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More than just compliance


EFMD launches the Quality Assurance Academy. By Ulrich Hommel, Ivana Marinkovic and Benjamin Stévenin.   Quality assurance (QA) professionals are in short supply these days. As more and more business schools invest in international positioning, so demand is rising for professional talent capable of managing accreditation projects, leading ranking initiatives, driving the pursuit of topical…

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EPAS Network: Forerunner of changes

Mario Spremić describes how a Croatian business faculty has used EPAS both as a way to develop itself and also as an international framework and proactive platform for exchanging experiences and ideas  It is not very common that a single bachelor programme with around 3% of enrolled students drives the way for improvement throughout a…

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Maintaining the gold standard

Ulrich Hommel and Michael Osbaldeston celebrate two decades of EQUIS and look forward to another 20 years of opportunities The foundation of the system  Business schools have existed for over a century, originally as places of vocational training which were gradually recast as serious academic institutions. They are one of the major success stories in higher education of the last…

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Accreditation – How to Get it Right

María Helena Jaén outlines how to make the accreditation process as pain-free and rewarding as possible. Why should our business school be accredited? Deans in developing countries often ask this question. The cost is high, staff must be assigned and faculty motivated. It takes a good deal of time, money and effort. What do we…

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Towards a Coherent Portfolio of Quality

Chris Greensted explains how the three EFMD quality improvement systems (EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF) are now designed as a portfolio. The overall mission of EFMD is to act as a catalyst to promote and enhance, excellence in management development in Europe and worldwide. Given that there are reputedly more than 13,000 business schools in the…

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Pressures to Conform

Peter McKiernan and David Wilson argue that business schools should stop copying each other and start rediscovering their diversity. Over the last 40 years, variety in business schools has diminished considerably. Where once there stood a rich intellectual diversity, there now sits an intellectual conformity as a result of deans being seemingly content to achieve…

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Intended Learning Outcomes: Friend or Foe?

Intended Learning Outcomes are a key aspect of programme accreditation yet they seem to cause many schools and programme directors considerable difficulty or even resistance. Chris Greensted and Ulrich Hommel examine the issues. Put simply, ILOs are a statement of what a student will know and be able to do at the end of a…

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Diversity is Dead. Long Live Diversity!

An increasing number of pundits argue that the business school sector has entered a process of homogenisation – that diversity as we know it is dying a slow and inescapable death. Ulrich Hommel examines the evidence and analyses the possible impact it may have on accreditation systems. Respecting diversity is one of the core values…

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The Challenges Facing Business School Accreditation

Global Focus Magazine

Business schools have been among the most successful higher education institutions of the last 50 years. Yet now they face many serious challenges that, as Michael Osbaldeston explains, have deep implications for accreditation bodies. Business schools have existed for over a century, originally as institutions of practical education, which, following the Ford and Carnegie Foundation…

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Going from EPAS to EQUIS and AACSB … and from AACSB to EPAS

EFMD Global Focus Magazine

Anne-Joëlle Philippart explains how the mix of EFMD and AACSB accreditation models helped achieve a rapid improvement of the quality assurance system at HEC-Liège. HEC-Liège, the management school of the University of Liege, Belgium, is the result of the 2005 merger of two Liege business schools.The city of Liege has undergone profound industrial change focused…

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Innovation in Action

John North and Anders Aspling detail the work of the first GRLI Management Education Innovation Cohort. In May 2013 a group of deans and directors of business schools and corporate learning and development specialists met at EFMD’s Brussels headquarters drawn by the question: how do we drive change towards management education that serves a world…

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Developing an International Brand

Most business schools will say they are international. Are they really? Andrew Crisp and Joanne Hession provide a checklist for both schools and potential students. The recent CarringtonCrisp major study “See the Future” reported that 68% of respondent students are interested in studying abroad while 89% of all managers and directors agree that “good business…

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Quality Street – The Sweet Side of Accreditation

Gaining accreditation (and maintaining it) is a tough business. But Julie Perrin Halot and Rachael Weiss argue that it provides its own long-term rewards. The business school race for accreditations shows no sign of losing momentum. On the contrary, the number of schools entering their first accreditation process remains steady and those embarking on the…

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