European Quality Improvement System

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The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) is a school accreditation system. It specializes in higher education institutions of management and business administration, run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).[1] As of June 2012, EQUIS has accredited 138 business schools in 38 countries around the world.[2]

Scope of business school accreditation for AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA
Number of schools with single, double and triple (AACSB-AMBA-EQUIS) accreditation outside North America

History[edit]

EQUIS was created in 1998 under Gordon Shenton and the current director is Julio Urgel.[3] In the past twelve years of existence the organization has accredited 138 institutions in 38 countries.[2]

Object of the accreditation[edit]

The accreditation is awarded to business schools based on general quality. The process also takes into account the business school's level of internationalization, which is not a strict requirement for accreditation by the other two major international accreditation bodies: AACSB and AMBA.[4] So far all fully accredited EQUIS business schools applying for AACSB accreditation have succeeded, which has not been the case the other way.[5]

EQUIS accreditation can be granted conditionally for three years (with annual progress reports required) or unconditionally for five years.[6]

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