EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars in London & Bangkok

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Join our seminars in London, hosted by Imperial College Business School or Bangkok, hosted by Thammasat University to find out more about EQUIS and EPAS and the many benefits the EFMD Accreditation Process can bring to your School.

  • Are you applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation?
  • Is your Institution holding active eligibility?
  • Do you want to get a better understanding about the accreditation systems?
  • Do you want to find out about recent process developments within the EFMD accreditations?

Then we invite you to join our EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars.

To view the complete programme and all other practical information, please visit the event webpage for London and Bangkok. If you have any questions please contact Simonne MacDonald or JiaJia Zhu.

IESE & Barcelona is the New Location for the GBSN & EFMD Africa Conference

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NEW LOCATION: The 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to IESE & Barcelona.

It is with great disappointment that EFMD, GBSN & GIMPA have to announce that the 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to Barcelona, Spain due to the ongoing and tragic crisis surrounding the Ebola virus.

The President of Ghana issued a 3-month moratorium on international conferences and there are rising concerns among our member schools about the Ebola crisis, so the decision to move location had to be made.

Since the new venue for the conference will be Barcelona, Spain, we hope that our members that were not planning to travel to Ghana, but still have an interest in business education in Africa see this as an opportunity to participate in engaging discussions with a very international audience.  The conference program will keep a strong focus on Africa.

We warmly thank IESE Business School for stepping in to offer their facilities at such short notice and being so supportive of the network.

The conference will take place on the initially planned dates of 4th-5th November 2014, with the GBSN Members Meeting and EFMD Accreditation seminar on 3rd November 2014. Even though the conference location will change, the conference program will keep a strong focus on Africa with the same agenda and we look forward to engaging discussions with a very international audience.

Early Bird Registration has been extended through September 30th, and new hotel information will be posted to the website soon. Please check back to www.gbsn.org/africa2014 for more information.

We would like to thank all of our members for your understanding and continued support and look forward to warmly welcoming you to Spain. If you have any questions please contact  Page Buchanan, GBSN, at pbuchanan@gbsnonline.org or Griet Houbrechts, EFMD, at griet.houbrechts@efmd.org.

NEW: EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar: Invitation to Gain First-Hand Insights

equisThe EQUIS Team is offering a new accreditation seminar format in 2015, the EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar. While other offerings serve informational purposes, you are warmly invited to attend this seminar on 18-19 February 2015 at the EFMD offices in Brussels which has been designed as an enabler for, in particular, EQUIS project leaders of institutions already in process.

The seminar has been designed to provide in-depth guidance on how to complete the different steps of the EQUIS accreditation process successfully.

Participants will gain detailed insights on how to compile a Data Sheet and a Self-Assessment Report, how to organize an effective Peer Review Visit and how to manage the post-accreditation phase including the write-up of progress reports.The objective of the seminar is to move distinctly beyond the EQUIS documents and to let participants gain first-hand insights into the Do’s and Don’ts when managing an EQUIS accreditation project.

  • Banner eventsThe seminar is targeted at institutions already awarded eligibility or accreditation as well as institutions currently preparing their application for eligibility. It is relevant for Accreditation Officers (EQUIS Project Leaders), Deans and Associate Deans in charge of accreditations.Prerequisites
  • Participants must already possess a good working knowledge of the EQUIS system, which requires at the very minimum the careful study of the EQUIS documents (Standards & Criteria, Process Manual, Process Manual Annexes)  before arriving in Brussels.
  • School representatives looking for an introductory overview of the EQUIS system are explicitly discouraged from registering for this seminar.

For more information, please email the EQUIS team, they are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

EFMD Awards EQUIS Reaccreditation to 11 Leading Business Schools

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following schools who have recently been reaccredited by EQUIS:

Amsterdam Business School, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Babson College, USA
CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
ESCP Europe, France
Durham University Business School, UK
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Keio University, Keio Business School, Japan
London Business School, UK
LUSEM - Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Business, China
University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School, UK

“EQUIS has set new standards of quality in management education. The EQUIS accreditation process is a unique opportunity for a university or a business school to reflect on the relevant strategic issues that any institutions face in today’s changing world, as well as on the operational dimensions that make the university’s  educational experience truly good.”
Jordi Canals, Dean, IESE Business School

"EQUIS accreditation provides independent evidence of quality to past, current and potential members of the London Business School community. We are pleased to have their confirmation of the success of our constant search for excellence.”
Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School

"We do appreciate that we are granted EQUIS label for another three years. Under the accelerated globalization of management education, this reaccreditation is just the starting point for our improvement for the coming three years."
Prof. Hirokazu Kono, Dean, Keio Business School

"It is a great honour to be awarded five years accreditation by EQUIS and I would like to thank the peer review team for their carefull consideration of Leeds University Business School. I also would like to pay tribute to all the hard work put in by my colleagues, which has resulted in this well-deserved accolade.”
Prof. Peter Moizer, Dean, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

"We are delighted that we have been awarded with EQUIS reaccreditation for a second time. The reaccreditation exercise is a clear demonstration of our dedication to excellence, and the priority placed on internationalisation.”
Prof. Edwin Cheng, Dean, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

"Amsterdam Business School – part of the University of Amsterdam- is proud to be continuously in the league of schools with EQUIS accreditation.”
Prof. Dr. Marc Salomon, Dean, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Service added, "I would like to congratulate the schools that have gone through the reaccrediation process. If you are a student, parent, recruiter or have an interest in business education then the first and most important credential to look for in a school is does it have accreditation from EFMD."

