ECUST School of Business & DCU Business School Achieve EQUIS Accreditation

EQUIS accreditations May 2024

We are delighted to announce that the School of Business, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China & Business School, DCU—Dublin City University, Ireland, have achieved EQUIS accreditation. Congratulations to both institutions on this remarkable achievement, and a warm welcome to the EQUIS community!

Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, expressed, ‘Congratulations to the two schools obtaining the EQUIS label for the first time, and the twelve that have obtained re-accreditation. These schools are a testament to the calibre of the EQUIS community, dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences and striving for excellence in an ongoing improvement process.’

School of Business, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)

The East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) is a public, research-intensive university located in Shanghai and recognised as one of the Double First-Class universities in China. The School of Business is one of the 17 schools within ECUST and has the mission to bridge business with technology and nurture managerial talents with advanced knowledge and practical ability. With a student body comprising over 5000 learners, the school is a cornerstone of ECUST’s academic community. The recent EQUIS accreditation lauded the school’s student calibre, the extensive support services provided to them, and its robust connections with the industry.

‘Receiving EQUIS accreditation is a significant milestone for our School, reflecting our commitment to academic excellence and innovation. It’s an honour to join the ranks of EQUIS-accredited institutions. This recognition is a tribute to our dedicated faculty, staff, and students and a stepping stone towards shaping globally responsible business leaders. We look forward to contributing to the global business education community,’ commented Tieju Ma, Former Dean, School of Business, East China University of Science and Technology.

Business School, DCU – Dublin City University

DCU Business School is one of five faculties of Dublin City University, a public institution founded in 1980. It is a young, industry-focused, international business school with the mission to educate leaders and professionals for the global marketplace. With a presence in Ireland and Saudi Arabia, it offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programmes to more than 3,000 students. The school’s recent EQUIS accreditation underscored its commitment to active engagement with the practical world. This dedication is palpable across various dimensions of its operations, including governance, research, and collaborations within the industry ecosystem.

‘We are honoured and delighted to receive EQUIS accreditation, which highlights our commitment to academic excellence, enterprise, innovation, and impactful engagement with industry and society. Our work-ready graduates are in demand and reflect the strength of our learning and teaching and associated industry engagement, which aligns with our mission to transform lives and societies. Achieving EQUIS accreditation reflects the dedication of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry partners, and stakeholders. We are proud to provide a world-class education that equips our graduates with the skills to make a positive impact on society,’ said Dominic Elliott, Executive Dean, DCU Business School.

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 223 EQUIS-accredited schools across 45 countries globally.

Explore further insights regarding EQUIS by delving into the Frequently Asked Questions.

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