EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 12 Oct 16 09:00
And will end on: 13 Oct 16 17:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium


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 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.

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

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.


More Information


Susan Hart, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
Ulrich Hommel, Director, Quality Services, EFMD

Guest speakers:
To be confirmed

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 9:30

Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 10:00

The nature of EQUIS and its benefits for schools going through the accreditation process

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

10:00 – 10:45

EQUIS Standards and Criteria (I):
Key issues and their interpretation by the Peer Review Teams and the Accreditation Board

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

EQUIS Standards and Criteria (II):
Key issues and their interpretation by the Peer Review Teams and the Accreditation Board

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

How to prepare a good Datasheet

  • Process management
  • Writing style
  • Communication with the EQUIS Office
  • Issues to look out for
  • Analyses of examples

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 16:15

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

  • SAR Planning
  • Data management
  • Stakeholder management

16:15 – 16:30

Distribution of sample Self-Assessment Report(s) and Progress Report(s) for Self-Study
Allocation of groups

16:30 – 17:00

How to prepare a good Progress Report

17:00 - 19:00

Reading time, Free time for participants to return to the hotel


Networking Dinner: Chez Oki, Rue Lesbroussart 62, 1050 Ixelles

Thursday, 13 October 2016

09:30 – 11:00

Working Groups session: SAR and Progress Reports analyses

11:00 – 12:00

Debriefing of Working Groups: SARs

12:00 – 12:30

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

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:00

Conclusion of the process: The Peer Review Report and the Accreditation Board decision

14:00 – 14:45

Debriefing of Working Groups: Progress Reports

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30

The accreditation experience from a School’s perspective (2 schools)

16:30 – 17:00

Conclusion, Evaluation… and Q&A
The 10 rules for a successful accreditation process

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Registration
  3. Fees and Payment
  4. Accommodation
  5. Direction
  6. Uselful 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 EQUIS 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. A maximum of two representatives from the same institution will be admitted to this Seminar.

Participants who register for the EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar are invited to join the networking dinner on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. The meeting point will be the Lobby of the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton at 18:50.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 3 October 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

Single Rate

  • 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 20 September 2016 (the link will be provided to you in the organiser’s confirmation mail).
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 11-14 October:

  • 145€ in single occupancy, breakfast & VAT included
  • 160€ in double occupancy, breakfast & VAT included

Please note that the city tax is not included – a supplement of 7,15€ per room per night will apply.

Other hotels in the area:

5. 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
6. Useful Links Top

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