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis.

EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to AUC, KEDGE and Frankfurt

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate AUC, KEDGE and Frankfurt who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.This takes the number of accredited schools to 147 across 40 countries.

  • “Internationally mobile students as well as companies who work with business schools to develop their most promising talent all have an interest in whether a business school is accredited, and if so, by whom,” explained Professor Dr. Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School. “This is where EQUIS plays an absolutely vital role, by helping us to attract top talent from all over the world to study at our business school. This both strengthens us and raises Frankfurt’s profile as a leading business centre.”

  • "The creation of KEDGE BS was challenging for all staff and the support and understanding of the EFMD was essential to our progress. As the EQUIS criteria underpins our vision of an international school, it is particularly motivating to have achieved accreditation following our merger. The input from EQUIS was a caring balance of praise and focused criticism that will guide and motivate us for the future. We want to offer the best in personal and professional development and EQUIS helps us to do so," said Dr. Philip McLaughlin, Acting Dean and Director, KEDGE Business School.
  • “AUC School of Business has been working relentlessly and passionately over the last five years with its different stakeholders to create a culture of change and continuous improvement and to transform assessment and accreditation from being a destination to being the ongoing driver for bettering our program and service offerings to cater to the needs of the society.  It is invaluably inspiring to see the school, over such a short time despite the developments taking place in Egypt, become EQUIS accredited consequently triple-crowned and making it in a better position to serve its community,” said Dr. Sherif Kamel, Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo
  • “EQUIS accreditation is the ultimate acknowledgement of Frankfurt School’s successful development over the last few years – I am absolutely delighted by this achievement!” confirmed Professor Dr. h.c. Klaus-Peter Müller, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG. “EQUIS accreditation helps to underline the fact that our key strategic projects, such as the development of our research capabilities and international expansion, are all heading in the right direction.”

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services added, "We are delighted to warmly welcome the three new schools into the EQUIS community. Accreditation from EFMD is one of the best and most complete ways to certify the quality of a business school as acreditation involves an extensive self-assessment by the School, a visit of an international review team who spend several days interviewing many different people in the School, and finally a very experienced jury evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and both schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

The benefits of accreditation include:

  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Become part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc.
  • International Legitimacy vis-a-vis - recruiting international students; creating double degree partnerships; forming international exchange relationships; recruiting executive development custom programme clients; recruiting new faculty

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

EQUIS Policy Revisions 2014 - Multi-Campus Operations, Collaborative Provision, Institutional Change & Restructuring

equis2013The 2014 revision of the EQUIS documents include three significant changes in the EQUIS Process Manual Annexes, all related to specific features of business school operations.

1. Policy on Multi-Campus Operations (Annex 12)

Many business schools are nowadays spreading their activities across multiple campuses and, in some cases, it is not even clear anymore which campus is to be considered the headquarter (home) campus. Given that quality may differ greatly within a business school’s campus network, the EQUIS process must include a review of the school’s activities at different campus locations, the linkages between them, the degree of managerial and operational independence granted to them and the form of control exercised by senior management. The purpose of the new annex is to ensure that schools in process supply sufficiently detailed information on their campus networks at all stages of the accreditation process.

The new EQUIS policy requires schools to include all of its campuses and provide a detailed description in the Self-Assessment Report with an informative summary added to the datasheet and supporting evidence presented in the base room. The information to be submitted includes: Description of the activity portfolio carried out at each campus location, local resource support, governance mechanisms to control campus activities and to ensure coordination within the campus network, quality assurance, financial performance and risks specific to local operations. Multi-campus strategies, development objectives and performance milestones need to be explained in detail as well. Peer Review Visits may involve several campuses, typically the headquarter campus and the perceived weakest links within the campus network.

For further information, see Annex 12, EQUIS Process Manual Annexes.

2. Policy on Collaborative Provision (Annex 13)

The 2014 document changes serve the purpose of further detailing existing policy. An increasing number of business schools deliver degree programmes in collaboration with partner institutions. The partners may be located in the same country or offshore; they may be academic or non-academic institutions. Degrees may be awarded solely by one of the partners, jointly by several partners (joint degrees) or individually by several (typically not more than two) partners (dual degrees). Collaborative provision is normally regulated by bilateral agreements. Consortium structures can be set up with a portfolio of bilateral contracts or may be formally operated as a joint venture.

Collaborative provision implies that the business school requesting EQUIS accreditation is likely not to fully control the design, delivery and management of the respective degree programmes. It is therefore necessary to assess during an EQUIS review how collaboration is impacting quality and therefore indirectly the EQUIS brand.

The document revisions clarify that some forms of collaborative provision (e.g. dual degree offerings in support of student outward mobility for the School’s main degree programmes) have become a mainstay in management education and are therefore unlikely to warrant special attention under this policy. Off-campus delivery in cooperation with a lesser reputed partner institution definitely will.

The revised policy makes the information requirements more explicit. Schools are required to describe all collaborative activities (including partner institutions) in full as an appendix to the Self-Assessment Report with an informative summary also included in Datasheet. The Base Room must include partnership agreements, policy documents, minutes, (financial) data and any further evidence needed to understand the School’s collaborative activities. Otherwise, the previously established process still applies.

