IAE AMGSM obtains EQUIS FULL 5 year reaccreditation

IAE-Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management is proud to be once again one of the 20 EQUIS accredited Business Schools in France and to be part of an even more restricted circle of 15 Business Schools reaccredited for 5 years, along with HEC Paris, ESSEC or ESCP Europe. Only 150 Business Schools are EQUIS accredited out of 15 000 schools in the world. As a consequence, The IAE is part of the elite school in Business Education, belonging to 1% of the best Business Schools in the world.

The EQUIS reviewers have particularly valued 5 areas of our school that were classified as “above standards”: strategy, mission, programs, students and corporate relations.

“I am very proud of this achievement which is the result of great teamwork. EQUIS is not only a quality label, it is also a goal that helps improve our School, empower our faculty and staff members and generate positive energy among all stakeholders”.  Virginie de Barnier, dean of IAE-AMGSM.

The IAE Aix-Marseille was one of the pioneering school of the EQUIS accreditation as it was obtained repeatedly since 1999.

This year, the IAE Aix-Marseille also confirmed its position in the prestigious 2018 Financial Times Ranking and is ranked amongst the World 50 Best Masters over the last 3 years and ranked #1 in France for Return on Investment.

About EQUIS: EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) is granted by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), an institution based in Brussels. The EFMD vocation is to promote information, research and good practices in management.

The Foundation gathers almost 900 members, schools, companies and public services in more than 80 countries.

Two committees intervene in the accreditation process: the EQUIS Committee which defines criteria, policy and labelling process and establishes the admissibility of the accreditation requests; the EQUIS Accreditation Board, independent, which is the accreditation body itself.

Every school has to fill in substantial reports and is submitted to different audits. A team of reviewer, compounded of international Business School professors and deans, establishes a visit report and recommendations. Following this, the EQUIS Accreditation Board makes the final decision to grant the label or not.

The EQUIS accreditation is granted for 3 or 5 years depending on the strength of the guarantees assessed. The accreditation process takes into consideration the institution in its whole, its programs but also every other activity: research, distance learning, executive education and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The label is granted to institutions that guarantee a high level of academic quality, tight relations with the corporate world and a solid research potential. All those activities must have a strong international dimension.

The high requirement level of the EQUIS frame of reference guarantees the best when it comes to Business Education. By joining an EQUIS accredited school, students are insured to find numerous and highly qualified professors, renowned academic partners and access to the best companies.