Lingnan (University) College; School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University; and HEC Montréal EQUIS re-accredited


It is our pleasure to announce that the following three schools have been recently re-accredited by EQUIS:

Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University, China

School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

HEC Montréal, Canada

It has undoubtedly been a very challenging year for many schools around the world. Yet, we are delighted to be able to award EQUIS re-accreditations to the distinguished institutions who have committed to continuous improvement process despite the operational and in many cases, emotional, strain triggered by the pandemic.

EQUIS ensures a continuous 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.

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director at EFMD commented on the recent success: ‘I would like to warmly congratulate all the institutions that have successfully gone through the EQUIS re-accreditation process. We appreciate all the effort of the schools and their ability to adapt quickly to the new circumstances when accomplishing the assessment during this unprecedented time.’

Lingnan (University) College is one of the top business schools in China and one of the leading schools in the Southern region of the country. Having performed in international rankings successfully, the school has earned an excellent reputation beyond China as well. The areas of ethics, responsibility and sustainability are Lignan’s historic core values, well-integrated in teaching and research with a focus on a service-learning programme involving all undergraduates.

‘Over the past years, Lingnan has achieved exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and internationalisation. In the years to come, Lingnan will continue to fulfil the mission to educate leaders and advance knowledge to serve the future of China and global society,’ commented Jun Lu, Dean and Professor of Finance Lingnan (University) College.

School of Business and Social Sciences at the Aarhus University ranks among the largest business schools in Europe. It is one of the most important business and social sciences units in Denmark at the university level with a broad academic base. The school has recently established Crown Prince Frederick Centre on Public Leadership, a remarkable and distinctive initiative whose goal is to improve the public sector for the benefit of citizens and society through research and education.

‘We are very happy for the second accreditation in a row of Aarhus BSS, confirming the good relationship between EFMD and our school,’ said Thomas Pallesen, Dean, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University.

HEC Montréal, as a French-language university open to the world and solidly rooted in Quebec society, offers internationally renowned management education and research. One of the essential principles of the school is to develop and train critical thinking and future leaders who speak up. The university also commits to implementing a meaningful and structured approach instilling a culture of respect and collaboration in all of its activities.

Federico Pasin, Director of HEC Montréal, commented on their success: ‘It is always a source of great pride to see our school’s EQUIS accreditation renewed, for the past 20 years. It shows that HEC Montréal continues to offer programs and an exceptional experience that meet the highest international standards. For us, this recognition is a true seal of excellence.’

EQUIS has now accredited 189 schools across 45 countries. More information on our website.