Durham University Business School is one of only a few Business Schools in the UK to carry three internationally-recognised quality kitemarks.
AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. It represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.
Accreditation follows a rigorous process which assesses all aspects of a School's operations and activities including research, teaching and their contribution to the wider business community.
Durham University Business School produced a comprehensive self-evaluation report addressing each of the AACSB's 21 accreditation standards and this provided the basis for a three day accreditation visit during which the peer review team met with representatives of staff, students, alumni and corporate stakeholders.
AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools:
- Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission.
- Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
- Provide high-calibre teaching of quality and current curricula.
- Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty.
- Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.
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AMBA (Association of MBAs)
Association of MBAs accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programmes: it is an assurance of quality.
AMBA accredited programmes are meticulously tested to ensure that students receive the finest business education available. Accreditation follows a rigorous independent assessment of every MBA course provided by the School. Assessment criteria include the institution, faculty, students, curriculum, assessment and facilities.
Accreditation also signifies international credibility and status. The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to our rigorous international criteria. Accreditation by the Association of MBAs identifies programmes as the best there is.
EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
EQUIS is recognised as one of the top gauges of standards in management education in Europe and beyond. It is awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development.
EQUIS accreditation demonstrates not only that the School's activities are of a very high quality but also that the School has a very strong international dimension.
The EQUIS award is made after an assessment of the entire School, including its taught programmes, executive education provision, innovation, marketing and interaction with the business world.