UQ Business School’s global excellence recognised by accreditation renewal

16 October 2019

The University of Queensland (UQ) Business School has again been confirmed as a top international business school by global accrediting organisation EQUIS, gaining reaccreditation for the next five years.

EQUIS is a leading international quality assessor to higher education, designed to accredit outstanding business schools anywhere in the world that are creating an impact beyond their domestic frontiers.

Head and Dean of UQ Business School, Professor Michael Bruenig said the accreditation is a strong commendation for the School’s commitment to global excellence.

“The renewal of the School’s accreditation for the next five years demonstrates our dedication to maintaining a high international benchmark of quality,” Professor Bruenig said.

 “UQ Business School students can be assured they are receiving global recognition for their qualification, at a school with acclaimed teaching staff and top industry connections – which is vital in today's competitive environment,” he said.

For an institution to be accredited by EQUIS, they must demonstrate outstanding quality at a global level; not only in all dimensions of their learning activities but also holistically in corporate connections, internationalisation, ethics and sustainability standards.

The UQ Business School first earned accreditation in 2004, with this now being the fourth consecutive renewal of the accreditation. As of October 2019, only 187 business schools globally have been EQUIS accredited.

“The process for renewal is extensive, with an experienced international jury assessing and evaluating the Business School,” Professor Bruenig said.

The accreditation renewal places particular emphasis on the achievements in the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills, together with a student’s sense of global responsibility.

“UQ Business School prides itself on fostering courageous thinkers to positively transform business and society globally,” Professor Bruenig said.

“The EQUIS reaccreditation highlights that our students not only receive a return on investment for their education in terms of quality and knowledge, but the skills to influence change on a global platform,” he said.

The criteria for accreditation is based upon a framework reviewed continuously by an international committee of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) members. The committee is drawn from deans of academic institutions, HR and management development directors of major corporations and heads of national professional associations.

EQUIS accreditation is the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools.

Media: Emma Pryor, (07) 3346 4506, media@business.uq.edu.au