For further information, see Annex 13, EQUIS Process Manual Annexes.

3. Policy on Major Institutional Change and Restructuring (Annex 18)

The existing Policy on Major Restructuring has been modified to clarify its scope and when it is necessary to notify the EQUIS Office. In addition, the potential consequences have been strengthened, all in an effort to protect the EQUIS brand.

The addition ‘Institutional Change’ to the title of this policy reflects the observation that ‘major restructuring’ is in many instances triggered by ‘major institutional change’. The parent of an accredited school may for instance decide to merge the business school with another unit, which can alter governance, autonomy, strategic outlook and operations in fundamental ways. Alternatively, an accredited school may be negatively affected by changes in its economic environment (e.g. departure of a major donor, tightening of student visa regulations), which can eventually serve as a trigger for major restructuring.

The 2014 version clarifies the policy’s intended scope: The policy already applies when it can be reasonably assumed that major institutional change will occur (rather than when major institutional change or the resulting restructuring actually materialise). It also includes instances where institutional change and restructuring are not the result of a deliberate act by the accredited school.

Schools need to notify the EQUIS Office without undue delay in case the institutional change is potentially “major” and then the previously established procedure applies. Failing to submit notification, submitting the notification too late or misrepresenting the institutional change and its consequences can lead to the suspension of accreditation at the discretion of the EQUIS Accreditation Board.

For further information, see Annex 18, EQUIS Process Manual Annexes.

Counting Down to the 2014 EFMD Deans & Directors Conference

The 2014 EFMD Deans & Directors General Conference is fast approaching and will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law in Sweden next week on the 30-31st Jan. ddm2014pic

This year’s conference will cover topics such as:

  • Integrating sustainability and what this means for business education;
  • Are business schools preparing graduates with competencies linked to sustainability?
  • The hot topic of MOOCs will be explored in detail;
  • The relationship between corporations and business schools: are they really working?
  • Reflections on business education in general: does business education have a need for more innovation, is it relevant;
  • Interdisciplinary programmes, how a school can best link disciplines to its advantage, etc.

This is a unique global meeting that allows Deans to exchange, discuss and share their own experiences with their peers from around the world.

The conference will be chaired by Christopher Earley, Dean, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, US and speakers include:

  • Sustainability – Corporate Perspective - Tom Johnstone, President and CEO, SKF AB, SE

  • Panel Discussion on The Role of MOOCs
    Provider perspective: Simon Nelson, CEO, Futurelearn, UK
    Pedagogical perspective: Paul Stacey, Senior Project Manager, Creative Commons, USA

  • Swedish Corporate Perspective
    Olaf Persson, President and CEO, Volvo, SEAnd many more…

For the opening panel on Thursday 30 January, Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and 'Schumpeter' columnist from The Economist will reflect on the changing business education landscape, the role and purpose of business education and highlight some of his key concerns for the industry. The session and Q&A will be moderated by Johan Roos, Dean and Managing Director, Jönköping International Business School, SE.

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The full programme is here and there is still time to register online. If you have any questions please contact Delphine HAUSPY delphine.hauspy@efmd.org

EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Paris

We hope that you will join us in Paris to find out more about EFMD accreditation and the many benefits the accreditation process can bring to your school. The EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars will be hosted by the EDHEC Business School – Paris Campus, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of March 2014.

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  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Become part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc
  • International Legitimacy vis-a-vis
    - recruiting international students (especially full-time MBA)
    - creating double degree partnerships
    - forming international exchange relationships
    - recruiting executive development custom program clients
    - recruiting new faculty

Currently there are 144 EQUIS accredited schools and 82 EPAS accredited programmes at 62 business schools around the world.The Seminars are targeted at institutions considering applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation, those holding active eligibility or accredited Schools wishing to get a better understanding about the systems. They are relevant for Deans and Directors, Associate Deans, Directors of major programmes, Directors of External Relations and Accreditation Officers. EQUIS and EPAS Peer Reviewers are also encouraged to attend in order to receive an update on recent process developments within the EFMD accreditations.
 
The Seminars will focus on the following aspects:

  • Interpretation and Practical Application of the Standards and Criteria equisepasedafdiagram-1
  • Understanding the Key Stages of the Accreditation Processes
  • Preparing an Effective Self-Assessment Report and Peer Review Visit
  • Presentation of the EQUIS & EPAS Documents

Ample time will be allotted for participants to raise issues of particular concern to them. Attending the Seminars also represents a great opportunity to interact with other representatives of the EQUIS and EPAS networks.

An introduction to EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers, will also be presented. EDAF is a mentoring system that can help Schools in their preparation of EQUIS and/or EPAS accreditation.

The seminars will be led by Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, EFMD Quality Services Director and Prof. Christian Delporte, EFMD Business Schools Services Director.

Registration for the seminars will be online shortly. if you would like to provisionally reserve a place you can email Veronique Roumans.

Find out more about EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF.

EFMD's Global Focus - See the Future

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This is the 21st issue of the magazine since it was launched in January 2007, so we can, to some extent, claim that Global Focus has “come of age”.

