EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 17 Sep 15 07:00
And will end on: 18 Sep 15 15:00

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.

Participants need to use the online preregistration form if they wish to attend the seminar. Following receipt of participant details, the EPAS office will send an email informing whether the registration will be accepted.

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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

Thursday, 17 September 2015
09:00 – 09:15 Registration/Coffee
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome & Introduction
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 the Peer Review Teams and the EPAS Accreditation Board
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 EPAS Standards and Criteria (continued)
11:45 – 12:30 What distinguishes a good from a poor Datasheet?
  • Process management
  • Writing style
  • Issues to look out for / Reservations
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 How to prepare a good Self-Assessment Report (SAR):
  • SAR Planning
  • Data management
  • Stakeholder management
15:30 – 18:00 Distribution of sample Self-Assessment Report for self-study
Allocation of groups
Reading time
19:30 Networking Dinner
Restaurant “Dolce Amaro”
Chaussée de Charleroi, 115 - 1060 Brussels (T: +32-2-538 17 00)


Friday, 18 September 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 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 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 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Post-accreditation: Continuous Improvement and progress reporting
14:30 – 15:15 The accreditation experience from a School’s perspective:
University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK
15:10 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 The accreditation experience from a School’s perspective:
Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
16:15 – 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 (4th floor)
1050 Brussels - Belgium

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

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).

3. RegistrationTop

Please use the online pre-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. 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 7 September 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.

4. AccommodationTop

Recommended Hotel (at 8' 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 31 August 2015 (the link will be provided in the final 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 16-19 September:

  • 16th & 17th September: The Classic room is at 155 € per night, including breakfast.
  • 18th September: The Classic room is at 79 € per night, including breakfast.
Other hotels in the area:
5. DinnerTop

Participants who register for the EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar are invited to join the networking dinner on Thursday, 17 September 2015. The meeting point will be the Lobby of the Hotel Four Points by Sheraton at 19:00.

6. Getting to EFMDTop

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