EQUIS re-accreditations of five business schools

We are pleased to extend our congratulations to five recently EQUIS re-accredited institutions:

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, reacted to the recent success: ‘I would like to warmly congratulate all the institutions that have successfully gone through the EQUIS re-accreditation process. We value their commitment to global excellence in business education and their strong resilience in these disruptive and uncertain times.’

The fundamental objective of EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System, in line with the mission of EFMD Global, 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.

Audencia is highly thought of for its strong emphasis on values of co-operation, responsibility and innovation, which can be evidenced throughout the school’s work in education, engagement, impact and research. The school demonstrates excellence in several areas: ethics, responsibility and sustainability, which permeate throughout its research; links with practice and student opportunities. We commend the school on the multidisciplinary programmes it has developed with other partners and the increase in the numbers of students on these programmes.

Christophe Germain, Director General, Audencia, said: ‘The EQUIS re-accreditation of Audencia for 5 years rewards the work done by the teams during the last past five years. The exchanges, comments, feedbacks of the PRT were extremely helpful just when we are working on the next strategic plan of the school.’

CENTRUM Católica has a clear mission that differentiates the school from its competitors “by offering knowledge with a humanistic approach to help students reflect on the meaning they want for their life”. The school’s approach is enhanced by its strategic positioning “Growing is living” that is embedded and translated in the broad range of activities from the MBA portfolio to specialised Master and Doctoral programmes, as well as executive education.

The well-developed ERS school ecosystem generates competences, knowledge and awareness in students, faculty and administrative staff and produces real, positive impacts on society. We commend the school’s prompt and efficient support to faculty in responding to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its significant achievements in various areas despite the global health crisis.

Percy Marquina Feldman, Director General, CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, said: ‘Despite the global pandemic and quarantine situation, CENTRUM PUCP Business School closes 2020 achieving EQUIS re-accreditation, an acknowledgement that endorses our purpose to educate in business for a better world as well as our mission and vision.’

‘Achieving EQUIS re-accreditation reinforces our focus on continuous improvement and search for excellence. With this, CENTRUM PUCP Business School highlights its position as a business school with humanistic approach as well as worldwide projection and recognition,’ he went on.

Copenhagen Business School is an institution with a strong international reach. It attracts very good students and faculty from around the world and is engaged in several international alliances and partnerships, in research and education.

Their high-quality programmes are well connected to practice thanks to their faculty experience, the type of student the school attracts, and the very good links that the school has with industry and Danish stakeholders.

The school excels in “connections with the world of practice”, which is evidenced in the involvement of business practitioners, in the design and delivery of programmes, as well as in multiple and diverse panels. The contribution of the world of practice to the school’s strategy, culture and governance structures is unequivocal.

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, President, Copenhagen Business School, commented: ‘We are extremely happy to have received a 5-year EQUIS re-accreditation. It is a significant acknowledgement of CBS and the work that has taken place by students, staff and faculty at CBS, and an important support for us in our ambitions to further increase the value we provide to society worldwide.

Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of Zurich is highly-esteemed within the German-speaking world, within Europe and internationally. This is based on two areas of excellence: the quality of core faculty, and the world-class research that they produce.

The international mix of outstanding academics and the growth in academic numbers point to the Faculty’s ability to attract, retain and develop talent. The Faculty maintains excellent relations with its key stakeholders, corporations, local ecosystems, policymakers and higher education authorities. 

Harald Gall, Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics University of Zurich, said: ‘Our EQUIS re-accreditation process is a major external input which helps us to reflect even deeper on our strengths and challenges and to hone our positioning. Each peer review visit sparks additional ideas, shed light onto further development opportunities, and energizes our continuous improvement activities. We are glad to be part of this quality process and proud to be accredited as a five-year school by EQUIS.

This year also showed that a virtual Site Visit is feasible and can be very efficient. The discussions were very fruitful and in a depth that is comparable to an on-site visit. Even though we still prefer to have a non-digital Site Visit, we appreciated the efforts put into the virtual Site Visit by EQUIS and our Peer Review Team.’

School of Management, University of Bath has a strong national standing with distinct research culture and quality research output. Most of their programmes are very competitive in attracting overseas students. The school prides itself on motivated and dedicated staff ensuring high student experience as well as impressive alumni engagement.

There are currently 191 EQUIS accredited schools across 45 countries globally. More information is available on efmdglobal.org/equis.