Five-year EQUIS re-accreditation of five business schools

We are delighted to announce the 5-year EQUIS re-accreditations of

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services and EQUIS Director at EFMD Global, commented on the recent achievements: ‘We are happy to congratulate the five re-accredited institutions for their commitment to global excellence in business education and for proving their strong resilience in these disruptive and uncertain times.’

EDHEC Business School builds on the strength of its high-quality faculty and staff and a strong collegiate spirit. The entrepreneurial drive present all across the school leads to an agile organisation with deeply embedded corporate connections. EDHEC works closely with many companies to co-develop practice-based research and reflects the connections in its innovative curriculum.

‘EDHEC has achieved its fourth successive EQUIS re-accreditation. This represents a recognition that EDHEC belongs to the group of leading international institutions that meet EQUIS’ demanding requirements for excellence and continuous improvement. We particularly appreciate the Accreditation Board’s congratulations for our “extraordinary resilience and agility”. These derive from our achievements and the on-going engagement of our entire stakeholder community. This engagement not only has been essential for shaping our 2020-2025 EDHEC for Future Generations Strategy, but will be key to its successful realisation over the years to come,’ commented Emmanuel Métais, Dean, EDHEC Business School.

The Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London has a strong international appeal and plays an important role as one of the leading STEM institutions. Accelerated by Covid-19, the school’s deployment of online courses is thriving thanks to the schools’ EdTech Lab and its experimental and inclusive approach to bringing online offerings and online elements to fruition.

Francisco Veloso, Dean at Imperial College Business School, said: ‘We are delighted by this affirmation of Imperial’s place as a leading international business school. Over the last five years we have worked hard to develop our unique strengths as part of one of the world’s leading STEM universities; to offer our students practical knowledge from the cutting edge of business research and practice. The world is at a uniquely challenging moment, but Imperial College and its Business School are contributing to meeting it. Our reaccreditation by EQUIS is a major and welcome recognition of that effort.’

Kozminski University enjoys a remarkable reputation in the region and projects itself beyond the national borders thanks to their well-crafted international strategy. The school stays alert and connected with local corporations, maintains high educational quality and research and continuously supports their faculty and staff on their journey towards excellence.

Grzegorz Mazurek, rector of Kozminski University (KU), expressed his delight: ‘When in 1999 KU was granted the EQUIS accreditation for the first time, we were proud that we would have the opportunity to join the international community of business schools that follow demanding standards and declare their utmost care of education level. As a young university in a country that only a decade earlier rebuilt the free market economy and democracy lost for many years, thanks to the EFMD support we deeply felt our civilization affiliation with the West. Today, 21 years after obtaining the EQUIS accreditation for the first time, we enjoy our status as a fully-fledged member of the global elite of business schools. We have earned the three most important international accreditations, and we are present in the “FT” rankings of the best business universities and faculties.’

He went on by saying: ‘I must admit that we wouldn’t have achieved that much if we were not granted the first EQUIS accreditation, that helped us learn how to properly manage a business school, how to monitor the effects of our education and academic accomplishments, how to cooperate with the business environment, international community of scholars, local communities and how to handle alumni relations. We are grateful to EFMD for building a democratic system of stimuli and strengthening education quality in which any university can follow and match its best peers.’

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School enjoys a high reputation as an institution and furthermore with their customised Executive Education programmes. QUT places strong importance on the school’s impact and its relevance, as well as research that goes hand in hand with their mission statement ‘university for the real world’. Ethics, responsibility and sustainability are strongly emphasised by the school, who stays inclusive as evidenced by their relationship with the native Australian population.

Amanda Gudmundsson, Executive Dean, QUT Business School, said: ‘The QUT Business School is delighted to have achieved the maximum 5-year period of EQUIS reaccreditation from EFMD. In 2020, a year that has proven exceedingly challenging for businesses and higher education institutions worldwide, we are extremely proud of the School’s efforts to deliver on our mission and maintain international standards of high-quality research, education, and engagement.’

The UCD College of Business, University College Dublin continues to meet the highest standards and its development objectives, which is especially commendable in the current economic environment. The outstanding sense of community, quality of customised programmes and learning environment sets the school to thrive in all dimensions of its activities, assuring revenues and continuous distinction among business schools globally.

‘The UCD College of Business is delighted to have been re-accredited by EQUIS for the fourth time. This accreditation evidences our on-going commitment to excellence in business education and research, and to the development of impactful leaders with a global perspective. We look forward to further advancing the UCD College of Business over the next five years,’ said Anthony Brabazon, Dean, UCD College of Business.

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 connections with practice. 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.

There are currently 189 EQUIS accredited schools across 45 countries globally. More information is available on