Initial EQUIS accreditation for School of Business and Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University and twelve schools receive re-accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University have obtained initial EQUIS accreditation. Congratulations and welcome to the EQUIS community!

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, commented, ‘Warmest congratulations to both our newly accredited and re-accredited schools. We are delighted to recognise their commitment to excellence and high-quality standards for business education. We are happy to see the EQUIS community grow as we welcome the first EQUIS-accredited institution in Malaysia.’

School of Business and Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia is one of the largest and premier universities in Malaysia, with over 100 years of history and a diverse student body comprising 25500 learners. The school has a mission to contribute to the well-being of human beings through the generation and dissemination of knowledge. UPM has a significant impact on the social and economic policy of Malaysia and a widespread culture of responsible leadership and commitment to society.

Endorsing this achievement, Bany Ariffin Amin Noordin, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, said, ‘EQUIS accreditation is a significant milestone in our school’s journey to becoming one of the leading Asian business schools. We are incredibly proud to be the first and only homegrown business school in Malaysia to have obtained this prestigious recognition. Such achievement would definitely pave the ways for SPE UPM to enhance collaborations with the industry, communities and other top business schools worldwide.

In addition, we believe this accreditation would provide us with more opportunities to enhance the quality and marketability of our students.’

Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University

Located on Canada’s east coast, Saint Mary’s University is one of the country’s top primarily undergraduate universities. It has a strong focus on international collaborations, entrepreneurship, and research offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,000 students. The Sobey School of Business bolsters active learning and knowledge mobilisation to prepare leaders for sustainable, entrepreneurial businesses and communities. It contributes greatly to the local and regional community, which is reflected in its connections with the world of practice and social responsibility.

‘We are very excited and extremely proud to be a part of the EQUIS community. Achieving EQUIS accreditation endorses our school’s vision which is to lead in discovery and learning for global impact. The Sobey School of Business is committed to driving prosperity through the development of creative, resilient and dedicated business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs, and making an impact in the broader society through active engagement. EQUIS will provide us with the mechanism for international benchmarking with the best, grow our international partnerships, and keep us focused on achieving the highest quality in everything we do’ commented Harjeet Bhabra, Dean, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.

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 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.
There are currently 209 EQUIS accredited schools across 45 countries globally. More information is available on our website.


Learn more about the process for receiving EQUIS accreditation.