Europe’s gateway 

In a press release, AACSB’s CEO John Fernandes explained why Amsterdam represents the company’s gateway to Europe and beyond: “We are excited to open our doors in Amsterdam, a well-known hub for the business education community, and a city that represents an innovative, open and business-minded society. It is also a prime location for our headquarters given its access to international transport links that enable easy travel throughout the EMEA region.”

Tom Robinson, incoming president and CEO of AACSB International, added: “Through our Amsterdam office, AACSB will be better positioned to strengthen its membership, professional development and accreditation services across the region – providing a stronger platform for business schools to further enhance the high quality of education they provide, and increase engagement within the communities they serve.”

Home to headquarters

AACSB joins a large pool of international companies that already do business in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Various international rankings indicate that the region remains a leading candidate for companies establishing European headquarters. In 2014, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area attracted 42 headquarters and 46 marketing & sales offices, collectively creating 947 jobs. A number of factors ensure that the region remains an attractive option, including increasing internationalisation, consolidation in strongly performing regions, the presence of fast internet connections, high quality of life and the availability of domestic and international talent.