EFMD would like to warmly congratulate Université de Liège - HEC Management School in Belgium, Beijing Normal University Business School in China, Burgundy School of Business at the Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne & Ecole de Management de Normandie in France, and finally College of Business Administration at the Abu Dhabi University in United Arab Emirates which have just been awarded EQUIS business school accreditation.
This takes the number of accredited schools to 167 across 41 countries and brings on a new country to the pool of EQUIS accredited schools - United Arab Emirates.
Adrian Hopgood, Director General & Dean at HEC Liège – Management School, University of Liège, said: "We are delighted to receive the EQUIS accreditation. I would like to express my thanks to the University of Liège and to the members and stakeholders of HEC Liège - the Management School of the University of Liège. Everyone has committed themselves to this process with determination, and this accreditation is the result of the work done. The EQUIS award is a recognition of the quality of teaching and research at HEC Liège. It also recognizes our engagement at an international level, balanced with a positive impact on the profile of Liège and its region. This award puts our School in pole position to continue its progress along the path of continuous improvement".
Stéphan Bourcieu, the Dean of Burgundy School of Business, added: "Our EQUIS accreditation is the achievement of a strong quality improvement process. Thanks to the strong involvment of our Team and the support from the EFMD Staff, our School has dramatically changed during the process. This great recognition will help us become more competitive and attractive on our national and international market".
"After gaining EPAS and AACSB, aiming for EQUIS was a critical move to increase both the reputation and profile of EM Normandie and its programmes. This is a prestige label that bears evidence of the quality of the School itself and the relevance of its strategy. The School will thus benefit from a mighty competitive advantage in France and abroad to forge ahead and serve its students and its professional and institutional partners. EQUIS will also help in recruiting high potential international lecturers and developing new partnership agreements with similarly accredited institutions. At the end of the day, such an accreditation enhances the degrees we award and is bound to contribute to an even better professional insertion of our graduates,” declared Jean-Guy Bernard, Director General at Ecole de Management de Normandie.
“Accomplishing EQUIS accreditation is a key milestone in the evolution of the College of Business at Abu Dhabi University. This is a critical step toward achieving its vision to be the business school of choice in the UAE. The vision to be the College of Choice is a substantial achievement when we consider the short 13 year history of the our College of Business in a country that has more than 100 business schools from around the world,” said Jacob Chacko, Dean at College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University. “By benchmarking with the best business schools worldwide, we deliver high quality business programs that are innovative and are aligned to national priorities. Being the first business school in the GCC to earn EQUIS accreditation not only validates the quality of our business programs but also endorses our international focus and close collaboration with corporate and organizational partners. EQUIS accreditation will help the College of Business enhance its network of business schools partners worldwide,” he added.
Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: "We are delighted to welcome five new schools into the community of EQUIS accredited schools and one of them representing a new coutry - United Arab Emirates. The EQUIS community includes now 167 institutions from 41 countries worldwide. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against a set of international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality.”
The list of reaccredited schools is available here.
More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis