EQUIS Accreditation awarded to three schools; three schools re-accredited

Three schools become EQUIS accredited

We are thrilled to announce that three schools have been awarded initial EQUIS accreditation: UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Venice School of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy; and ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland. Warm congratulations!

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, commented, ‘We extend a warm welcome to the three schools joining the EQUIS community. Congratulations! This accreditation stands as a testament to their steadfast dedication to academic excellence, social responsibility, and robust connections with the world of practice. We eagerly anticipate their ongoing and impactful contributions to the realm of management education.’

UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney

UTS Business School, part of the University of Technology Sydney, enjoys a prestigious reputation not only in Australia but globally. It stands out for its excellent teaching programs across all academic levels and a robust research performance. The school’s activities are guided by the mission to be a socially committed institution dedicated to developing and sharing knowledge for an innovative, sustainable, and prosperous economy within a fairer world. The school’s unwavering dedication to a vision of social justice, firmly embedded within the school’s identity and strategic framework, was commended in the EQUIS accreditation.

‘EQUIS recognises our School’s unique offering as a public university committed to social justice. This is a testament to our staff and partners’ ongoing commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders and professionals to perform the functions of business at the highest standard and have a broader social and political understanding of the role of business and management in creating a better and more equal society on a global level,’ commented Carl Rhodes, Dean, UTS Business School.

Venice School of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

The Venice School of Management forms an integral part of Ca’ Foscari University. Tracing its roots to 1868, Ca’ Foscari was the first Italian institution to provide advanced education in Business and Economics, and the second in Europe. The school envisions itself as a global hub, where teaching, research, and practical engagement respond to both global and local imperatives. EQUIS praised the school’s ambitious endeavour to evolve from a department within a public university to an independent institution with a global perspective.

‘We are extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded EQUIS accreditation and become a part of a selected group of prominent business schools worldwide. Our School now owns an official international seal for its outstanding work in being a nexus with the world, where teaching, research, and engagement with practice respond to global as well as local challenges. Today, we aim at growing internationally as a leading School, with inclusivity and sustainability at the heart of our strategy, located in one of the most evocative and fragile cities in the world,’ said  Anna Comacchio, Dean, Venice School of Management.

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Established in 1968, the School of Management and Law (SML) is part of ZHAW – a leading university of applied sciences in Zurich. It aims to deliver innovative, interdisciplinary, and intellectually challenging education in management, economics, and law to compete successfully in the domestic and international environment. The school boasts an extensive portfolio of research with an emphasis on practice-oriented collaboration with industry practitioners. The EQUIS accreditation specifically highlighted the school’s outstanding connections with the practical world, underscoring its commitment to excellence in this regard.

Reto Steiner, Dean, ZHAW School of Management and Law, expressed, ‘We are both proud and delighted about the accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development. The EQUIS label is an international recognition of our achievements in teaching, research, and executive education. Accreditation strengthens our partnerships with industry as well as our teaching and research, which have a direct impact on the economy. It also supports our mission to contribute to solving economic and social challenges. We owe this success to our employees and partners, whom I would like to thank for their great commitment and support. We will continue our efforts and look forward to a valuable exchange within the EQUIS network.’

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

Remarkably, ESADE is one of the original EQUIS pioneer schools, obtaining their initial EQUIS accreditation in 1998.

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 218 EQUIS-accredited schools across 45 countries globally.

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