We are pleased to announce that Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick in Ireland, and Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle in Australia have received their initial EQUIS accreditations. Congratulations and welcome to both schools!
Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, commented, ‘Sincere congratulations to both our newly accredited schools and re-accreditations. We are thankful to all of our schools this year for their commitment and dedication to a fully online review process and look forward to our future cooperation in the coming years.’
Kemmy Business School
Kemmy Business School (KBS) is one of the largest business schools in Ireland, with almost 3,500 students and over 120 faculty and staff. As part of its mission, KBS is committed to excellence in teaching and fostering knowledge and understanding of business and society within a diverse, research-active, and socially engaged environment. The school is known for its connections to the world of practice and remarkable ERS strategy underpinning significant research achievements and contributions to its community.
‘We are delighted to become an EQUIS accredited school and immensely proud of this endorsement by the EFMD of the school’s excellence in business education and its global outlook. We are especially proud of the EQUIS PRT’s commendation for the KBS’s strong value-based ethos, encapsulated in the Jim Kemmy legacy and embedded throughout our institution, staff and students,’ stated Dean, Professor Finbarr Murphy about the school’s accomplishment.
Newcastle Business School
Newcastle Business School in Australia focuses on student-centred, research-driven teaching with a mission to advance responsible and impactful business knowledge. Ethics, responsibility, and sustainability play a central role and are embedded within different areas of the school, specifically in research and learning, inclusive policies, and community outreach.
Dean Abul Shamsuddin had the following to say about the school’s achievement, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded EQUIS accreditation. The accreditation process was a great opportunity to benchmark our performance against rigorous international standards. EQUIS accreditation is an external validation of the high quality and professional relevance of our education programs and research. This accreditation reinforces the Newcastle Business School’s mission to advance responsible and impactful business knowledge and continued commitment to develop the next generation of business leaders and policymakers.’
During the same Accreditation Board meeting, the following institutions were also granted EQUIS re-accreditation:
- Vlerick Business School, Belgium
- Escuela de Administración, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
- Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), India
- Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- University of Exeter Business School, United Kingdom
- Faculty of Business Administration, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- School of Economics and Business, University of Navarra, Spain
- Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, Thailand
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 thus 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.
Learn more about the process for receiving EQUIS accreditation.