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“Here at AIM, we train our students to make wise decisions that promote sustainability.”  – Asian Institute of Management



Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Philippines. AIM is the world’s first graduate school of management to receive the ISO 14001 standard in the year 2000.

An award-winning, private, research university and graduate school called Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is located right at the heart of Makati’s Business District. AIM is notable for being one of the few schools in Asia to be accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is an association of educational institutions and businesses with an objective to bring advancement of management education.

This year, AIM celebrates their 47th Anniversary  with a Grand Alumni Homecoming this 6th March 2015 at the AIM Campus. The homecoming’s theme and dress code is a beach party!

AIM was established in 1968 by a Chinese-Filipino accountant named Mr. Washington SyCip. This school was created in partnership with Harvard Business School, the Ford Foundation, and other Asian academic and business communities. They are also connected with Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University.


Awards and Recognitions

AIM has world-class educational standards with local board of trustees and an international board of governors. This is also an award-winning business and research university with a Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding in 1995 for its achievement in training Asians with regards to management of business and development.

AIM is also the world’s first graduate school of management to receive the ISO 14001 standard in the year 2000. ISO 14001 is an international standard certification that pertains to rules and system guidelines about quality management and environmental management of an organisation. The certification and accreditation are awarded by the ISO. ISO (or International Organization for Standardization) is an international standard-setting body with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Here in the Philippines, a Swiss company called SGS Phils., Inc. is a company commissioned by ISO Geneva to conduct strict auditing and ISO certifications of companies, schools, and organisations.


Great Founder of AIM

AIM’s Founding Father and Chairman Emeritus is Mr. Washington SyCip. He was born on 30 June 1921 in Manila. He will celebrate his 94th birthday this year.


Founder of Asian Institute of Management, Mr. Washington SyCip

His father is Albino SyCip who is known as the “Dean of Philippine Banking” and also the first ethnic Chinese to be admitted to the Philippine Bar.

During the Second World War, he was a student in the United States for a postgraduate degree. His father was in Manila at that time and was detained by the Japanese. Eventually, Mr. Washington SyCip heard the news that his father was executed. Because of this, he volunteered in the war efforts where he was recruited as a “codebreaker” after training in a “special codebreaking” class.



Remembering the past: (Left to Right) AIM’s founder Mr. Washington SyCip with Stephen H. Fuller (AIM President 1969-1971), James W. Culliton (AIM President 1971-1972) and Gabino A. Mendoza (AIM Dean 1973-1986 and AIM President 1978-1986

When the war ended, Mr. Washington SyCip began his practice as an accountant. Later on, he started a company in partnership with Alfredo Velayo and Ramon Gorres. They created a company known as SyCip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV & Co.) SGV & Co. is the Philippines’ largest multidisciplinary professional services firm. This company has over 1,800 professionals as employees who are mostly CPAs, lawyers, economists, HR experts, financial analysts and other experts. SGV & Co. is the only professional services company in the Philippines with an ISO 9002 certification. This is a reflection of Mr. SyCip’s great talent and high standards in running any school or company that he owns.

Other than his achievements as founder of SGV & Co., Mr. Washington SyCip also has several awards and honours in the fields of accountancy and consultancy. 

Here is a list of his awards:

  • Officer First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (1987)

  • Philippine Legion of Honour, Degree of Commander (1991)

  • Order of Lakandula, Rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) (2011)

  • Ramon V. del Rosario Award for Nation Building (2012) 


For further educational background, Mr. Washington SyCip has BS and MS degrees from the University of Sto. Tomas (the largest Catholic university in the Philippines). He also studied at Columbia Business School in Manhattan, New York where he has a degree as Master of Science in Commerce.


AIM is an Excellent Choice 
“Committed toward making a difference in sustaining the growth of Asian societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible leaders and managers.” (AIM’s motto) 

Why is AIM an excellent university? Aside from having world-class quality of education and standards, AIM offers courses that train students into exceptional future leaders by helping them develop skills and knowledge needed in business, public service or other fields. They offer courses like: 

  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)

  • Master in Management (MM)

  • Master in Development Management (MDM)

  • Evening Executive MBA (EMBA) 


In general, these courses give students a solid foundation in management disciplines in order to make them competent and excellent leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, etc. From these courses, students learn about leadership and teamwork, smart problem solving skills, managing human resources and diversity, effective written and oral communication, managing change or crisis, and more.


Another advantage for students in AIM is that they are linked through AIM’s international corporate and public sector partners and AIM’s notable alumni network.