Global Focus was conceived as a way of improving communication between the EFMD and its members. But it was always regarded as something rather more sophisticated than a simple PR tool. It was seen as a forum for lively debate and information on the major current issues of management education and a way for EFMD to formulate, consolidate and share policy on the basis of its European underpinning and its increasingly global outreach and vision.

It has played a full part in the work of EFMD, publicising and reporting on meetings and conferences and providing background briefings and interviews with key speakers as well as, for example, explaining the development of policy in key areas such as accreditation.The seven years covered by these 21 issues have, of course, been among the most volatile and disruptive in the long history of management education. And their effects have yet to become totally apparent.

Global Focus has worked hard to keep up with these developments though a wide range of articles and features that particularly address the key issues facing EFMD member organisations. Many of the sector’s best-known and most effective thinkers and players have contributed articles or shared their thoughts in interviews.

The latest issue is no exception and features:

  • The future is out there
    Andrew Crisp reports on a major new study that explores the future challenges facing business schools

  • International Deans’ Programme 2014
    Gain unique insights into the multiple roles of deans of business and management schools in a cohort of around 20 participants from around the globe

  • Preparing leaders for tomorrow’s businesses
    The world is changing so fundamentally that business leaders who act as if the old rules still apply will find themselves and their organisations side lined or overtaken completely. However, say Thomas Malnight and Tracey Keys, those who adapt to this new world will be well placed to make the most of the opportunities it will offer

  • Moving on from Rio
    Last year’s Rio+20 UN summit may have been something of a disappointment but there were still some significant and positive outcomes say Anthony Buono, Jean-Christophe Carteron and Matthew Gitsham

  • Coping with complexity
    Personal resilience is an increasingly necessary tool to face the stress of a complex work environment. Fiona Dent and Viki Holton describe what it is and how to attain it

  • Employers still in love with MBAs
    Management education is increasingly valued by companies worldwide, according to the 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey. Christophe Lejeune and Michelle Sparkman Renz report

  • The disappearing classroom
    Michael Desiderio describes how new technology is knocking down the walls of the Executive MBA for business leaders

  • PhDs and DBAs: two sides of the same coin?
    Laura Maguire, Elena Revilla and Angel Diaz look at the differences (and even more the similarities) between the traditional PhD programme and the newer Doctor of Business Administration

  • The IMPM innovations and teaching approach
    The International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) programme is 18 years old but continues to be seen as one the world’s most innovative senior management degree programmes. Leslie Breitner and Dora Koop explain how the programme has retained its freshness for so long

  • Accreditation – how to get it right
    María Helena Jaén outlines how to make the accreditation process as pain-free and rewarding as possible

  • Walking the talk: managing a management school
    It is one of the oldest and most common complaints – management schools are great at giving good advice to others but themselves rarely practise the management skills they preach. But it can be done. Loick Roche and Sabine Lauria explain how

  • ACE project offers new opportunities
    The new EFMD-backed Alliance of Chinese and European business schools (ACE) offers new opportunities for mutual understanding and increased co-operation says Martine Plompen

  • Soft skills in the business and personal world
    George Pennington provides a psychologist’s perspective on why training in soft skills is vital for business (and personal) life

  • Planting the seeds of change
    Lea Stadtler and Gilbert Probst describe how the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange came into being and the lessons it holds

  • More EQUAL than others?
    The European Quality Link (EQUAL) is one of the less well-known bodies in which EFMD is involved but is also one of the most innovative and long-standing. Irina Sennikova explains its role

Every issue of Global Focus is available digitially via this link.

We are always pleased to hear your thoughts on Global Focus, and ideas on what you would like to see in future issues. Please address comments and ideas to Matthew Wood at EFMD: matthew.wood@efmd.org

EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to McGill University

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EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to McGill University

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Canada who have recently been awarded EQUIS accreditation. The faculty and management at Desautels are commended for their commitment to excellence.

equis2013EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Canada who have recently been awarded EQUIS accreditation. This takes the number of accredited schools to 142 across 39 countries.

“Over the past years, the Desautels Faculty of Management has undergone a significant transformation, such as the redesign and creation of innovative international programs, the expansion of the professoriate, significant investments in career services, and major building renovations, just to name a few. Our students are truly among the very best in the world and our alumni continue to have a hugely positive influence in both business and society around the globe. We want to build on these strengths to become a top-10 business school in the world by 2020. The strategic review process required by EQUIS has helped our Faculty solidify the objectives and strategies that will help us get there,” said Prof. Peter Todd, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Service added, "We are delighted to welcome the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University into the global community of EQUIS accredited schools. Accreditation from EFMD is one of the best and most complete ways to certify the quality of a business school as accreditation involves an extensive self-assessment by the school, the visit of an international review team who spend several days interviewing many different people in the School, and finally a very experienced jury evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and the faculty and management at Desautels are commended for their commitment to excellence.

There is a wide mis-conception that accreditation is about box ticking and conforming to certain standards but this is completely off the mark with accreditation from EFMD. EQUIS is about excellence and continuous quality improvement linked to the strategy, vision and leadership of the business school. It is also forward looking and helps a school set a quality agenda for the future. None of the rankings, stars, Palmes, voting systems, referrals etc come close to the quality assessment process involved in going through EQUIS accreditation. If you are a student, parent, recruiter or have an interest in business education then the first and most important credential to look for in a school is does it have accreditation from EFMD."

