Adam Smith Business School awarded five years of EQUIS accreditation

Adam Smith Business School awarded five years of EQUIS accreditation

University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accomplished an outstanding achievement to go from an initial EQUIS accreditation of three years, to five years of re-accreditation – the maximum period possible.

EQUIS accreditation is one of the most important benchmarks available to business schools worldwide and it is unusual for a School to go from an initial accreditation of three years to five years of re-accreditation.

Today’s announcement follows a comprehensive assessment by EQUIS which took place in March 2018.

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. It is granted and run by EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development and its fundamental objective, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation.

Professor John Finch, Head of the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Colleagues across the School have engaged with the EQUIS standards, criteria and ethos of quality enhancement over a number of years with a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism, extending to our students and corporate and policy connections. Re-accreditation for five years provides us with impetus and direction as we continue to develop our learning and teaching, research, and corporate and policy engagement in Scotland and the UK and internationally.”

Only 26 Business Schools in the UK, and 176 Business Schools worldwide have been awarded EQUIS accreditation. The School has held accreditation from AMBA, the Association of MBAs, for the quality of its Glasgow MBA course since 1988, and has been accredited by AACSB since 2006, making it part of a select group of business schools worldwide that hold the crown of triple accreditation.

University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School also holds accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for its MSc in International Human Resource Management Development and MA in Business and Management courses, and has accreditations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS); Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, and has been named Scottish University of the Year 2018. The University includes among its alumni the father of economics Adam Smith, and the Adam Smith Business School is named in his honour. The School follow’s his legacy and creates world changing graduates who make a positive impact on culture and society.

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