EQUIS Accreditation Seminar

Hosted by: Manchester Business School – Americas Centre, Miami

The event will start on: 12 Nov 15 14:00
And will end on: 12 Nov 15 22:00

Location: Miami, United States

Understanding the key stages of the accreditation process 
Interpretation and practical application of the Standards and Criteria
Preparing an effective Self-Assessment Report and Peer Review Visit
Presentation of the EQUIS documents

Target group
The Seminar is targeted at institutions considering applying for accreditation and those holding active eligibility wishing to get a better understanding about the system. They will be relevant for Deans and Directors, Associate Deans, Directors of major programmes, Directors of External Relations and Accreditation Officers. Peer Reviewers are encouraged to attend as well, in order to receive an update on the most recent developments within the EFMD accreditations.

More Information


Professor Michael Osbaldeston, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
Mr. Friedemann Schulze-Fielitz, Associate Director Americas, EFMD Global Network

Guest Speaker:
Professor Claudia Quintanilla, Accreditations and Rankings Director, EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
19:30 Informal Networking Dinner (optional)


Thursday, 12 November 2015
09:00 – 09:15 Registration/Coffee
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and Introductions
09:30 - 10:30 EFMD Quality Services Portfolio
The nature of EQUIS and its benefits for schools going through the accreditation process
Introduction to the EQUIS Process
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:30 EQUIS Standards and Criteria
Key issues and their interpretation by Peer Review Teams and the EQUIS Awarding Body
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (including study time of datasheets)
13:30 – 14:30 EQUIS Process key stages: Application, Briefing Visit, Eligibility, Self-Assessment Report, Peer Review Visit, Awarding Body Decision, Continuous Improvement/Progress Reporting
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:45 How to prepare a good Datasheet (DS), a good Self-Assessment Report (SAR) and an effective Peer Review Visit (PRV)
15:45 – 16:30 The EQUIS Process as lived by a School
16:30 – 17:00 Conclusion & Open Forum

Ample time will be available during these sessions for participants to raise issues of particular concern to them.

Practical Information

  1. Venue and Welcome at the meeting
  2. Participation Fee
  3. Registration
  4. Accommodation
  5. Networking dinner
  6. Transportation
  7. Tourism and links
  8. Contacts
1. Venue and Welcome at the meeting

Participants will receive all Seminar materials and other necessary information at
Manchester Business School - Americas Centre
The University of Manchester
333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 2500
Miami, Florida 33131
United States

On Thursday, 12 November 2015 at 9:00

2. Participation FeeTop
  • € 700,00 for FULL members of EFMD
  • € 800,00 for AFFILIATED members of EFMD
  • € 900,00 for Non members of EFMD

Fees cover attendance to 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

On-line registration is available at the above link.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 31 October 2015, a cancellation administrative fee of € 90,75 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

Accommodation is not included in the Seminar participation fee.

While there are several hotels within walking distance of the Manchester Business School - Americas Centre, we recommend booking at the following hotel:

Courtyard Marriot, Miami Downtown/Brickell Area
200 SE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Do feel free to reserve space at any of the other nearby hotels should the Courtyard Marriott not be convenient for you or should they run out of space.
Some of the other hotels nearby are:

Hyatt Regency Miami
JW Marriott Marquis

Please keep in mind that will be securing a dinner location near the Manchester Business School – Americas Centre.

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5. Networking dinner on Wednesday, 11 November 2015Top

Participants who register for the EQUIS Accreditation Seminar are invited to the networking dinner at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Location will be confirmed by e-mail closer to the Seminar date.

6. TransportationTop

Miami International Airport (MIA) to Courtyard Marriot Hotel, Miami Downtown/Brickell
The Miami International Airport (MIA) is approximately a 20-minute drive away from the hotel.

  • Shuttle: There is no shuttle running between the hotel and airport.
  • Taxi: The easiest way to get from the airport to the hotel is by taxi, the average rate being $35 with moderate traffic.
  • Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is a shared ride service with prices that vary from $15-$90 depending on the type of ride you choose. For more information on Super Shuttle and their services please refer to their FAQ.
  • City Bus: The commute by public transportation, using the Miami-Dade Transit system, from the airport to the hotel will take about an hour, one-passage fare of $2,25; day passes for $5,65. All trip options have at least two transfers; please consult Google Maps for possible trip options. Google Maps does not show you that from your final stop at the Government Center you may take the Metro Mover (a free city center rail service to commute through most downtown) from the Government Center Metrorail station to the Bayside Metromover stop nearest the hotel, resulting in a 5 minute walk as opposed to the 15 minute walk Google Maps suggests. Please visit the Miami-Dade Transit system website for more information.
Courtyard Marriot Hotel, Miami Downtown/Brickell to Manchester Business School - Americas Centre
The Manchester Business School - Americas Centre is approximately 3-minute walk away from the hotel.
7. Tourism and linksTop

If you plan to arrive earlier or extend your stay in the beautiful and tropical city of Miami, see the links below for more information on places of interest.
Visit Florida – Miami
Miami Tourist Guide
Visiting Miami Beach

November in Miami has temperatures that ranges from 20°C (69°F) – to 27°C (81°F) during the time when our seminar will take place. Relative humidity typically ranges from 56% (mildly humid) to 88% (very humid) over the course of a typical November.

Average Weather in November – Miami, FL USA
Daily Weather in Miami, FL USA

8. ContactTop

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