The benefits of accreditation include:

  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Become part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc
  • International Legitimacy vis-a-vis - recruiting international students; creating double degree partnerships; forming international exchange relationships; recruiting executive development custom programme clients; recruiting new faculty
EQUIS is not primarily focused on the MBA or any other specific programme as its scope covers all of programmes offered by an institution from the first degree up to the Ph.D. Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation. With companies recruiting worldwide, with students choosing to get their education outside their home countries, and with schools building alliances across borders and continents, there is a rapidly growing need for them to be able to identify those institutions in other countries that deliver high quality education in international management. EQUIS also believes that business schools should be as closely connected to the real world of business as schools of medicine are to working hospitals. There must be a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills and fosters a students sense of global responsibility.

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

EFMD Open House - Quality Services Information Session - Cape Town

stellenbosh1EFMD is organising a Quality Services Information Session in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School. The session will be given by Professor Michael Osbaldeston, Director of Quality Services, EFMD.

The EFMD Open House - Quality Services Information Session will take place on Friday, 2 August 2013.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about EFMD and its activities around the world.

equisepasedafdiagram-1The session is designed for institutions that have little or no knowledge of the EFMD global network and its quality services porfolio. The information session will provide a basic introduction to  EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development system) and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. Special emphasis will be put on two of EFMD’s systems: EPAS and EDAF. The information session will be relevant for Business School Deans or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, accreditation and development.

After the information session, participants will have ample time for questions and also have the opportunity to discuss individually the services which EFMD offers. If you wish to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Professor Osbaldeston in the afternoon of the 2 August please contact marielle.vanrenterghem@efmd.org. This is highly recommended for any School that is considering applying for EFMD accreditation or development systems and the extra knowledge acquired during the session will be helpful in this process.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore EFMD and its accreditation and mentoring systems. The programme of the session, practical information and online registration form is available here. Find out more about the EDAF, EPAS & EQUIS.

EFMD Annual Conference: Does Management Education Create Impact?

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EFMD’s 2013 Annual Conference

We invite you to join us in Brussels from 9-11 June for the occasion of EFMD’s 2013 Annual Conference. See how top-level speakers from business schools and companies from all over the globe answer the question: “Does Management Education Create Impact?” 

ac2013Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Howard Lurie, Vice President for Content, edX
  • David A. Wilson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Graduate Management Admission Council
  • Soumitra Dutta, Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Two sets of breakout sessions will give you the occasion to explore and discuss the following topics:

  • Research
    Mark Jenkins, Director of Research, Cranfield School of Management, UK

  • Executive Education & Corporate Universities
    Philip Healey, Regional Director Belgium, Center for Creative Leadership, BE
    David Jestaz, Director, Corporate University, EDF Group, FR

  • Sustainable Business Strategies to Create Wealth from Less Resources
    Walter R. Stahel, Founder-Director, Product-Life Institute, CH
    Jonathan T. Scott, Senior Lecturer (Chair of Management); Founder and Director, Center for Industrial Productivity and Sustainability, Kozminski University, PL

  • EFMD Accreditation Portfolio
    Chris Greensted, Christian Delporte and Ulrich Hommel, Senior Advisors, Quality Services, EFMD.

The conference will be chaired by Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean of Vlerick Business School and confirmed plenary speakers include:

Please sign up by May 6th to benefit from an advantageous fee. More information about the conference is available via the EFMD website.

We hope to see you in Brussels in June!

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EFMD Introduces Broader Coverage of Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability to EQUIS

equis2013The 2013 edition of the EQUIS documents for the first time broadly recognizes the role of business schools as ‘globally responsible citizens’ and as advocates of ethical and sustainable behavior in business and society. ‘Ethics, Responsibility & Sustainability (E∙R∙S)’ has been added as a transversal feature to the EQUIS system implying that these aspects are now covered throughout the EQUIS Standards & Criteria (S&C) – with a dedicated chapter (replacing the chapter on ‘Contributions to the Community’) as well as sections in most other chapters. E∙R∙S is therefore positioned in the same way as ‘Internationalization’ and ‘Corporate Connections’ (see Figure).

Figure: The EQUIS Criteria Framework
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The approach adopted by EFMD reflects the belief that E∙R∙S is relevant for every aspect of business school management and operations. The starting point for business schools should be to reflect on the role of E∙R∙S in mission, vision and strategy (EQUIS S&C, chapter 1). The adopted strategy should be backed up with clearly defined objectives, specific milestones and adequate resource support. It is further assumed that the strategy is broadly communicated to the various stakeholder groups.

Business schools should integrate E∙R∙S into their educational offerings, which include degree programmes (EQUIS S&C, chapter 2) and non-degree executive education (EQUIS S&C, chapter 6). Reporting should differentiate between offerings dedicated to E∙R∙S and coverage in other programmes. In the case of degree programmes, detailed information should be provided on how E∙R∙S is integrated in programme design, delivery and assessment. It is certainly expected that applicant schools have moved beyond the still widely used approach of simply tagging on an E∙R∙S module to the curriculum with no obvious connection to the programme core. In addition, E∙R∙S should be linked to all facets of student management, which includes recruitment, admissions, scholarships and awards, diversity management, personal development as well as support provided for (extra-) curricular student engagement (EQUIS S&C, chapter 3).

The new standard will challenge business schools to reflect on how E∙R∙S can be mapped into faculty management (EQUIS S&C, chapter 4) and how faculty can be encouraged to integrate E∙R∙S into research & development (EQUIS S&C, chapter 5). Applicants should also present evidence that they are actively contributing to the ethical, responsible and sustainable development of businesses and business practices (EQUIS S&C, chapter 10). Explicit policies should be in place to ensure that E∙R∙S is firmly embedded in the School’s infrastructure management, operations, and administration (EQUIS S&C, chapter 7).

A transversal chapter dedicated to E∙R∙S (EQUIS S&C, chapter 9) represents the anchor of the new standard. It gives Schools the opportunity to summarize their E∙R∙S-related achievements and to report on their contributions to the ethical, responsible and sustainable development of local as well as global communities.

The revised EQUIS documents are operational as of now. Schools in process must ensure that they comply with all E∙R∙S-related changes, which also includes an additional section in the EQUIS data sheet and revised information requirements for the Self-Assessment Report and the Base Room.

Given the holistic nature of the EQUIS framework and the emphasis placed on diversity, business schools will have considerable degrees of freedom in complying with the E∙R∙S standard. The introduction of E∙R∙S should therefore not be misinterpreted as a fundamental questioning of management education as practiced by most business schools today.

In recent years, many EFMD member institutions have adjusted their educational offerings, their research foci and in some cases even their strategic development trajectories to address issues such as global warming, unethical behavior of high-profile managers and business practices perceived to be socially irresponsible. These achievements have largely escaped public attention. With the revised EQUIS framework, business schools are given a more explicit opportunity to document their multi-faceted contributions to E∙R∙S and to achieve recognition for embracing their wider role in society.

If you have any questions or require further details on EQUIS please contact us via equis@efmd.org

EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF as a Quality Portfolio

equisepasedafdiagram-1The Quality Services Department at EFMD has provided accreditation services over the past 15 years. These services have the aim of improving management education in Higher Education institutions by establishing internationally agreed standards and assessing institutions against them. Institutions deemed to meet the standards are accredited and thus gain international recognition. EFMD accreditation is recognised worldwide by potential students, employers, other clients, and the media (often being a pre-requisite for entry to rankings). It is the process of striving to meet these standards that leads to quality improvement. The accreditation process is well established and consists of self-reflection and peer review followed by recommendations for improvement and, where appropriate, accreditation.

Beginning in 1997, the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) was designed to assess the quality of a business school holistically and to grant accreditation to those that met its exacting standards. These standards cover the school’s governance and strategy, its resources, its faculty and their intellectual activity, its degree programmes and students, executive education and the school’s international focus on the business world. It should be noted that the EQUIS approach is rooted in respect for diversity and EQUIS therefore does not believe in “one best model” for a business school.

In recognition of the fact there are many excellent programmes offered in schools that may not yet be able to achieve EQUIS accreditation, in 2005 EFMD launched the EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS). This is designed to assess in depth the design, delivery and graduate output of any business and/or management degree programme. Such programmes would normally be offered by a business school but EPAS also recognises that many other types of organisations offer business related programmes such as degrees in health or engineering management.

Because of the fact that EQUIS and EPAS between them can only touch maybe 500 schools which is a very small, and top end, proportion of the business schools community, EFMD launched EFMD Deans across Frontiers (EDAF) in 2011. This is a service designed to assist the management of business schools at any stage of their evolution to develop their institution further. By peer review, EDAF evaluates where the institution is currently positioned with respect to its key strategic objectives and it makes recommendations for improvements. EDAF then provides a 3-year mentoring process to assist the institution’s management to achieve its goals, which may include eventual accreditation.qsbrochurecover

The Quality Services Portfolio
The three systems (EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF) are now designed as a portfolio. Each of them is a free-standing quality improvement process dealing with different aspects of an institution. However they are also linked as a potential pathway between systems. For example an institution entering EDAF may either use it as part of its development trajectory or to aim in due course for EPAS accreditation for one or more of its programmes, or perhaps to achieve EQUIS. On request EDAF can provide a gap analysis on the key areas requiring improvement in order to achieve an accreditation.

An institution entering EPAS may just be seeking programme accreditation or it may use it to develop its range of programmes before aiming for EQUIS and it too can receive advice on its readiness for EQUIS as part of the EPAS process (EQUIS gap analysis). Alternatively an EPAS school could instead use the EDAF process to assist it to evaluate its gap to EQUIS accreditation and to receive guidance through mentoring to achieve its goal. In principle an EQUIS school might even wish to have one of its programmes, eg its doctoral programme, reviewed in depth by EPAS. However, this would require a change in the policy agreed by the EFMD membership some time ago that EQUIS schools should not be permitted to undergo EPAS.

Finally EQUIS and EPAS member schools (as part of their own social responsibility) are particularly welcome to sponsor EDAF schools in terms of supplying advisors and mentors and/or funding some of the EDAF costs. With this structure, EFMD and Quality Services offer a coherent portfolio of improvement and development services which are open to the full quality spectrum of business schools or institutions. For further information go to www.efmd.org

Chris Greensted is a Senior Advisor at EFMD. This post is taken from a recent Global Focus article "Peak Performance". The new Quality Services Portfolio Brochure is available here.

