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EFMD Quality Improvement System

The leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of business schools

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Global quality recognition

EQUIS is a comprehensive quality review system for business and management schools. Its rigorous peer-review process signals the school’s overall quality, viability and self-improvement commitment to students, employers and academic partners worldwide. The internationally acknowledged label is often a prerequisite for entry to rankings.

Strategic benchmarking process

Considering the great diversity of geographical contexts, educational systems and institutional make-ups, EQUIS helps schools strive for excellence in an ongoing improvement process following each accreditation visit. The broad and continuously updated assessment standards allow schools to challenge their strategies across curricula design, research and impact agenda.

Learning community

EQUIS offers schools strategic guidance for quality improvement and developments in the evaluation process by an international team of peers, including a senior corporate practitioner. Being accredited makes the school part of a vibrant community of mutual learning with business schools coming from different higher education systems.

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'Here at Kent Business School, we are elated to be given the recognition of accreditation from EQUIS. The findings of the panel and subsequent validation of the school’s strive for excellence has endorsed our high standards in all areas – from teaching excellence to knowledge generation, research and innovation, and external engagement.

We welcome the clarity that our latest accolade brings to our education, research and innovation offerings. Knowing that our school is in the top one per cent in the world is gratifying. As an institution, we are proud of the contribution we make to the global community and the bar that we set for those who teach, learn or work with us.’

Marian Garcia
Dean, Kent Business School
Abul Shamsuddin

'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 high quality and professional relevance of our education programmes 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.'

Abul Shamsuddin
Dean and Head of School, Newcastle Business School
Morris Mthombeni

'This accreditation, a hallmark of excellence in business education, demonstrates that we are on par with the world's most highly acclaimed institutions. It strengthens our resolve to continue creating a positive impact, and making businesses healthier, especially throughout the African continent.'

Morris Mthombeni
Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science - GIBS
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'We are very proud as a School to receive EQUIS re-accreditation as recognition of our excellence as a leading management school. This achievement is testament to the high ambitions, talent and dedication of our whole community of academics, professional service colleagues, students and external collaborators nationally and across the globe. Commitments to social responsibility and creating positive societal impact are at the heart of who we are as a School and we value its recognition in our re-accreditation. We look forward to building further upon our strengths to realise our ambitions in the next stage of the School’s development.’

Rachael Finn
Dean, Sheffield University Management School
Juan Pablo Medina

'EQUIS confers worldwide recognition and an international benchmark, which is in line with our objective of being a reference for business leadership in Latin America with a global perspective. It also offers us guidelines to permanently improve our strategy and makes us members of a vibrant community of learning and exchange among the best business schools in the world.'

Juan Pablo Medina
Interim-Dean, UAI Business School
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'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 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 policy makers.'

Abul Shamsuddin
Dean and Head of School, Newcastle Business School

'This accreditation, a hallmark of excellence in business education, demonstrates that we are on parwith the world's most highly acclaimed institutions. It strengthens our resolve to continue creating a positive impact, and making businesses healthier, especially throughout the African continent.'

Morris Mthombeni
Interim-Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science - GIBS

'EQUIS confers worldwide recognition and an international benchmark, which is in line with our objective of being a reference for business leadership in Latin America with a global perspective. It also offers us guidelines to permanently improve our strategy and makes us members of a vibrant community of learning and exchange among the best business schools in the world.'

Juan Pablo Medina
Interim-Dean, UAI Business School

'The whole EQUIS process has been a great learning opportunity for our School and an exceptional time to improve our teamwork. We see this award not as a decoration but as the beginning of a new challenge to continue to serve our students and our community.'

Massimo Bergami
Dean, Bologna University Business School

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EQUIS FRAMEWORK

EQUIS Framework

The EQUIS process is based upon a conceptual framework of quality criteria which are reviewed continuously by an international committee of EFMD members.

The EQUIS evaluation considers each component of the framework and the inter-relationships between them. Standards have been developed for each component (see below).

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Context, Governance & Strategy

This standard serves to describe the school and its position in the regulatory and competitive environment in which it operates.

The school’s overall strategic agenda is also assessed.

Context, Governance & Strategy

This standard serves to describe the school and its position in the regulatory and competitive environment in which it operates.

The school’s overall strategic agenda is also assessed.

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Programmes

The programmes should be well-designed with clear learning outcomes and an appropriate balance between knowledge acquisition and skills acquisition.

STUDENTS

The school should ensure the quality of its students through appropriate selection processes, through the management of student progression in its programmes, and through the provision of appropriate student services. The school should actively help students to define their future professional orientation.

FACULTY

The Faculty should be well-qualified and should be active in both research, and learning and teaching. Sufficient core faculty is needed to cover the major disciplines and constitute a viable body of distinctive expertise (i.e. a minimum of 25 FTE).

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Programmes

The programmes should be well-designed with clear learning outcomes and an appropriate balance between knowledge acquisition and skills acquisition.

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STUDENTS

The school should ensure the quality of its students through appropriate selection processes, through the management of student progression in its programmes, and through the provision of appropriate student services. The school should actively help students to define their future professional orientation.

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FACULTY

The Faculty should be well-qualified and should be active in both research, and learning and teaching. Sufficient core faculty is needed to cover the major disciplines and constitute a viable body of distinctive expertise (i.e. a minimum of 25 FTE).

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Research & development

The school's output from its Research & Development activities should impact the constituencies important to, and part of, the school's strategy, such as academic research, applied research, pedagogical research and innovation that may affect the learning and teaching strategy.

Executive Education

While not all business schools carry out Executive Education (and it is not a requirement for EQUIS), this activity should be appropriately integrated into the school’s overall strategy and into its central management systems.

Resources & administration

The school needs to have sufficient resources, including administration, to be able to fulfil its operational commitments and to demonstrate its financial viability and institutional continuity.

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Research & development

The school's output from its Research & Development activities should impact the constituencies important to, and part of, the school's strategy, such as academic research, applied research, pedagogical research and innovation that may affect the learning and teaching strategy.

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Executive Education

While not all business schools carry out Executive Education (and it is not a requirement for EQUIS), this activity should be appropriately integrated into the school’s overall strategy and into its central management systems.

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Resources & administration

The school needs to have sufficient resources, including administration, to be able to fulfil its operational commitments and to demonstrate its financial viability and institutional continuity.

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Internationalisation

The school should have a clearly articulated strategy and policies for internationalisation, encompassing its student body, faculty, international partnerships, research activity and corporate connections.

Ethics, Responsibility & Sustainability

The school should have a clear understanding of its role as a “globally responsible organisation” and its contribution to ethics and sustainability. This understanding should be reflected in the school’s mission, strategy and activities.

Connections with Practice

Business schools need to be closely connected to the world of practice, widely defined as commercial, policy and public organisations, which represent the end users of the school’s output of graduates and knowledge creation.

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Internationalisation

The school should have a clearly articulated strategy and policies for internationalisation, encompassing its student body, faculty, international partnerships, research activity and corporate connections.

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Ethics, Responsability & Sustainability

The school should have a clear understanding of its role as a “globally responsible organisation” and its contribution to ethics and sustainability. This understanding should be reflected in the school’s mission, strategy and activities.

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Connection with Practice

Business schools need to be closely connected to the world of practice, widely defined as commercial, policy and public organisations, which represent the end users of their output of graduates and of knowledge created by the school.