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 reaccreditation in June 2015
In June 2015, the Business School was – for the second consecutive time – awarded EQUIS accreditation for 5 years by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Retaining EQUIS accreditation ensures our place in an exclusive group of the world’s leading business schools.
EQUIS mid-term progress report
As required of Schools that are accredited for a period of 5 years, three strategic development objectives for continuous improvement were identified at that time. These objectives, which align closely with our strategy 2020 areas, are:
- To further enhance the quality and distinctiveness of the School's research - and research culture - through the identification, development and active promotion of research networks that facilitate high impact research.
- To provide an outstanding student learning experience where we take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technology, operating at the intersection of the digital and physical campuses, with a program portfolio that aligns with the strategic direction of the Business School.
- To develop sustainable, two-way partnerships with industry, government, alumni and business schools in the Asia region, and leverage these partnerships to improve the international and intercultural experience that is available to our students.
The EQUIS mid-term progress report discusses progress against these objectives, as well as other strategic developments within the Business School and UNSW.
The EQUIS reviewer noted that the report provides convincing evidence that positive initiatives have been implemented in the response to the agreed development objectives. The Business School was commended for successfully integrating its own Strategy 2020, not only with the three EQUIS development objectives but also with the subsequent UNSW Strategy 2025.
EQUIS commended the school for:
- Participating in UNSW's initiative to invest in intellectual capital in strategic academic disciplines.
- The establishment of the AGORA Centre for Market Design research in the Business School and the substantial funding received by the Centre for Excellence in Population Aging Research.
- Plans and actions to enhance the quality and distinctiveness of research.
- Switching to a 3 term academic year - offering students more opportunities to incorporate work integrated learning into degrees and aligning with northern hemisphere university calendars.
- Embracing digital uplift to support blended and technology enhanced learning.
- Personalising the learning experience.
- Delivering global learning experiences and focussing on work integrated learning.
In preparation for the peer review team visit in April 2019, the School will need to prepare factual evidence of changes that have been implemented, together with evidence of the impacts achieved on the intended outcomes of the three strategic development areas; education, research and social engagement.
AACSB International Accreditation
In June 2013 the Business School was awarded accreditation for 5 years from AACSB International. Our re-accreditation process commenced in late 2016.
To receive accreditation, we were required to demonstrate alignment with the AACSB Business Accreditation Standards (2012 Version). Pursuing accreditation involved extensive self-review against these standards, submission of a comprehensive self-evaluation report, and international peer evaluation.
Key among the areas for improvement:
As part of the 2013 accreditation process key areas identified for improvement were:
- Further refinement and clarification of the Business School and SBUS strategies with regards to their locational advantages – the “distinctive gateway position” to the Asia-Pacific region – and national imperatives
- A more proactive approach to embedding a clear Asian-Pacific perspective and issues in research agendas and teaching programs
- Complement the traditional research focus (disciplinary A, A*journals) by encouraging, identifying and acknowledging applied, trans-disciplinary and pedagogical scholarship
- Adopt a more diversified approach to the evaluating and monitoring the impact of the full range of staff intellectual contributions and innovations
- Manage learning across the diverse student body; enhance the integration of the different student populations so that students engage “in a deeper and more designed/directed fashion to bring further (real) international value to the learning experience”.
Continuous Improvement Review
In 2016 we submitted a Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) application to AACSB. The CIR report will be submitted in January 2019, followed by an onsite Peer Review Team (PRT) visit from 31st March - 2nd April 2019.
The PRT consists of:
|Chair||Professor Vance Roley||Dean, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Business Member||Professor Peter A Todd||Dean, HEC School of Management, Paris|
|Business Member||Professor Kate Kearins||Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Auckland University of Technology Business School|
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
For further information:
Senior Project Officer
Phone: +61 2 9385 5436