What does the future hold for academic research?

imagesMost deans of leading business schools would agree that being a top-performing faculty member is synonymous with being a top researcher. The production of widely cited A-level articles has become the core ingredient for a successful academic career, leading to peer recognition, tenure and ever-larger pecuniary rewards in the form of higher base salaries and bonuses.

At the same time, though, many practitioners would argue that the way academics are conducting research is the very essence of what is wrong with business schools today. They claim that research methodologies and outcomes are too often detached from the realities of managing enterprises and that researchers lack the motivation as well as all too often the ability to credibly surpass Andrew Pettigrew’s double hurdle of generating academically meaningful as well as practically relevant knowledge.

What is particularly worrying about this long-standing debate is the apparent unresponsiveness of the business school community, which continues to operate in the “we know best” mode. Business schools are facing environmental dynamics that will eventually make change inevitable. PhD programmes are not producing enough graduates to fulfil the hiring needs of a rapidly growing sector. Market entry by non-research for-profit providers will produce additional challenges to a system where business schools are using a large part of their resources to support a seemingly zero-return activity. There are effectively two pieces to the puzzle.

Researchers argue that they are, above all, writers seeking recognition from their peers. In contrast, communication experts claim that business schools need to improve on their customer orientation. They should produce research that meets the real needs of their stakeholders in terms of content and packaging.

Building a bridge between these two positions is not impossible. Business schools are currently operating based on model where researchers are drifting like particles in institutional space, where they have complete freedom to interact with other particles within or across institutional boundaries and where they eventually release output that is measured by a centuries-old metric.

But why not define academic research as a starting point of an innovation chain? It would allow researchers to focus on what they know best, the production of peer-reviewed articles. It would also, however, introduce the research outcomes into a refinement process that leads to spin-off outputs such as case studies, podcasts,  business simulations, policy position papers, open source e-learning content and interactive communication with corporate partners.

Embedding researchers into vertical innovation chains might also foster mutual learning with practitioners, which will affect the direction of research \and thereby address the main criticism of the corporate world.

In sum, business schools should reflect on how to organise their research activities better in order to justify the significant resource commitments. Laissez faire, with some moderation using a system of external, peer-based controls, has so far not enabled them to pass the double hurdle test. Existing research capabilities could possibly be made better us of by reversing the atomisation of research production and by creating support structures for top researchers.

Proceeding on this line must and should not infringe on the academic freedom of the individual researcher as since this would probably lead to harmful feedback effects in terms of research quality and productivity. However, business schools should attempt to break open their research silos and let the wider community that surrounds them participate in the benefits of their knowledge-generation activities.

Ulrich Hommel, Director of Research & Surveys at EFMD

2013 EFMD MENA Conference - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

2013 EFMD MENA Conference - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

We are delighted to invite you to the 2013 EFMD Conference in the MENA Region hosted by the Abu Dhabi University and sponsored by GMAC® in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the 14-16 April 2013.

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Business Schools in the MENA Region - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

The EFMD MENA conference is one of the most important management education events in the region and brings together business schools, companies, NGOs and the private sector to share and exchange ideas and best practice examples. More specifically it addresses ongoing trends in management education inside and outside of the MENA Region and promotes an active debate between regional actors and participants from other regions of the world.

Topics such as business education for employment, family business and succession planning, the role of business schools in preparing entrepreneurs for the region, research, managing country risk perception, executive education, alumni engagement and the role of international campuses will be discussed, with the contribution of leading academics and business representatives from the MENA Region, North America and Europe.

As well as the conference there will be an EFMD Quality Services Seminar that will provide information on EQUIS & EPAS accreditation and the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development system (EDAF). The seminar will take place on Sunday 14 April just before the conference starts and requires a separate registration (which can be done through the same link as the conference, by choosing the option "I will attend the EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF Seminar on Sunday 14 April").

If you and your school are interested in participating in the conference and seminars, please register by visiting the conference webpage: www.efmd.org/mena. If you have any additional questions you can contact Inês Proença (ines.proenca@efmd.org).

Finally, do not hesitate to pass on this invitation to your colleagues who might be interested in attending.

EFMD Quality Services Seminars in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Moscow & Beijing

equis-epas-edafThe information sessions will provide an introduction to EFMD and the international network  as well as providing information on EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers mentoring system) and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. The sessions will be relevant for Business School Deans and / or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, events, seminars, and specifically about accreditation and mentoring.

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More information on all of the events is available on the EFMD website or please email info@efmd.org if you have any question or require further information.

Join us for an EFMD Quality Services Information Session in Moscow

equis-epas-edafEFMD will be organizing a Quality Services Information Session in Moscow on Thursday 29 November 2012, hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School. The session is given by Professor Christian Delporte, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD.

The session is designed for institutions that want to learn more about EFMD, its accreditations and other quality services and will provide a basic introduction to EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers mentoring system) systems and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. Special emphasis will be put on two of EFMD’s systems: EPAS and DAF. The information session will be relevant for Business School Deans or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, accreditation and mentoring.

After the information session, participants will have ample time for questions and also have the opportunity to discuss individually the services, which EFMD offers. If you wish to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Professor Christian Delporte in the afternoon of the 29th, please contact magdalena.wanot@efmd.org. This is highly recommended for any School that is considering to apply for EFMD accreditation or mentoring systems and the extra knowledge acquired during the session might be helpful in this process.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore EFMD and its accreditation and mentoring systems: EPAS and DAF. The programme of the session, practical information and online registration form is available here. Find out more about the Deans Across Frontiers programme (EDAF), EPAS & EQUIS.

