I am happy to welcome you to the 1st issue of the Quality Services (QS) Newsletter which will be sent 3 times a year and aims to inform you of progress in our efforts to improve business schools quality through our integrated portfolio of services: EQUIS, EPAS and DAF.
we provide an increasingly valued incentive for schools to show that they excel in many areas, as well as a tool for assessment and improvement of quality that is consciously demanding. It is the QS service targeted at leading international business schools that are already doing a good overall job and even excel in some areas. They know that excellence needs to be improved in a rapidly changing and highly competitive environment and see EQUIS as a service to assist them by providing an external challenge and an agenda for change. In our continued endeavour to add value, we are currently fine tuning a “Customised Re-accreditation” process to be offered as an alternative, but equally demanding, approach for schools that have already received 5-year EQUIS accreditation three consecutive times. We informed the network about this during the QS Seminar that preceded the last EFMD Deans and Directors meeting and we expect that in 2013 the system will be applied to a number of qualifying pilot schools.
we provide a very rigorous assessment of one of the core activities of any business school: its degree programmes. We have learned through EPAS that excellence in degree programme quality is less common than it may seem, even in leading schools. Since EQUIS accredited schools cannot, regrettably from my personal point of view, benefit from EPAS, it has become the de facto preferred accreditation option of those schools that because of strategic choice, environmental circumstances, or development paths, cannot currently satisfy all of the EQUIS requirements. However, they can successfully prove that they are able to excel in the fundamental role of education that a degree programme represents. In addition, EPAS facilitates the learning necessary for schools to successfully but gradually spread quality to all of their programmes and other activities, and in due course aim for EQUIS if it fits their strategy. EPAS is currently focusing on its expansion outside Europe with solid and secure steps.
is the quality improvement tool for those that are not currently interested in or do not fit or qualify yet for EQUIS or EPAS. DAF provides assessment, recommendations for improvement and mentorship to any school in development, coming from both developing or developed countries, that shows credible and serious concern for its quality improvement. EFMD will help schools in developing countries to go through DAF by channeling funding from EFMD itself and from other organizations. Schools that can afford to pay for DAF will do so to make the service sustainable. In the coming months 5 schools will go through DAF in its pilot phase. Support and interest for DAF show that it will no doubt soon become one of our most valuable services.
This set of services, in line with EFMD's mission, is considered to be able to provide an integrated, distinctive and adapted path for business schools around the world that, while at different stages in their development, are all committed to quality improvement in business and management education. We hope that you, like us, are able to see and appreciate the great value that EQUIS, EPAS and DAF provide collectively and individually each, in its own distinctive way. Thanks for your continued support of EFMD and the international network. Prof. Dr. Julio Urgel, Director, EFMD Quality ServicesClick here for an overview of the Quality Services seminars being organised over the next 6 months.