of the ABEST21 Accreditation Mar. 12, 2020 AC
Ratification of the ABEST21 Accreditation Mar. 12, 2020 Board Meetings

4. Comprehensive Review

The Self-Check Report is clearly written, and the supporting evidences are well documented. There are 7 MBA programs offered by the School. However, for the purposes of ABEST21 re-accreditation, the program referred to is the MBA (General Management). The School’s main uniqueness is its human governance philosophy. The School has shown the commitment to continuously improve across all standards. Sophisticated management mechanism was introduced, including quality improvement system. This mechanism has been correctively maintained and it is the key for successful operation.
The program learning outcomes are well explained, and the human governance philosophy is embedded throughout the program. The alumni and the students we interviewed shared their understanding on human governance and its roles. The issues for improvement include measuring effective human governance, globalization of the School, diversity of the faculty members and staff career advancement. Nonetheless, most of these issues have been addressed in the action plans, showing the continuous improvement of the School. Therefore, the autonomy given to the School was the right decision to make it the leading business school not only in the country but possibly in the Asia region.
Overall, we strongly support PBS to be re-accredited. The existing PBS is good and has strong foundations, and with clear improvement plan it would be able to achieve its vision and mission.

5. Good Practice in the Program Management Education

(1) Title of Good Practice in Management Education

“Nurturing Leaders with Human Governance”

(2) Reason for selecting the title stated above

The mission of PBS is to nurture business leaders with human governance. PBS expects that its graduates will lead their business with strong ethical values in order to prosper and serve the society. The Human Governance philosophy represents the uniqueness of PBS. Although this theme is very difficult in MBA education, the issue of Human Governance must be challenged and discussed at the early stage of management education.

6. Matters to be noted

i. The alumni that we interviewed were the graduates of the MBA program developed by UPM and managed by PBS. We take note that the School has yet to have its own graduates of the home-grown program.
ii. As it has been explained in the action plan, PBS needs to be able to measure the achievement of the Human Governance philosophy in the curriculum or in the graduates.

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