EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following schools who have recently been re-accredited by EQUIS:

“We are delighted with the news that the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, has been reaccredited for five years. EQUIS accreditation is very important to us as an internationally minded business school, and we have worked consistently to improve the quality of our activity, first recognised by EQUIS in 2008. To have our efforts reaffirmed in such a way is extremely pleasing, but also confirms how strong our school is now that EQUIS accreditation is recognised all over the world by students, academia and business as a significant indicator of business school quality,” commented Stewart Robinson, the Dean at Loughborough.

David Oglethorpe, the Dean at Sheffield, added: “We are delighted to be re-awarded EQUIS accreditation, confirming our position amongst the best management schools in the world. Accreditations are vital in the pursuit of excellence at Sheffield University Management School and we’d like to thank EFMD and both the EQUIS Peer Review Team and Accreditation Board for acknowledging our continued success. I am especially proud of our continued excellence around ethics, responsibility and sustainability, themes which shape our mission, vision, research and strategic focus. The School is committed to raising its international reputation for quality research and learning provision and continuing to improve against the EFMD standards, so our continued accreditation is highly valued.”

“HEC Lausanne is extremely proud to receive a 5-year EQUIS accreditation. This is a fantastic achievement, which certainly reflects the quality of our School, but which is also the result of the support of the University of Lausanne and of the excellence flowing through the EFMD network,”commented Jean-Philippe Bonardi, the Dean at HEC Lausanne.

Per Cramér, the Dean at Gothenburg, commented on the achievement: “It is an honour to have been awarded re-accreditation for a further five years and the Senior Management Team of the School is grateful to the School’s faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders whose dedication and engagement have enabled this achievement. The PRT’s overall assessment of the School as a high quality institution of education and research, positively impacting business and society within Sweden and around the world is very pleasing. The PRT’s comments and recommendations will be of great use in the School’s forthcoming development.”

Dean at Groningen, Herman de Jong was delighted to hear the news: “We are so proud to have had our EQUIS accreditation extended. It is a great symbol of our continued success and high-quality performance. It is particularly welcomed as the key focuses for the accreditation are precisely our current strategic goals, encouraging us to keep striving for excellence in these areas.”

”We are extremely delighted with the EQUIS re-accreditation for five years. Since our initial accreditation in 2000, the EQUIS standards, recurrent review processes and the constructive feedback from the peer review teams have played a fundamental role in our continuous quality improvement and future development emphasising high-quality research and study programmesthat guarantee good career prospects for the students,” commented Karen Spens, the Rector at Hanken.

Thomas Pallesen, the Dean at Aarhus, emphasised the value of the accreditation process: “The EQUIS accreditation is a seal of approval of our ambition to exploit the potential of our strong research bases in both business and social sciences, but also of the interface between the two. And this is an ambition that we look very much forward to developing further in the years to come. We are honoured to be an EQUIS accredited school, and we are proud of our achievements that were made possible by our committed and dedicated faculty, administrative staff, students and external stakeholders.”

“Participating in international accreditation is an important step to implement the internationalisation strategy of UIBEBS. The 5 years EQUIS re-accreditation is surely a landmark achievement of the School. In the future, UIBEBS will continue to take the high standards of world-class business schools as self-requirements, and to improve our international education quality and international influence,” added Yonggui Wang, the Dean of UIBE.

Fan Wang, the Dean at Sun Yat-sen, added: “Being awarded the five-year EQUIS re-accreditation is of great significance for the School: to promote our global development in the discipline of business administration and enhance our cultural consciousness and strengthen the cultural confidence.” 

“EQUIS praised the School for its own innovative way to meet international high-quality standardswhile keeping closely in line with the Chinese environment. As a prestigious business school in China, we will continue our pursuit of high quality standards in education, research and development, while implying our pioneering position among international business schools.”

Finally, Wilfried Lemahieu, Dean at the KU Leuven, commented: “We are immensely pleased with acquiring EQUIS accreditation for five years. In recent years, EQUIS has been a quintessential compass with respect to the School’s strategy and governance and the re-accreditation is therefore a recognition of the School’s strength and international status. Moreover, the School is very satisfied with the meticulous assessment by the EQUIS Peer Review Team, which managed to perfectly capture the School’s essence, as an academic institution with an extremely strong interplay between high quality research and education, founded on a collegiate corporate culture which extends beyond academic staff towards administrative staff, students, alumni and corporate partners.”

Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: “I would like to congratulate all the schools for a successful EQUIS re-accreditation. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and all the schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence.”

EQUIS has now accredited 174 schools across 42 countries. More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis