The Asian Institute of Management

At the Heart of an Ever-Changing Asia

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is an Asian pioneer in management education. The Institute was founded in 1968 by a consortium of prominent business leaders, Philippine academic institutions, and the Harvard Business School.

AIM is the first school in Southeast Asia to receive accreditation from the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), globally recognized as having the world's highest standards.

Throughout its history, the Institute has sought to empower students to thrive in challenging, rapidly shifting environments. It achieves this by encouraging a more considerate, effective, and sustainable approach to business in society.

Our mission is to sustain the growth of Asian businesses and societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially-responsible leaders and managers.In line with this mission, we:

  • offer leading-edge practitioner-oriented management programs and use learning technologies that are responsive to our diverse markets;
  • promote research that elevates these programs to higher levels of excellence;
  • attract and develop an international faculty of distinctive competence and highly skilled and trained staff who ensure the delivery of quality services; and
  • nurture and sustain a culture that rewards professionalism, creativity, and excellence.

 

The Institute is alma mater to a majority of directors at the 25 most valuable listed companies in the country. It is also the most-preferred school* among 94 corporate directors interviewed by Forbes magazine.

*Source: Forbes Magazine Philippines, June 2015


History

Since it was founded in 1968 by the Harvard Business School and academics as well as prominent business leaders of the Philippines, the Institute has been committed to contributing towards sustaining the growth of Asian businesses and societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible managers and leaders.

“If you look at the history of AIM, it’s a history of becoming.”

- Prof. Gaby Mendoza
AIM President (1978-1986) and Dean (1973-1986)
  • 1966

    The Ford Foundation bestows a USD 1.2 million grant upon Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle College, and the Philippine Inter-University Consortium. The grant is meant to kickstart the founding of a business school in Manila.

  • 1968

    The consortium and the Harvard group establish the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)

    The Eugenio López Foundation donates PHP 5 million for the construction of the main building, situated on a one-hectare site in Makati provided by the Ayala Corporation.

  • 1969

    AIM admits its first students to the Master in Business Management (later renamed Master in Business Administration) program.

  • 1970

    AIM opens its first non-degree programs: the Air Transport Course and the eight-week Management Development Program for senior and middle managers.

  • 1974

    AIM launches the one-year Master in Management (MM) program and short-term executive development programs.

  • 1975

    President Ferdinand Marcos signs Presidential Decree 639, formalizing AIM’s international character and granting it prerogatives conducive to its growth as an international graduate school of management.

  • 1978

    AIM introduces the Rural Development Management Program with funding from The Ford Foundation.

  • 1989

    The Master in Development Management (MDM) program is offered for the first time, with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency.

  • 1994

    AIM and the Far East Bank and Trust Co. jointly launch the Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Center for Banking and Finance at AIM, in honor of the late Central Bank Governor.

  • 1996

    The AIM-W. SyCip Policy Forum (later renamed AIM Policy Center) is established.

  • 1997

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific cites AIM as a Center for Excellence in human resource development research and training.

    AIM launches the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in Malaysia. It is the first AIM degree program to be offered outside the Philippines.

    The AIM Conference Center is inaugurated by President Fidel V. Ramos.

  • 1999

    The AIM-Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility is founded with support from the Ford Foundation and PHINMA.

  • 2000

    The institute launches the Master in Entrepreneurship program. The program will help shape a generation of entrepreneurs who are behind many of the Philippines’ well-loved and trusted brands. These include Mary Grace Dimacali, founder of Mary Grace Café; Eduardo Tuviera, CEO of Lightscape, Inc.; Raphael Juan of Centro; Rommel Juan of Binalot; Jose Magsaysay, Jr. of Potato Corner; and Rowena Matti of Galileo Enrichment Program.

  • 2002

    AIM names its graduate school of business in honor of its founder, Washington SyCip.

  • 2003

    AIM launches the Asian Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to honor corporations with the best corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles and practices.

  • 2004

    The AIM-Mirant Center for Bridging Societal Divides is inaugurated. The center is later renamed the TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership.

    AIM becomes the first school in Southeast Asia to receive accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

  • 2007

    AIM launches the redesigned 16-month MBA program.

  • 2008

    AIM opens the Ramon V. del Rosario Sr.-CV Starr Center for Corporate Governance.

  • 2012

    AIM starts offering the part-time Executive MBA program.

    AIM establishes the Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism.

  • 2014

    Dr. Stephen Zuellig cements his partnership with AIM by giving a generous donation to the Center for Development Management (CDM). In his honor, CDM was renamed the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (ZSDM, or the Zuellig School).

  • 2016

    AIM launches the Master of Science in Innovation and Business for STEAM and reintroduces the Master in Entrepreneurship (ME) program.

Presidents

  • Jikyeong Kang 2015 - Present
  • Steven J. DeKrey 2012 - 2015
  • Edilberto C. de Jesús 2009 - 2012
  • Francis G. Estrada 2006 - 2009
  • Roberto F. de Ocampo 1999 - 2006
  • Felipe B. Alfonso 1991 - 1999
  • Gabino A. Mendoza 1978 - 1986
  • Sixto K. Roxas 1972 - 1978
  • James W. Culliton 1971 - 1972
  • Stephen H. Fuller 1968 - 1971

Chairmen

  • Napoleon L. Nazareno 2011
  • Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. 1989 - 2011
  • Washington SyCip 1968

Accreditation, Awards and Recognition

  • AACSB Accreditation

    AACSB Accredited

    AIM is the first school in Southeast Asia to achieve accreditation from the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) based on the world’s highest international standards.

  • Pinstripes

    Beyond Grey Pinstripes Awards

    In 2001, AIM was honored with the 1st Beyond Grey Pinstripes Award for Business School Innovation in Social Impact Management.

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award

    1995 Ramon Magsaysay Award

    AIM is a winner of the 1995 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for promoting international understanding and “setting region-wide standards for excellence.”