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Advantages of Attending an EQUIS Accredited Business School

With an estimated number of 15,000 business schools worldwide, it becomes more and more challenging for prospective students to choose the right institution, especially as nearly 60 percent of future applicants seek to study outside their country of citizenship, according to the 2017 GMAC Prospective Students Survey Report.

One way to help chose is to check whether a school is accredited by a global accreditation body and meets internationally agreed quality standards. Why? Because a rigorous accreditation system doesn't just pick on a few criteria that can vary immensely from year to year. It actually gets right to the heart of the school's offerings, its ethos and value for students.

EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System – is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS has established its prestige and recognition worldwide and has accredited the top 1% – 174 institutions in 41 countries – since its launch in 1997.

EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking the school against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement. EQUIS covers all degree and non-degree programmes offered by a school, from bachelor to doctoral studies, including executive education where appropriate. Simply put, it allows students to evaluate their prospective learning experiences before embarking on a course of study.

Learn more about EQUIS at efmd.org/equis

EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Australia 2018

Business schools in Australia can be proud of exceptionally qualified faculty, rigorous research as well as high living standard and interesting career opportunities for its international student body.

Australian business schools also invest in dissemination of knowledge and best practice through integrated online teaching delivery.

Being strategically positioned in the Asia Pacific region, Australia enjoys a very favourable reputation among international business degree applicants. Perhaps not surprisingly, Australia was rated the most highly as offering a sense of adventure and an attractive lifestyle, according to the 2017 Business of Branding study by CarringtonCrisp and EFMD.

The quality of Australian business schools is proven by their international accreditations and their high placement in the world rankings. Nine schools in Australia, including Melbourne Business School, Monash Business School, QUT Business School and University of Sydney Business School, have received EQUIS accreditation and are being active members of the EFMD network.

Greg Whitwell, the Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, spoke about the value of EQUIS accreditation: "We see EQUIS re-accreditation as a vote of confidence in the University of Sydney Business School's new strategic direction and an affirmation, from a peer review team whose collective experience and insights demand the utmost respect, that we have achieved quality standards that make us world class.”

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EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Australia 2018

EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Canada 2018

Canada’s business education is on a winning streak. Its excellent English-speaking programmes, immigrant-friendly policies and positive diplomatic impact resulting from an open foreign policy led by a charismatic prime minister Justin Trudeau, have all created favourable perceptions of Canada among international business school applicants.

According to the 2017 Business of Branding study by CarringtonCrisp and EFMD, Canada is the third most popular place to study, just after the US and the UK, with 39 per cent choosing this country as an attractive place to pursue business education.

The latest GMAC's Application Trends Survey Report confirmed that the global political climate has impact on international application volumes. Programmes in Canada are about twice as likely to report growth in international applicants compared with the US.

EQUIS has accredited the majority of the leading Canadian business schools, having ten institutions in its portfolio, including the Desautels Faculty of Management at the McGill University and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

“We regard EQUIS as the premier quality designation for internationally oriented business schools, and EQUIS accreditation once again affirms our School's strong focus on real-world business relevance, programme innovation and global reach,” commented Dezsö J. Horváth, the Dean of the Schulich School of Business at the York University in Canada.

David Saunders, the Dean of Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Canada, stressed that EQUIS is not only a quality assessment but also a quality improvement process, very much rooted in the mission of EFMD. “No matter how good your school is, you can always improve and that is a critical core component of EQUIS – continuous improvement,” he said.

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EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Canada 2018

EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in China 2018

China’s economic growth creates an ever-increasing need for business school graduates who are equipped with general managerial competencies, analytical skills, entrepreneurial mind-set and global perspective anchored in the regional context.

Business schools in China have timely responded to these emerging challenges, making China one of the fastest growing countries for quality business education. Curricula of the Chinese institutions are striving towards continuous improvement not only by emulating the latest research and cases coming from the Western business education model, but increasingly incorporating local management practices.

Their exceptionally qualified students, increasingly international faculty, excellent corporate connections as well as career opportunities for their graduates, place many of the Chinese institutions among the leading business schools in the world.

Thanks to international accreditation systems such as EQUIS, Chinese schools find their uniqueness while maintaining global standards for quality business education. Fan Wang, the Dean at Sun Yat-sen Business School, confirmed EQUIS’ respect for diversity after the school had received its EQUIS re-accreditation. “Being awarded the five-year EQUIS re-accreditation is of great significance for the School: to promote our global development in the discipline of business administration and enhance our cultural consciousness and strengthen the cultural confidence. EQUIS praised the School for its own innovative way to meet international high-quality standards while keeping closely in line with the Chinese environment," he said.

To date, EQUIS has accredited 24 business schools in China, including CEIBS, Fudan University School of Management and Antai College of Economics and Management.

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EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in China 2018

EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial hubs. Its investment and service-oriented economy is backed up by excellent higher education institutions being at the forefront of innovative research.

The School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong, the Faculty of Business at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the School of Business at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong are all accredited by EQUIS.

"For us, EQUIS accreditation is an important ‘seal of approval’, saying something very positive about the quality and standing of the School. But it is much more than that. The accreditation process is helping us to benchmark ourselves against international quality standards, and the peer review team has provided us with some really valuable feedback as we continue the development of the School," commented Edward Snape, Dean of School of Business at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in Hong Kong 2018

EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in the UK 2018

The United Kingdom has a global reputation for excellence in business education, attracting many talented international students, leading in rigorous and impactful research, and having impressive partnerships with some of the world’s top-rated institutions.

Although Brexit might have an impact on the international application numbers in the future, in the short term, British schools have benefitted from the fall of the British Pound. The UK still remains the second most popular destination for the international business programmes applicants, according to the 2017 Business of Branding study by CarringtonCrisp and EFMD, with 44 per cent of respondents, making the UK a country of choice to pursue their business degrees.

The UK can be proud of the highest number of EQUIS accredited schools, having 27 institutions awarded the EQUIS quality label, including London Business School, Alliance Manchester Business School, Cass Business School, Cranfield School of Management, Imperial College Business School, Durham University Business School, Saïd Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, Strathclyde Business School and Warwick Business School, just to name a few.

Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, appreciated the insights from the EQUIS peer review. "The accreditation process provided us with a structured approach to reflect on our unique strategy of being a business school embedded in Oxford University. The review panel's insightful perspective was useful to me and my team and we will integrate these perspectives into our discussions and planning for the future," he commented after having received a five-year EQUIS accreditation.

 

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EQUIS Accredited Business Schools in the UK 2018