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24 January 2012 | PR 12/10

Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics gets EQUIS seal of approval


Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics has been awarded EQUIS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the benchmarking system recognised globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education.

The award puts the School in the elite 1% of business schools that have been EQUIS accredited out of an estimated 12,000 institutions worldwide, and as one of just 24 UK institutions to receive the prestigious mark.

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 the learning environment and the level of an institution’s commitment to internationalisation. 

The accreditation body, based in Brussels and boasting over 750 international member organisations, aims to raise the standard of management education around the world. 

Loughborough University’s business school first became EQUIS accredited in 2008.  The successful re-accreditation as the School of Business and Economics in 2011 further cements the School’s reputation as a leading provider of education and research in business, economics and finance. Students at the School can be assured that their qualification is internationally recognised – an important factor in today’s global business environment.


Commenting on the achievement, Dean of Business and Economics Angus Laing said:  “This success is a testimony to our strengths and marks an important milestone in our on-going development as a genuinely world class School.”


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Notes for editors:

The fundamental objective of EQUIS, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

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 and a commitment to internationalisation.

For more information about EMFD and EQUIS visit: http://www.efmd.org/

About the School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is consistently ranked in the Top-10 UK universities for Business and Management by The Times, The Independent and The Guardian.  It was ranked 2nd for Finance & Accounting and for Management in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012.

95% of the School’s Economics research was rated as of ‘international standard’ by the 2008 RAE.  60% of Business research was rated as ‘world-leading or internationally excellent’.

About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and it’s underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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