Initial EQUIS accreditation for Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and eight schools receive re-accreditation

GIBS congratulations

Warmest congratulations to Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) for receiving its initial EQUIS accreditation! We are pleased to welcome the school to our EQUIS community.

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, commented on the school’s achievement, ‘We are pleased to welcome our fourth African school to the EQUIS community. GIBS impressed us with its connections to community and the world of practice.’

Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

Since its founding in 2000, GIBS has aimed to improve responsible individual and organisational performance in South Africa and the broader African region. The school has a reputation for maintaining diverse and robust links in connection to the world of practice. It has significant achievements both in research and in its contributions to the school’s broader community.

Interim-Dean Dr Morris Mthombeni commented, ‘EQUIS accreditation reinforces our commitment to providing quality business and management education.

GIBS is dedicated to making a positive societal impact, especially in partnership with its growing and engaged alumni community. The recognition that we obtain through international accreditations such as EQUIS not only offer testament to the dedication of our students, faculty, staff, and suppliers, but also to the impact GIBS alumni have made in building and leading organisations across South Africa, the greater African continent, and increasingly beyond the African borders.

This accreditation, a hallmark of excellence in business education, demonstrates that we are on par with the world’s most highly acclaimed institutions. It strengthens our resolve to continue creating a positive impact, and making businesses healthier, especially throughout the African continent.’

During the same Accreditation Board meeting, the following institutions were also granted EQUIS re-accreditation:

EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System

EQUIS is a rigorous tool for business schools to assess, accredit and improve their quality in ten key areas, benchmarking them against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement.

It offers a quality assessment and a quality improvement process, very much rooted in the mission of EFMD. True quality is about striving to do better, even when you are already excellent, and this focus on continuous improvement is at the heart of the EQUIS mission.

EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of effective learning environments which foster students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills alongside their personal development and sense of global responsibility.

Currently, there are 202 EQUIS accredited schools across 45 countries globally.


Learn more about the process for receiving EQUIS accreditation.