Inter-School Business Association


In 1976, the Inter-School Business Association was conceived by three enterprising Ateneans—Oscar Pobre, Tom Barrameda and Jorge Jimenez. The organization was formed not only to provide business students with the necessary training and experience in management skills, but also to arouse in them a sense of responsibility for their fellowmen in the prevailing social conditions. The organization grew with affiliation of the already established Maryknoll Business Association. This formed IBA’s first two local chapters.

In 1978, two new affiliate chapters joined this budding organization. These were Assumption College and the University of the Philippines. In 1979, IBA was officially recognized by the Council of Activities of the Ateneo Sanggunian. In the early part of 1980, the new chapters were elevated to Local Chapter status in recognition of their contributions to the ideals of IBA.

By 1982, IBA was elevated to the status of corporation—a non-stock, non-profit corporation. Some of their productive activities include seminars, medical clinics company tours, exposure programs, benefit shows, scholarships and many others.

During the 1990’s other Local Chapters were born, the De La Salle University and Center for Research and Communication (now UA&P). The new millennium has come, the active Local Chapters at present are the University of the Philippines and Miriam College.

To date, the organization continues to grow, guided by that social consciousness which has now become a trademark of most, if not all, of IBA’s undertakings.

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