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Durham University Business School achieves five-year EQUIS accreditation

(28 June 2017)

Durham University Business School, one of the UK’s longest established business schools, has been awarded a five-year extension to its accreditation from EQUIS, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

There are fewer than 20 UK schools with the so-called ‘gold standard’ of five years’ accreditation status and under 40 in the rest of Europe.

Today’s announcement follows a comprehensive assessment by EQUIS which took place in March 2017. EQUIS accreditation focuses on evaluating the balance between academic quality and professional relevance, with particular importance placed on the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills and the opportunities and connections to the business world.

The peer review team took particular note of the quality of the School as demonstrated in its significant, high-quality teaching and research, and the provision of a superior student experience, underpinned by the University’s collegiate system and the strong support of the Advisory Board.

In addition to this, the team commented how successfully Ethics Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS) is deeply embedded in a wide range of the School’s activities, including research centres, PhD’s and a number of outreach programmes.

Professor Susan Hart, Dean of Durham University Business School, said: “The Business School’s five-year EQUIS re-accreditation is testimony to our position as a leading international business school, with excellence across our key strategic areas of research, education and student experience.

“The peer review team highlighted how the School provides its students, at all levels, with a research-led education in all areas of business and management that enables them to pursue meaningful international careers. Contributing to the strength of our 20,000 alumni network across 150 countries."

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden at Durham University, said: “This is a wonderful achievement and a credit to all our colleagues in the Business School who have played their part in securing this continued accreditation.

 “This comes at an exciting time for Durham where we are looking ahead to the next ten years. Through our newly launched strategy, we will ensure that we continue to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience across all of our academic Departments and Colleges.

 “Within this strategy, the Business School is earmarked for significant growth and investment as we help it become firmly established as a top ranked European Business School.”

Durham University Business School has a substantial track record in providing internationally recognised degree programmes and MBAs. It recently launched a new Online MBA in April 2017 which has been recognised among the world’s top online MBA programmes by the QS Distance Online MBA rankings, ranking it 7th place globally. In addition, the School’s Online MBA is also ranked 9th in the world in the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2017.

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