EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 18 Apr 16 13:00
And will end on: 19 Apr 16 21:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium


The Seminar provides in-depth guidance on how to complete the different steps of the EPAS accreditation process successfully. Participants will gain detailed insights on how to compile a Self-Assessment Report, how to organise 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 EPAS documents and to let participants gain first-hand insights into the Do’s and Don’ts when managing an EPAS accreditation project.

Target group
The Seminar is targeted at institutions already awarded eligibility or accreditation. It is relevant for Accreditation Officers (EPAS Project Leaders), Deans and Associate Deans in charge of accreditations.

Participants must already possess a good working knowledge of the EPAS system, which requires at the very minimum the careful study of the EPAS documents (Standards & Criteria, Process Manual, Process Manual Annexes) before arriving in Brussels. School representatives looking for an introductory overview of the EPAS system are explicitly discouraged from registering for this seminar.


More Information



  • David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Christian Delporte, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD

Guest speakers:

  • Anna Blombäck, Associate Dean of Education, Jönköping International Business School
  • Michael Rosier, Director of International Education, University of Hertfordshire Business School

Monday, 18 April 2016

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 09:30

Welcome and Introductions

09:30 – 10:00

The nature of EPAS and its benefits for Schools going through the accreditation process

  • EPAS as part of the EFMD Quality Services portfolio
  • An overview on the EPAS process

10:00 – 10:45

EPAS Standards and Criteria
Key issues and their interpretation by Peer Review Teams and the EPAS Accreditation Board

10:45 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:00

EPAS Standards and Criteria (continued)

12:00 – 12:30

What distinguishes a good from a poor Datasheet?

  • Process management
  • Writing style
  • Issues to look out for / Reservations

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

How to prepare a good Self-Assessment Report (SAR):

  • SAR planning
  • Data management
  • Stakeholder management

14:30 – 15:30

Distribution of sample Self-Assessment Report for self-study
Allocation of groups
Reading time

15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 17:00

Continue with Self-Assessment Report


Networking Dinner

Tuesday, 19 April 2015

08:30 – 09:30

Working Groups in session

  • How to distinguish a good from a poor SAR?

09:30 - 11:00

Debriefing of Working Groups

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:00

How to prepare an effective Peer Review Visit (PRV):

  • Stakeholder briefing and debriefing
  • Mock Peer Reviews
  • Peer Reviewer management
  • Visit schedule preparation
  • Base Room preparation

12:00 – 12:30

Conclusion of the process: The PRV and the Accreditation Board decision

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:00

Post-accreditation: Continuous improvement and progress reporting

14:00 – 15:00

The accreditation experience from a School’s perspective

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 16:15

The accreditation experience from a School’s perspective

16:15 – 17:00

Conclusion, Evaluation and Q&A

  • 10 Tips for a successful accreditation process

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Registration
  3. Fees and Payment
  4. Accommodation
  5. Dinner
  6. Direction
  7. Tourism
  8. Useful Links
1. Venue

rue Gachard 88 (4th floor)
1050 Brussels - Belgium

2. Registration Top

Participants should address an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they wish to attend the Seminar. Following receipt of participant and school details, the EPAS office will send an email informing whether the registration has been accepted.

A maximum of 25 participants will be admitted to the Seminar in order to enable close interaction with the Seminar leaders and speakers. Registration will close as soon as this number has been reached. Normally, a maximum of two representatives from the same institution will be admitted to this Seminar.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 4 April 2016, a cancellation administrative fee of 90,75€ (75€ + 21% VAT) will be charged. Thereafter, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases, substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.

3. Fees and payment Top
    • 1.815€ (1.500€ + 21% VAT) EFMD FULL Members
    • 2.178€ (1.800€ + 21% VAT) AFFILIATED Members of EFMD

Fees cover attendance of the Seminar, documentation, meals and refreshments, but do NOT include hotel accommodation. Hotel fees are to be paid to the different hotels upon departure (please refer to the Hotel Information Section below for more details).

4. Accommodation Top

Recommended Hotel (at 8 mn walking distance from EFMD):

Rue Paul Spaak 15
1000 Brussels, Belgium
T +32 2 645 61 11

Please use the Hotel registration form to get the EFMD group rate available until 25 March 2016 (the link will be provided in the registration form).
Accommodation is not included in the Seminar participation fee. The EFMD preferential rate with the Four Points by Sheraton Brussels for this event is for the nights of 17-19 April:

17 April 2016 à 79 € in single occupancy / 94 € in double occupancy
18 April 2016 à 145 € in single occupancy / 160 € in double occupancy
19 April 2016 à 145 € in single occupancy / 160 € in double occupancy

Rates include breakfast & the VAT.
City tax is not included – supplement of 7, 15 € per room per night.

Other hotels in the area:

5. Dinner Top

Participants who register for the EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar are invited to join the networking dinner on Monday, 18 April 2016. The meeting point will be the Lobby of the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton at 18:50.

6. Direction Top

Directions and travel times to EFMD Office (Map)
Average travel times to EFMD office: (Rue Gachard 88, 1050 Brussels)

  • from Zaventem national airport by taxi: 25-50 min
  • from Zaventem national airport by public transportation: 50-70 min (trains from airport to Brussels Midi station or Central station every 15-20 min)
  • from train station Gare du Midi or Gare Centrale by taxi: 15-30 min
  • from train station Gare du Midi or Gare Centrale by public transportation: 20-40 min
7. Tourism Top

Thinking of a trip in the area after the Seminar?

Brussels Tourist Office:
Promotion du Tourisme Wallonie - Bruxelles
Rue du Marché aux Herbes 61
1000 Bruxelles
Tel + 32 (0)2 504 03 90

8. Useful LinksTop

Brussels airport
Brussels Public Transport
Wallonia Tourism information
Flanders Tourism information
Brussels Tourism information
Brussels weather forecast
Belgian railway