There are various factors prospective students can look at while making their selection. Geographical destination, the school's reputation, rankings, curriculum, career services, fees and scholarship options are just some of the pointers, but how can they account for the overall quality of the school and learning about the students' experience and the connection of the school with practice and society?
One way to find out is to check whether the 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. Simply put, it allows students to evaluate their prospective learning experiences before embarking on a course of study and learn about the position of the school when compared to similar institutions all over the world.
EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System – accreditation benchmarks the school against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as connections with practice.
A balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world is at the core of the system. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students' managerial and entrepreneurial skills and fosters their personal development and sense of global responsibility.
EQUIS also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy. Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS have demonstrated not only the highest quality in each and every dimension but also a consistent international approach in most of them.
Acknowledged worldwide by potential students, employers, clients and the media as the most holistic and rigorous accreditation process, EQUIS accreditation is often a pre-requisite for entry to rankings, such as the Financial Times rankings. Currently, there are 183 EQUIS-accredited institutions in 44 countries.
Learn more about EQUIS at efmdglobal.org/equis