EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision and community outreach. Institutions must be primarily devoted to management education. EQUIS is not primarily focused on the MBA or any other specific programme. Its scope covers all programmes offered by an institution from the first degree up to the PhD.
EQUIS looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. A strong interface with the world of business is, therefore, as much a requirement as a strong research potential. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.
Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation. With companies recruiting worldwide, with students choosing to get their education outside their home countries, and with schools building alliances across borders and continents, there is a rapidly growing need for them to be able to identify those institutions in other countries that deliver high quality education in international management.
The School is one of just 1% of business schools in the world to be EQUIS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); an accreditation that classifies the School as being a leading provider of education and research in business, economics and finance.
Among the factors assessed by EQUIS are the academic quality and professional relevance of all programmes, the degree of engagement with business and industry, the quality of facilities and the learning environment, and the level of an institution’s commitment to internationalisation.
Originally accredited in 2008, the School was reaccredited in 2011, 2014 and again in 2017, further cementing the School’s position as a globally recognised institution that continues to raise the standard of management education worldwide.