Asian Focus


Asia is a region of dramatic contrasts. It is a region of great wealth and dire poverty. It is the seat of ancient eastern cultures and rapid westernization. It is a region of competing ideologies. It is a region grappling with issues of justice and deprivation.

AIM believes it is responsible to this Asian region as a whole. Its role is to help provide the managerial component in the process of social, political, technological, and economic development.  To achieve this role, AIM is categorically Asian with a strong concentration on Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Economic Community. Its faculty, student body, teaching materials, and research are predominantly Asian. Its programs are designed for Asian needs, their approach attuned to Asian management with a global perspective and responsive to peculiar Asian issues. Students come to AIM because of the Institute’s 40-plus years of experience in imparting and enhancing knowledge and skills to develop sensitivity to the diverse cultures/belief systems, business structures, and governance and regulatory environment in the region.

AIM has established itself as the source of premier human resource development for the private and public sectors in emerging markets, especially in Asia. The nexus of business and development management at AIM has been carved by its embodiment of the following assets and characteristics:

  • AIM’s international Board of Governors is composed of eminent persons who share a deep commitment to the development of Asia and its peoples.
  • AIM’s student body is multinational and primarily Asian.
  • AIM alumni can be found in the highest levels of responsibility in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors throughout the Asia Pacific.
  • AIM curricula, courses, and teaching materials have been developed for the conditions and needs of both private and public Asian enterprises and are offered not only in the Philippines but also in other Asian countries.
  • AIM programs are practitioner-oriented; as such, its relationships with corporations all over the region are fundamental to the development and enhancement of its programs and activities. 
  • AIM creates innovative management programs and establishes relationships with key academic institutions and development organizations all over the world. In particular, AIM is a founding member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools.
  • AIM’s academically and professionally qualified faculty have a broad regional outlook and wide experience in and knowledge of Asian management and practice.
  • AIM largely draws support from the region in terms of financial contributions and participation by the management and business community in AIM’s teaching and research activities.