The UNSW Business School is involved in international accreditation initiatives that enhance the quality of our educational activities, provide an assurance of quality for our stakeholders, and grow our global brand and reputation.

EQUIS Accreditation


In June 2020, the Business School was – for the third consecutive time – awarded EQUIS accreditation for 5 years by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Retaining EQUIS accreditation ensures our ongoing place in an exclusive group of the world’s leading business schools. There are currently 191 accredited schools across 45 countries globally.

The EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) benchmarks business and management schools against rigorous international standards – meeting these demonstrates our continued commitment to quality education and research. Often a pre-requisite for entry to rankings, EQUIS accreditation demonstrates the quality of programs to current and prospective students, employers and stakeholders around the world.

“Retaining EQUIS accreditation reaffirms the quality of our educational offerings and high impact research,” said Professor Chris Styles, Dean of the Business. “The review process also identifies opportunities for us to continue to evolve with the changing business landscape, offering students career-focused learning experiences. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

UNSW Business School was commended for the quality of its Bachelor of Commerce (International); its strong research culture and quality of research output; and its commitment to ethics, sustainability and social responsibility. The panel was especially impressed with AGSM’s executive education initiatives, including the Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership Program and Women in Leadership Program.

Learn more about EFMD and EQUIS

AACSB International Accreditation


In addition to EQUIS, UNSW Business School also holds accreditation from the US-based AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Globally, 876 business institutions in 57 countries and territories have earned AACSB Accreditation.

Most recently re-accredited in July 2019, the Business School was commended for areas that demonstrate leadership and high quality continuous improvement in management. These included our Research Networks Scheme; BusinessThink, our free online business journal; the dual focus on teaching and research, supported by a strong program of internal research and teaching innovation grants; and robust curriculum review processes that lead to innovation that is grounded in evidence about student, subject, and program performance.

Why do we seek and maintain accreditation?

International accreditation allows us to:

  • Demonstrate the quality of our programs to current and prospective students, employers, industry and other stakeholders around the world
  • Show our commitment to enhanced outcomes in program performance and learning and teaching
  • Continuous and strategic self-review and improvement
  • Benchmark our school against international best practice, with constructive review team feedback
  • Be part of a group of high-performing international business schools, working together to support education excellence around the world
  • Provide more opportunities for staff to network and develop partnerships with peer institutions internationally