NBEAC-HEC)On 27-28 June 2016, EFMD International Projects team organised an International Training workshop on Quality and International Accreditation for five Pakistani business schools (FAST School of Management NUCES_FAST (Islamabad), Bahria University (Islamabad), SZABIST (Karachi), School of Business and Economics of the University of Management and Technology (Lahore) and Lahore University of Management Sciences and the National Business Education Accreditation Council (
The 2-days workshop included a general presentation of EFMD accreditation services (EQUIS and EPAS) and training on the criteria and procedures, allowing the Pakistani experts to compare their national accreditation system to international quality assurance systems.
EFMD was represented by Dr. Julio Urgel, Senior Advisor, Dr. Christian Delporte and Mrs. Isabel Ramos, respectively Associate Director and Manager of the Quality Services unit, Matthew Wood, Director of Communications and Operations and Dr. Christophe Terrasse, Director of the International Projects Unit. Mrs Carole Decamps, Administrative Vice-Dean of HEC (France) concluded the seminar to provide the participants with the views and requirement of Business Schools.
Business education has a long history in Pakistan (IBA Karachi was established in 1955, LUMS counts more than 30 years of existence and UMT Lahore has been established in 1990, to name but of a few of the leading institutions) and is experiencing a rapid development in Pakistan. The best institutions in the country are currently upgrading their facilities and putting a strong emphasis on quality improvement to meet international standards.
The quality of the institutions is monitored by the State, through the NBEAC-HEC accreditation scheme. Many Pakistani Business Schools also cooperate with regional accreditation bodies, such as AMDISA (Association of Management Development Institutions in South-Asia) with its SAQS (South-Asian Quality Standards) accreditation. Some of the best Pakistani institutions are also readying themselves for international accreditations. Pakistan is currently playing an increasing role for Business Education in the region and strengthening its links with international institutions.
EFMD has a long standing cooperation with NBEAC-HEC. It has provided resources for the training of its experts and regularly participates to NBEAC events and conferences. EFMD has established a strong presence in South Asia, with 28 members, among which four in Pakistan in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Sukkur.
EFMD launched the Asia – Link project in 2006, cooperating with AMDISA to establish a regional accreditation scheme. Institutions from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh partnered in this project to launch the first South-Asian regional quality label.