EFMD and NVAO Sign International Collaborative Agreement

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Today, EFMD Director General & CEO, Eric Cornuel, signed in Brussels a collaborative agreement with NVAO Board Member, Paul Zevenbergen, to join the accreditation processes of both organisations.

DSC1218For Dutch and Flemish higher education institutions, the collaboration between NVAO and EFMD means less red tape and a more efficient accreditation process. All the assessment processes and procedures that are required to have institutions and programmes accredited by both EFMD and NVAO can now be completed in one procedure. Joint accreditation will provide the Dutch and Flemish institutions that currently hold one of EFMD’s accreditations (EQUIS/EPAS) with a streamlined process to include NVAO accreditation.

"With over 840 members from 83 countries, EFMD has always fostered excellence in management development globally. I am pleased to see that the quality and international perspective that the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems bring, will benefit Dutch and Flemish institutions through a streamlined process. I very much look forward to more such synergies being established with local accreditation bodies around the world", says Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO, EFMD.

DSC1223Paul Zevenbergen, NVAO Board Member said: “We can now take all the requirements of the professions and the sector into consideration in our accreditation process. This makes it much easier for business schools, economic programmes and management development professionals to obtain not just our accreditation but that of the professional organisations AACSB and EFMD as well. That is why we were happy to get in touch with these two organisations in order to interlace our procedures, without affecting our responsibilities and without lowering standards.”

EFMD welcomes this development and looks forward to more collabotations and synergies being created between EFMD international accreditation systems and local accreditation bodies.

Quality Assurance in Universities: Implementation Status

EUA InternalQA coverEUA logoEUA has just published a new report examining current European trends in quality assurance (QA) in higher education. The report “ESG Part 1: Are universities ready?” outlines what is known about the current status of implementation of each standard of part I of the current standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area (ESG).

The paper highlights a number of areas that are likely to require further attention from institutional leadership and QA managers. These include the need to:

  • link QA with strategic management
  • demonstrate implementation of student-centred learning
  • develop robust measures for reviewing programmes

Mapping the status of internal quality assurance (QA), the 32-page report breaks down into:

  • Policy for quality assurance: institutional policy, involvement of internal and external stakeholders
  • Design and approval of programmes: Qualifications frameworks, learning outcomes, involvement of internal and external stakeholders in programme design
  • Student-centred learning, teaching and assessment
  • Student admission, progression, recognition and certification
  • Teaching staff: trends in support and assessment, pedagogical development
  • Learning resources and student support: trends in learning environment
  • Information management: indicators related to learning and teaching
  • Public information
  • On-going monitoring and periodic review of programmes
  • Cyclical external quality assurance

Please go here for the full report: "ESG Part 1: Are universities ready?"

EQUIS EPASlogosYou will no doubt also be interested in the EFMD International Accreditations:
EQUIS - EFMD Quality Improvement System: please do explore: the EQUIS general information, the list of EQUIS accredited schools, the EQUIS key timings, as wel as the EQUIS Guides 2015.

EPAS - EFMD Programme Accreditation System: please feel free to consult for further details: the EPAS general information, the overview of EPAS accredited programmes, the EPAS key timings, as well as the EPAS Guides 2015.

EUA logo firAdditionally, you can always attend the EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars. These are targeted at institutions considering applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation and those holding active eligibility wishing to get a better understanding about the system. Currently, accreditation seminars are planned for:

15-16 October 2015  in Prague, Czech Republic, hosted by University of Economics, Prague - Faculty of International Relations

EUA logo MBA12-13 November 2015 in Miami, United States, hosted by Manchester Business School – Americas Centre, Miami