If you have any question or would like further information please contact magdalena.wanot@efmd.org.

Latest updates available to the EQUIS & EPAS Quality Documents

epasequisThe Quality Services Office is happy to present the 2012 version of the EQUIS and EPAS Documents. Every year the Quality Services Department revises its documentation to improve the quality of its accreditation services. The revision includes changes to:

-    EQUIS Standards and Criteria
-    EQUIS Process Manual
-    EQUIS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Process Manual
-    EPAS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Standards and Criteria

Some of the key changes are:

•    A new annex on the provision of the distance learning programmes (EPAS)
•    Fundamental changes to the EPAS Doctoral criteria (EPAS)
•    A strengthening of aspects of academic learning (EPAS)
•    Revised Peer Review Visit Schedule Templates (EQUIS and EPAS)
•    Many minor improvements in the accreditation process (EQUIS and EPAS)

A new re-accreditation procedure for EQUIS Schools that received 5 year accreditation three consecutive times is currently being fine tuned. Since it will only be of application for the first time to a few schools in their reviews in 2013, it will be published as a separate document in March 2012. After this pilot testing, it will be incorporated to the EQUIS Process Manual in 2013.

For more detailed information, please consult the relevant lists of changes and the new versions of the documents on our website. Schools are advised to use the most recent version of the documents when preparing for the next step in the accreditation process.

EFMD launches EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers

EDAF logo13-LREFMD Deans Across Frontiers (EDAF) aims to assist Business Schools to develop further through mentoring of the institution’s Senior Management Team. DAF is the third service offered by the EFMD Quality Services Department that complements EQUIS and EPAS and as with the accreditation systems, the school will undergo a Self-Assessment and Peer Review Process. Following the assessment by the Peer Review Team, the School will benefit for a three-year period of mentoring by an experienced former Dean and will progress towards defined development objectives. The EFMD will assure the effectiveness of the process through systematic progress tracking.

EFMD has a mission to promote excellence in business and management education worldwide. This is partly fulfilled by its existing accreditation systems, EQUIS and EPAS, which are aimed at the very top schools. However, EFMD also has a social responsibility to support all levels of schools, whether they be members of EFMD or not. The launch of EFMD Deans Across Frontiers is the response to this need. Fees are charged for DAF but applications are invited for full or partial-funding scholarships on a case-by-case needs basis.

The spirit of DAF and especially the relationship between mentor and institution is one of mutual cooperation and learning.  The mentoring and evaluation of a School has to consider the educational, cultural and political environment in which the institution operates and to relate it to a wider international context. It is not the intention of DAF to promote any particular model of Business School, but to give contextualised assistance or advice.

The EDAF Committee convened for the first time on 18 October and the system was presented in November at the EFMD Africa Conference in Cape Town and the EFMD MENA conference in Casablanca.

The pilot phase has now been officially launched and the EDAF office is happy to receive applications. As DAF is still at an early stage of development, individuals and institutions are invited to become involved with EDAF as mentor, reviewer, donor or godfather institution.

If you are interested in DAF or have any questions please email edaf@efmdglobal.org

Join us for EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Casablanca, Morocco

On 15 November and 16 November, EFMD is organising EPAS and EQUIS Accreditation seminars just after the EFMD conference in the MENA Region in Casablanca (Host: ESCA- Ecole de Management). The seminars will be led by two highly experienced accreditation directors at EFMD.

The seminars are designed for institutions considering applying for EPAS (the EFMD Programme accreditation system) or EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System – whole school accreditation) or for those already holding active eligibility in either system. The aim of the seminars is to give participants a deeper understanding of the EPAS or EQUIS accreditation systems. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to go through these accreditation exercises and the extra insights gained from the seminars might make all the difference towards achieving successful accreditation.

The seminars will cover the following areas:

•    The interpretation and practical application of the EPAS / EQUIS Standards and Criteria
•    Understanding the process as explained in the EPAS / EQUIS Manuals and Application Datasheets
•    The use of the key stages of the EPAS / EQUIS Accreditation processes for quality improvement
•    The preparation of an effective and informative Self-Assessment Report
•    The optimal timing of the EPAS / EQUIS Accreditation process

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to find out more about EPAS or EQUIS accreditation and the value it can bring to your school. Registrations are open and places are limited. Sign up for both seminars and profit from a reduced fee.

For more information on the accreditations processes visit - EPAS and EQUIS.

Accreditation, a key issue for management schools

"Avant tout, il faut comprendre que nous ne sommes pas dans une logique de sanction, souligne Eric Cornuel, directeur général de l’EFMD (lire ci-contre), qui délivre le label Equis à 18 institutions en France et 129 dans le monde (dont 30 % hors Europe). Notre objectif est d’être des vecteurs de progrès pour les institutions."

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Sasin earns US and EU accreditation

equis_logo The Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University has become the only higher learning institution to earn both US and European accreditation. In December, it was accredited with EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)......... "Regarding the European accreditation, the emphasis of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is more on practicality as the EFMD consists of both business and academic interests." + More // The Nation

Pinnacle of Sasin's Pride - 2011 EFMD Awards Ceremony