EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 18 Feb 15 08:00
And will end on: 19 Feb 15 16:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium


The EQUIS Team is offering a new accreditation seminar format in 2015, the EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar. While our other offerings serve informational purposes, this seminar follows an executive education format. It 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.

Target Group
The 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.
FULLY BOOKED. Registration is now closed.

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



  • Michael Osbaldeston, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Ulrich Hommel, Associate Director, Quality Services and Director, Research and Surveys Unit, EFMD
  • Martin Schader, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD

Guest speakers:

  • Julia Clarke, Pro-Dean for Student Education, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
  • Udo Steffens, President, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
9:00 – 9:15 Registration/Coffee
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 Awarding Body
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 Awarding Body
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 How to prepare a Datasheet:
  • Process management
  • Writing style
  • Eligibility criteria and Committee decision making
  • Communication with the EQUIS Office
14:30 – 16:30 Group work: What distinguishes a good from a poor datasheet?
  • Issues to look out for
  • Analyses of examples
16:30 – 17:30 Feedback (a mock EQUIS Committee)
  Distribution of sample Self-Assessment Report for self-study
Reading time, Free time for participants to return to the hotel
19:30 Networking Dinner


Thursday, 19 February 2015
9:00 – 09:45 How to prepare a good Self-Assessment Report (SAR):
  • SAR Planning
  • Data management, stakeholder management?
09:45 – 11:15 Working groups in session
  • How to distinguish a good from a bad SAR?
11:15 – 12:00 Debriefing of Working groups (MS)
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 – 13:00 Conclusion of the process: The PRV and the AB decision
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 EQUIS as an agent for change and quality improvement: the accreditation experience from a School’s perspective
Guest speakers:
  • Peter Moizer, Dean, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
  • Udo Steffens, President, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00 Conclusion, Evaluation… and Q&A
  • The 10 rules for a successful accreditation process

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Fees and Payment
  3. Registration
  4. Accommodation
  5. Dinner
  6. Getting to EFMD
1. Venue

rue Gachard 88,
1050 Brussels 
(4th floor)

2. Participation FeeTop
  • Single Rate
    • 1.500€ (21% VAT included) FULL members of EFMD
    • 1.800€ (21% VAT included) AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 2.100€ (21% VAT included) non 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).

Cancellation Policy for fees Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 8 February 2015, a cancellation administrative fee of 90,75€ (21% VAT included) 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. RegistrationTop

Please use the appropriate online registration form to register. 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.
Fully booked. Registration is now closed.

4. AccommodationTop

Recommended Hotel (at 8' walking distance from EFMD)

Rue Paul Spaak 15
1000 Brussels, Belgium
T +32 2 645 61 11
F +32 2 646 63 44

Please use the Hotel registration form to get the EFMD group rate available until 26 January 2015.
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 17-20 February:

  • 139€ per room per night in single occupancy (breakfast & taxes included)
Other hotels in the area:
5. DinnerTop

Participants who register for the EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar are invited to join the networking dinner on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. The meeting point will be the Lobby of the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton at 19:15.

6. Getting to EFMDTop

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

You can book accommodation by following the link below.

hotel booking