Ten schools receive EQUIS re-accreditation

We are pleased to announce that the following schools have been awarded EQUIS re-accreditation:

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, congratulated all the re-accredited schools, “Warm congratulations to all institutions for this achievement. Some of these business schools obtained their first EQUIS accreditation as early as 2000. It is gratifying to see the realisation of the EQUIS mission, which is promoting continuous quality improvement in management education. We are also happy to see the diversity within the EQUIS community that encourages learning from different higher education systems.’

The EQUIS re-accreditation is a hallmark of excellence and a recognition of these schools’ continuous efforts to maintain academic quality and promote innovation in management education. As most of these institutions undergo their third accreditation cycle, they continue to successfully implement internationalisation strategies; strengthen ethics, responsibility, and sustainability in their curricula; and grow and maintain close relations with the world of practice.

As all EQUIS-accredited institutions, these schools have taken on an institution-wide comprehensive quality assessment that benchmarks their performance against rigorous international standards. This evaluation has ignited a self-improvement commitment to learners, employers and academic partners worldwide, which is reflected in their growing competitiveness, international recognition, and a strong reputation among prospective students.

‘We are pleased to have been awarded EQUIS re-accreditation that crowns our excellence efforts. Acknowledgements like this show us that we are on the right path in terms of training leaders who generate relevant results from an economic and financial point of view but who are also able to build positive social and environmental legacies for society as a whole’ commented Antonio Batista, Dean, FDC.

‘The EQUIS re-accreditation for another five years is a confirmation of our position as a business school at the international forefront. It strengthens our reputation, but most importantly, the process of re-accreditation through peer review spurs us on with our continuous quality improvement going forward’ said Per Cramér, Dean, University of Gothenburg – School of Business, Economics and Law.

EQUIS accreditation ensures rigorous quality control, 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.

What is the value of EQUIS for your institution?

‘EQUIS is a global benchmark of quality for business schools. Our re-accreditation for the next three years secures Manchester Met Business School’s place in this elite group of business schools. It is recognition, at the highest level, that we are delivering on our mission to transform lives, businesses and communities, and, therefore, EQUIS is of huge value to us. The support, advice and guidance we receive from EQUIS’ international panel of experts supports us to thrive, grow and excel in all our work.’ Hannah Holmes, Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

‘At the University of Bradford School of Management, we firmly believe in the value of the EQUIS standards as a mechanism for continuous quality improvement since our initial accreditation in 2000. As a school, we have, from the outset, always been committed to a progressive approach to business education with social responsibility as an honest purpose. EQUIS has been most helpful in setting out clear expectations for quality and encouraging us to develop a robust strategy benchmarking ourselves against world-leading business schools to ensure that we are following best practices. As such, EQUIS is of immense value to us, not only as a hallmark of quality to external stakeholders but, more critically, to ensure that the school continues to develop strategically alongside sector expectations.’ Sankar Sivarajah, Dean, University of Bradford School of Management.

EQUIS focuses on excellence and continuous quality improvement linked to the strategy, vision and leadership of the business school. This accreditation helps institutions to set a quality agenda and have a clear vision for their future direction and medium-term objectives, taking into account their environmental context.

 What is the impact of EQUIS on your business school strategy?

‘Maintaining EQUIS accreditation is part of ESSCA’s strategy. Indeed, quality is one of the three pillars of our Odyssey 24 development plan. The EQUIS accreditation is the best proof of quality for a business school. Being EQUIS accredited ensures that ESSCA is aware of and observes the most rigorous and exacting international standards of quality in higher business education. Being EQUIS accredited also shows that the school has adopted a truly international perspective.’ David Ranc, Accreditation Manager, ESSCA.

‘This five-year EQUIS re-accreditation is of utter importance to our school for several reasons. First, it obviously reinforces the strong international reputation of KU Leuven and its Faculty of Economics and Business. Furthermore, the EQUIS standards offer us a governance framework and an essential compass for strategy development regarding our programme portfolio, our research policy and the further international positioning of our school. And finally, it provides us with an excellent benchmarking tool to assess the outcome of our policy decisions against the top business schools and economics faculties worldwide. In this respect, we are very satisfied with the meticulous assessment by the EQUIS Peer Review Team, which perfectly captured the school’s essence as an academic institution with an extremely strong interplay between high-quality research and education, founded on a collegiate corporate culture which extends beyond academic staff towards administrative staff, students, alumni and corporate partners’. Wilfried Lemahieu, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven.

EQUIS background

The EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) was created in 1997 with a commitment to internationalisation, respect for diversity and the importance of corporate connection. The goal of EQUIS is not only to provide accreditation for business schools but to improve the quality of management education around the world. Starting with 19 pioneer schools in Europe, EQUIS accreditation now encompasses 209 accredited schools in 45 countries. Since January 2013, the EQUIS assessment process has fully embedded ethics, responsibility and sustainability. EQUIS assessment respects diversity by accepting wide differences in the organisation and delivery of management education, understanding each local context’s uniqueness.


Learn more about the process for receiving EQUIS accreditation.