Vlerick Business School awarded AACSB accreditation for another five years

AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – has recently decided to extend its accreditation of Vlerick Business School for a further period of five years. Vlerick was awarded the AACSB accreditation for the first time in April 2004 and since then, the accreditation has been renewed every five years.

With this AACSB extension, Vlerick remains the only school in Belgium to hold the “triple crown”, made up all three major international management education accreditation labels: AACSB, AMBA (Association of MBAs), and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). The triple accreditation recognises the school’s commitment to setting the highest international quality standards in management education and research.

AACSB congratulates Vlerick Business School on extending its accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. Vlerick Business School’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.”

Responding to the news, Marion Debruyne, Dean of Vlerick Business School, said: “I’m delighted that AACSB has continued to recognise Vlerick as a world-class business school. This recognition is thanks to the continuous efforts of the entire Vlerick team to deliver top-quality education. We’re happy that the peer-review team applauded the entrepreneurial spirit of the school and our focus on experiential and innovative learning.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation has been earned by only 5 percent of the world's schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher. Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, commitment to continuous improvement, and peer-reviewed evaluation. The standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff engagement and quality; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

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