EQUIS accreditation of La Rochelle Business School, Excelia Group


We are extending our sincere congratulations to La Rochelle Business School, Excelia Group, France, for receiving their EQUIS accreditation!

La Rochelle Business School, Excelia Group is a highly-recognised non-profit making school located on the Atlantic coast of France. It is particularly well-reputed for its strong focus on social responsibility, sustainability, and ethics, which permeates throughout its strategy, research, links with practice, and student opportunities.

The school is internationally engaged with the corporate world and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through research and student presence in internships across the globe.

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director at EFMD commented on the recent success: “We are pleased to have La Rochelle Business School, Excelia Group join the pool of EQUIS accredited schools. We were particularly impressed by the external engagement of the faculty and the school’s extensive regional and national connections, and the importance the school assigns to integrating social responsibility into education. The nature of corporate relationships is evident throughout all aspects of the school’s operations including governance, academic collaboration, research, work-study activities and career placement.”

“We are happy to see the school’s continuous quality improvement in crucial areas of development and commitment to corporate social responsibility through, for example, the concept and implementation of the Humacité initiative,” he went on.

Bruno Neil, CEO & Dean, La Rochelle Business School – Excelia Group, commented: “We are delighted to obtain this prestigious accreditation and we are proud to join the international business school community which have EQUIS. This accreditation, awarded to La Rochelle Business School for the first time, is recognition of the significant investment made by all the teams, as well as the involvement of all the stakeholders with whom the school works on a daily basis. It further strengthens the school’s ability to pursue its ambitious strategy, whilst highlighting one of its differentiating features, namely its commitment to CSR – an essential element in a future that will bring numerous challenges not only for society as a whole but also for our students.”

The fundamental objective of EQUIS, in line with the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide. Its scope covers all programmes offered by an institution from undergraduate degrees up to the PhD programmes as well as any non-degree programmes. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process and it benchmarks the school against a set of international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate connections.

EQUIS has up to this date accredited 191 schools across 45 countries. More information is available on our website.