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.
AACSB International Accreditation
In July 2019, the Business School was awarded reaccreditation for 5 years from AACSB International. This followed submission of a comprehensive Continuous Improvement Review Report in February and an international peer review team visit in April.
The peer review team consisted of:
Professor Vance Roley
Dean, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Professor Peter A Todd
Dean, HEC School of Management, Paris
Professor Kate Kearins
Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Auckland University of Technology
During their visit, the review team interacted with groups of students, professional staff, academic staff, the senior leadership team and advisory board members during. In their report they noted the enthusiasm shown across the variety of meetings, as well as the sense of strong alignment with and commitment to the strategy of the school and the direction of the University.
Areas of commendation and best practice
The Business School was commended for areas that demonstrate leadership and high quality continuous improvement in management. These included:
- The Business School’s Research Networks Scheme, which supports and promotes core areas of research strength
- 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
- Robust curriculum review processes that lead to innovation that is grounded in evidence about student, subject, and program performance.
Key among the areas for improvement
Key areas identified for improvement were:
- Revision of the faculty qualification criteria to ensure rigour and alignment to the school’s mission, expected outcomes and strategies
- Implementation of our revised assurance learning (AoL) processes and program learning outcomes.
Continuous Improvement Review
The School will submit its next Continuous Improvement Review Application in July 2021. As part of this process, we will provide an update on the progress made in addressing the key areas for improvement noted above.
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 March 2020, 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.
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