EQUIS accreditation extended by five years

The EQUIS Awarding Body has voted to confer the EQUIS accreditation label upon Vlerick Business School for a further period of five years. By doing so Vlerick is now part of a select group of only 15 business schools that have received an unconditional full five-year accreditation for three times in a row.

This re-accreditation is an important acknowledgement for Vlerick, since it provides a reliable indication of quality in business and management education. It also means that the School continues to be part of an exclusive group of global educational establishments in possession of three of the most important international accreditations in the field of management studies, being the European EQUIS, the British AMBA and the American AACSB. This threefold accreditation confirms that teaching and research at Vlerick has achieved the highest global quality standards.

The Awarding Body was impressed with the significant progress made since the School was first accredited in 2001 and the seriousness with which it has addressed the issues raised previously by EQUIS. More in particular, the Awarding Body commended the School’s commitment to Executive Education and careful attention to the development needs of its clients. The EQUIS Awarding Body is composed of representatives of high-profile organisations that are stakeholders in the quality improvement of management education.

David M. Saunders, Chairman EQUIS Awarding Body: “On behalf of the EFMD and the EQUIS team, I should like to congratulate the School and its staff on this achievement and wish them every success in their plans for the future development of the School.

Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean Vlerick Business School: “With every accreditation cycle we are putting the bar higher in delivering a quality learning and development experience to our students and partner companies. Our 221 Vlerick staff and faculty can be proud of this third consecutive five year EQUIS accreditation, which puts us among a select group of schools worldwide.

What is EQUIS – the European Quality Improvement System?

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and its fundamental objective is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

The creation of EQUIS in 1997 was prompted by the need to develop an accreditation system targeted to those business schools anywhere in the world that were trying to make an impact beyond their domestic frontiers. At the time of its creation, there were no established international accreditation systems in the field of management or business administration.

As of December 2011, 133 business schools have been awarded EQUIS with 38 countries represented among the accredited schools.

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