European Quality Improvement System

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The EFMD 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 February 2017, EQUIS has accredited 167 institutions in 41 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


EQUIS was created in 1997 under Gordon Shenton and the current director is Michael Osbaldeston.[3] In the past 20 years of existence the organization has accredited 167 institutions in 41 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 for three years (with annual progress reports on the areas of improvement required) or for five years (with a mid-term progress report on development objectives required).[6]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "EQUIS European Quality Improvement System" (PDF).  External link in |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b "EQUIS Accreditation System Celebrates its 20th Anniversary]]". Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)".  External link in |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Andreas Kaplan: European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools". European Management Journal. 32: 529–534. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2014.03.006. 
  5. ^ "???". 5 February 2014.  External link in |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)" (PDF). 18 November 2014. 

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