AIM’s teaching method is known for its “participative-learning approach.” Students are oriented with real-life business scenarios to sharpen their skills in analysing and solving problems. Part of knowing real-life business situations is being able to make wise management and financial decisions despite limitations in time or resources. A good leader is also trained how to make actions and decisions that will not have a negative effect on people in the company or on the environment. Students are familiarised with cultural diversity with regards to Asian business cultures and also with the western culture and market trends. A student acquires an edge in knowing how to make cultural diversity into an advantage in business decisions. 


Other than the courses offered, AIM is also the host and organiser of several seminars for  further educational exposure to important topics. Some seminars help in career enhancement. Their seminars are open to both AIM students and even to outsiders who may be interested in the topics offered. Majority of their seminars are free. 


For Master in Business Administration, Master in Management, and Master in Development Management, there are classes from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday classes are also held occasionally. 


For Executive MBA classes, the schedule is one week per month except at the beginning and end of the program wherein classes run for two weeks a month. 


Schedule for Evening EMBA classes are three evenings per week.


AIM Advantage – Student Loans 

AIM and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) joined together to offer a loan facility for prospective Filipino students. For enrollees who are US Citizens, there is also good news regarding loan applications. AIM has been re-certified to participate in the U.S. Federal Student Aid Program. This means that U.S. citizens who wish to enroll in any of AIM’s master’s degree courses may avail of financial assistance through U.S. Federal Student Aid Program. 

U.S. Federal Student Aid Program is the largest provider of student financial aid in America. They are responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs. These programs provide loans, grants, and work-study funds.


Facilities and Features 

Facilities inside this school provide an environment that is very much conducive to learning and help students maintain a balanced life. 


The Joseph R. McMicking Campus in AIM is fully air-conditioned with broadband and WiFi connections. They also have 10 amphitheatre-style caserooms with audiovisual and multimedia facilities for effective and state-of-the-art classroom discussions and learning. Another feature is the videoconferencing which is made available through the AIM-World Bank Global Distance Learning Center. 


AIM offers a library at the Knowledge Resource Center and the AIM-World Bank Knowledge for Development Center which give students access to publications of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other useful resources.


AIM’s facility also includes a six-level dormitory which has a student lounge, gym, study area, 45 air-conditioned rooms, clinic and chapel. Muslims also have their own prayer room. Other facilities include a swimming pool and a cafeteria that even serves vegetarian food.


The AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM) is another excellent feature in AIM’s building. It is a business hotel that offers accommodations. They have 106 guestrooms and suites, two restaurants, one business centre, two caserooms, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. For the guestrooms and suites, the room service and food are excellent.


Meet the Happy Students 

Here are some success stories and comments of graduates. 


“AIM took its own pace in transforming me and eventually brought my best, without me even knowing. I trust AIM can do better to incoming students as it has become a benchmark of quality education in Asia.” – Cathyrne Jonne Licudine, MBA 2010, Consultant, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Malacañang,Philippines


“AIM provided me with substantial advantages in career advancement. Learning from a strong and highly competent faculty while exchanging views with fellow students with diverse backgrounds gave me a wider perspective in business and economics.Through the application of the case based method in analyzing real life solutions in classroom discussions, I have learned important concepts and gained valuable skills demanded by my career.” –Jez Dela Cruz, MBA 2009, Management Associate, Institutional Clients Group, Citibank, Philippines


“AIM taught me to listen, think on my feet, defend my thoughts, and integrate ideas. I saw how diversity can result to immense synergies, fruitful learnings, and strong friendships.” – Clarence Lim, MBA 2009, Assistant Brand Manager,Procter and Gamble, Singapore and Philippines



Alumni of AIM

AIM’s alumni list are composed of students from over 70 countries. They have alumni chapters from 15 countries like Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong/China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. The Federation of AIM Alumni Association pays tribute yearly to alumni with excellent achievements in their professional field. These members are given the “Alumni Achievement Award” or it is called “Triple A.” 


A lot of great people enrolled and graduated from AIM. AIM not only provides a diploma for an attractive resume. AIM also trains their students to be great leaders in their field in business, public affairs, among others. Some of the alumni are high-ranking military leaders or CEOs of big corporations here and in other countries.



“Make sure to don your chic beach wear for the Grand Alumni Homecoming this March 6, 2015! It’s a night replete with laughter, fun, music, and memories as we celebrate AIM’s 47th Anniversary. For more inquiries, email See you there!”


Asian Institute of Management is located at:

123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City 1260, Philippines

phone: +63 2 892 4011

Author: Marcelle Villegas  


Photo source: 

AIM Building – photo by Jun Acullador 

AIM’s Founder Mr. Washington SyCip

Who is Washington SyCip


Upcoming Alumni Homecoming 

AIM student pie chart –

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Posted by Asian Institute of Management on Friday, June 28, 2013





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