The Master in International Trade and Business and the Master in Digital Marketing at ESIC Business and Marketing School in Spain as well as the Bachelor of Accounting with Honours Set: Bachelor of Accounting with Honours & Bachelor of Accounting Information Systems with Honours at the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, Universiti Utara Malaysia joined the pool of EPAS accredited programmes. Additionally, programmes of another five schools went successfully through the re-accreditation process. The EFMD community is extending their warm congratulations!

Read more about the testimonials of the involved institutions as well as the comments of the EPAS Director, Jens Petter Tøndel.

The high standard of the Master in International Trade & Business (MITB) and the Master in Digital Marketing (MDM) programmes at ESIC Business and Marketing School has recently been recognised by the EPAS accreditation.

“EPAS accredits international perspective as well as quality of programmes. This requires an in-depth self-evaluation that leads to the excellence and continuous improvement linked to ESIC’s strategy, vision and leadership. The recent award of this leading accreditation to our Master in International Trade & Business and our Master in Digital Marketing is the culmination of intense work. This accreditation process has undoubtedly helped us strengthen these two programmes. We are convinced that it will help us provide our students with a better experience, strengthen the positioning of the School internationally and increase the employability of our graduates,” explained Gastón Fornes, Dean of the Postgraduate and Executive Education areaof ESIC.

Jens Petter Tøndel, EPAS Director, commented: “We are glad that since the first EPAS accreditation in 2016 of two ESIC’s programmes, other two were recognised with the EPAS quality label. Both MITB and MDM are well established programmes, which prepare students for a transition to managerial responsibilities. The MITB and MDM programmes are nourished with a strong corporate focus and with great opportunities for study and work abroad.”

The quality of programmes and faculty together with the strong national reputation of the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, Universiti Utara Malaysia (TISSA UUM)was similarly acknowledged by the EPAS accreditation. The Bachelor of Accounting set with two programmes Bachelor of Accounting with Honours & Bachelor of Accounting Information Systems with Honours has recently been EPAS accredited.

“EPAS Accreditation enables us to expand the horizon as we strengthen our excellence in teaching and learning, especially in embracing the future of education,” said Chek Derashid, Dean of TISSA. He also added that the accreditation distinguishes the quality of the academic programmes and opens the opportunity for the internationalisation of the programmes connecting them with other parts of the world, especially Europe.

Jens Petter Tøndel, EPAS Director highlighted the strong faculty involved in the delivery of the programme paired with the focus on students’ individual development. “We are delighted to welcome the programme set of TISSA UUM to the pool of EPAS accredited institutions. The high quality standards ensure the School’s competitiveness both in the academic sphere and on the level of practical relevance in the corporate world.”

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following five schools, whose programmes have recently been re-accredited by EPAS:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Curtin Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University, Australia

Nigel de Bussy, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law said: “Curtin Business School is delighted our MBA has once again achieved EPAS re-accreditation. At a time of transformational change and disruption in business education, quality has never been more important. Students are faced with a plethora of choices and seek concrete evidence of programme quality before committing. EPAS has become a key indicator, valued by prospective students and employers alike. There is also no doubt that the EPAS process plays an invaluable role in stimulating continuous improvement within our Business School. Maintaining accreditation helps ensure our MBA lives up to its reputation for industry connectedness and global excellence.”

Bachelor Undergraduate Programme Set: Financial Management and Marketing Management

  • School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jasmina Selimović, Dean of the School of Economics and Business said: “We are deeply proud to have our efforts invested towards further improvement of SEBS’s EPAS accredited Bachelor programme set Financial Management & Marketing Management once again recognised by the EFMD. The second EPAS re-accreditation, to our community of faculty, students and business partners serves as immense motivation and reminder of our abiding responsibility to always learn, innovate and grow in accordance with the highest standards of academic excellence.”

Grande Ecole Programme – 5-year Master’s Degree

  • ESCE International Business School, France

Christophe Boisseau, ESCE Dean, expressed his delight by saying: “I am particularly proud that the auditors have identified us as one the first schools of International Business and Commerce among the hundreds of business schools around the world as this positioning is at the core of our continuous focus for several years.”

MSc in International Business Engineering

  • IAE Montpellier School of Management, Montpellier University, France

“IAE Montpellier is honoured that our Master programme in International Business Engineering has been re-accredited by EPAS for another three years. This reaccreditation confirms IAE Montpellier’s commitment to pursuing academic excellence and innovativeness in education.

EPAS accreditation is a major step in strengthening one of IAE Montpellier’s strategical actions: Improving International Development and Positioning. Since its first accreditation in 2015, the MIBE programme has been through many changes and improvements. As a proof of our efforts, we had constantly growing applications both from French candidates and international students, leading to a cohort of students with 25 different nationalities. Employability rates among our alumni continue to increase with more than 60% working overseas.

Sincere thanks to the EFMD team, and particularly to the Peer Review Team and Faculty for their implication in driving excellence in management higher education. We are also most grateful to all our stakeholders, Alumni, students and corporate stakeholders in particular,” commented on the re-accreditation Maria Claudia Angel Ferrero and Anne Loubès from Montpellier University School of Management.

MSc Management Suite and MSc Finance Suite

  • Salford Business School, University of Salford, United Kingdom

“We at Salford Business School are delighted to have achieved EPAS re-accreditation for our MSc Management and MSc Finance programme suites. These programmes had been significantly redeveloped since the last review. We pride ourselves on providing education for the managers and leaders of tomorrow and we would like to thank the EPAS Peer Review Team for their support and guidance in helping us further develop the quality of these programmes, and our students, alumni and industry partners for their support through the redevelopment of the programmes and this reaccreditation,” announced the Dean of Salford Business School, David Spicer.

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 13 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management.

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