EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 25 Jun 14 07:00
And will end on: 26 Jun 14 15:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Following its success in 2013, the EPAS Team is again offering an EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar in 2014. While our other offerings serve informational purposes, this seminar follows an executive education format. It has been designed as an enabler for, in particular, EPAS project leaders of institutions already in the process.

The seminar has been designed to provide in-depth guidance on how to complete the different stages of the EPAS accreditation process successfully. Participants will gain detailed insights on how to compile a Datasheet and 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 as well as institutions currently preparing their application for eligibility. 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



  • Christian Delporte, Associate Director, Quality Services, and Director, Business School Services, EFMD
  • Ulrich Hommel, Associate Director, Quality Services and Director, Research and Surveys Unit, EFMD

Guest speakers:

  • Stephanie J. Morgan, Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Kingston University
  • Sami Saarenketo, Vice Dean of the School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
8:45 - 9:00 Registration/Coffee
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - 9:45 The nature of EPAS and its benefits to both institutions and the programmes offered for accreditation
  • EPAS as part of the EFMD Quality Services portfolio
  • A brief overview on the EPAS process
9:45 - 10:45 EPAS Standards and Criteria: key issues and their interpretation by the Peer Review Teams and the Accreditation Board - Part I
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 EPAS Standards and Criteria: key issues and their interpretation by the Peer Review Teams and the Accreditation Board - Part II
12:00 - 12:30 How to prepare a Datasheet:
  • Process management
  • Writing style
  • Eligibility criteria and Committee decision making
  • Communication with the EPAS Office
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Group work: What distinguishes a good from a not so good datasheet?
  • Issues to look out for
  • Analyses of examples
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:15 Debriefing of working groups
17:15 - 17:45 How to prepare a good Self-Assessment Report (SAR):
  • SAR Planning
  • Data management, stakeholder management?
17:45 - 19:30 Distribution of sample Self-Assessment Report for self-study
Reading time & free time for participants to return to the hotel
19:30 Networking dinner at nearby restaurant


Thursday, 26 June 2014
09:00 - 11:00 Group work: how to distinguish a good from a not so good SAR
  • Issues to look out for
  • Analysis of a sample SAR
  • Organising the PRV
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:15 Debriefing of working groups
12:15 - 12:45 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
12:45 - 13:15 Conclusion of the process: The PRV and the Accreditation Board decision
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:15 The accreditation experience from a Schools’ perspective - Part I: Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Sami Saarenketo, Vice Dean of the School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 The accreditation experience from a Schools’ perspective - Part II: Kingston University, UK 
  • Stephanie J. Morgan, Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Kingston University
16:30 - 17:00 Conclusion, Evaluation… and Q&A
  • 10 Tips for a successful accreditation process

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Participation fee
  3. Registration
  4. Accommodation
  5. Dinner
  6. Getting to EFMD
1. Venue

EFMD, rue Gachard 88, 1050 Brussels, 4th floor.

2. Participation Fee Top
  • 750€ (21% VAT included) for EFMD Full Members
  • 900€ (21% VAT included) for EFMD Affiliated or Associated Members
  • 1.050€ (21% VAT included) for Non-Members

Fees cover attendance to the seminar(s), 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).

3. Registration Top

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.

Cancellation Policy Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 5 June 2014, 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.

4. Accommodation Top

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 3 June 2014. 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 24-27 June: 

  • 150€ per room per night in single occupancy (breakfast & taxes included)

Other Hotels in the area:
IBIS Styles Brussels Louise Hotel
Le Chatelain Hotel
Izan Avenue Louise Hotel

5. Dinner Top

Participants who register for the EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar are invited to join the networking dinner on Wednesday, 25 June 2014. Meeting point will be the Hotel Lobby of the Four Points by Sheraton at 19:15.

6. Getting to EFMD Top

Directions and travel times to EFMD Office
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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