Following the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the Management School joins the top one per cent of centres across the world – 57 globally and just 14 in the UK – to be awarded by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the AACSB.
Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of the Management School, said: “We are privileged to join this prestigious international group. It is a symbol of the highest quality and another example of the fantastic achievements being made at the Management School.
“We strive to be a world-class centre delivering cutting-edge research and offering excellent learning and teaching. The accreditations recognise the progress we have made in recent years. We are now better placed to serve, and anticipate, the needs of the business community regionally, nationally and internationally.
“It is an exciting time in the school. We have invested £11.5 million in the refurbishment of the Crookesmoor building to create world-class teaching, learning and business engagement space. With our investment in staff for specific roles in marketing, student experience, business development, alumni and careers activities and new branding, we’re building a dynamic new future.”
Together, the awards show students, parents and employers that we are providing a top-quality education and world class graduates.
To achieve AACSB accreditation, our many programmes underwent a meticulous internal review and evaluation process, including a strategic plan to satisfy 21 stringent quality standards relating to management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
This latest recognition follows on from February’s award by EQUIS, which was the result of a rigorous three year application process.
As part of this, we undertook a lengthy self evaluation in conjunction with a mentor provided by EQUIS and as part of the process submitted a 120 page report focusing on nine EQUIS standards, including chapters on students, the faculty, contribution to the community and internationalisation. The application culminated in a three day visit and involved staff, students, alumni and the Vice Chancellor, as well as centres including Corporate Information and Computing Services, the library, and careers.
Professor Glaister added: “This was a demanding process requiring hard work and enthusiasm from every member of staff. I’m delighted by the positive response from colleagues within the school and across the university. We’re very proud to have joined some of the best business schools worldwide.”
For more about our international and professional accreditations visit: http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/about/accreditations