EFMD Quality Improvement System

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

equis accreditation

Leading institutional accreditation system

EQUIS accreditation is the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. It is acknowledged worldwide by potential students, faculty, employers, corporate clients and the media, often being a pre-requisite for entry to rankings.

Quality benchmark in ten areas

EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking your school against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as engagement with the world of practice.

Broad assessment scope

EQUIS covers all the activities of your school, including degree and non-degree programmes, knowledge generation and contribution to the community.

Continuous improvement process

EQUIS helps you strive for excellence in an on-going improvement process following each accreditation or re-accreditation visit.

Respect for diversity

EQUIS considers the great diversity of national cultures and educational systems around the world. It recognises that it is essential to understand the particularities of the local context in every assessment process.

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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



    EQUIS provides you with a seal of excellence for the whole business school as well as a significant differentiation point in the increasingly competitive business education landscape.


    You can take advantage of international comparison and benchmarking through the process of evaluation by an international peer review team, including a senior corporate practitioner.


    EQUIS offers you strategic guidance for quality improvement and future development of your institution and all its activities, to keep you up to date in a rapidly changing global landscape.


    Being accredited makes you part of a vibrant community of mutual learning and sharing good practice with business schools coming from different higher-education systems.

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EFMD-Global-Accrediation-EQUIS-Framework (1)

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).


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.



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


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.


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).


Research & development

The school’s output from its Research & Development activities should make an impact on the constituencies that are important to and part of the school’s strategy, such as academic research, applied research as well as 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.



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, 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.

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.