AACSB accreditation extended by five years

AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – has recently decided to extend its accreditation for the management programmes offered by Vlerick Business School for a further period of five years. Having received the AACSB accreditation for the first time in 2004, this is the third time in a row that Vlerick Business School receives as five year extension.

This re-accreditation means that Vlerick continues to be one of an elite group of business schools that hold the three most important international accreditations in the field of management education: the European EQUIS quality label, the British AMBA accreditation and the American AACSB. This triple accreditation recognises Vlerick’s commitment to setting the highest quality standards in management education and research.

Our strengths and innovative activities

“The Continuous Improvement Review Committee was very much impressed by the significant progress made during the past five years,” says Dean Philippe Haspeslagh.

“They particularly commended Vlerick’s deep engagement with the business community. They were also impressed by our prizewinning and thorough rebranding, capturing the essence of our school in four brand drivers, and which has been leveraged to drive internal changes. Thirdly AACSB mentions our very high level of strategic investment and renewal in the face of an adverse economic environment. They particularly highlight our new Brussels campus and our new website. Furthermore, they mention the curriculum revisions we have made both for degree programmes as well as executive education. Finally, they commended us for our warm and inviting atmosphere and the significant collegiality of our faculty.”

Assurance of learning

Since the last accreditation Vlerick has made great efforts to develop a cohesive and comprehensive Assurance of Learning plan for its programmes.  Philippe Haspeslagh explains how a very progressive, overarching assessment tool, called My Vlerick Development Portfolio (My VDP), has been developed. “This tool incorporates a series of self-analysis surveys and 360 feedback sessions discussing strengths, weaknesses and possible courses of corrective action. Each student is assigned a coach who mentors them throughout the academic year. At the end of the programme the progress made is charted.” According to the Review Committee My VDP is comprehensive, thorough and guided by a team of very qualified faculty.

About AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Established in 1916, AACSB International is a global, nonprofit membership organisation of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. There are 694 member institutions that hold an AACSB accreditation. Overall, 45 countries and territories are represented by AACSB-accredited schools.

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