EFMD appoints Michael Osbaldeston as Director of Quality Services

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michaelosbaldestonIt is a great privilege to take up the position of Director of Quality Services (QS) at EFMD this month following in the footsteps of the illustrious founding director of EQUIS, Gordon Shenton, and the subsequent director of QS, Julio Urgel, who has led the development of our integrated portfolio of services – EQUIS, EPAS and DAF – so successfully over the last ten years and now becomes a Deputy Director General of EFMD. For me, this is a case of going full circle, having been a member of the original project team which gave birth to EQUIS in 1997 when serving as a Vice President of EFMD, then as a member of its Awarding Body in both an academic and a corporate capacity, and more recently, as a QS senior adviser.
During my tenure as Dean of two UK business schools, Ashridge and Cranfield, and also as Director of Global Learning at Shell International, I have been intimately involved in the processes of quality improvement, accreditation and internationalisation of management education. I look forward to bringing this experience to bear on the development of EFMD’s services. I intend to play a full and active role in promoting EQUIS, EPAS and DAF in new areas of the world and look forward to working with the experienced team of Associate Directors, the highly competent administrative staff in Brussels and the enthusiastic and committed network of peer reviewers spread throughout the globe.
Issues of particular concern at present are broadening our interpretation of “Contribution to the Community” to encompass Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability, providing greater consistency in our assessment of “Research and Development” and “Internationalisation”, and designing a special version of EQUIS re-accreditation which can be offered to those schools which have been accredited for five years on three consecutive occasions. We also need to spread the word more widely on the availability of DAF as a quality mentoring service provided for developing schools by experienced international deans.
So there is much to be done and I look forward to meeting more Deans and Programme Directors of accredited schools and programmes over the coming months at our various information sessions and advisory seminars, and of course, at the next EFMD Deans and Directors Meeting at Koc School of Business in Turkey in January 2013.

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, EFMD Director of Quality Services