As a former undergraduate and PhD student at the Adam Smith Business School (ASBS), University of Glasgow, I am pleased to see that the school has recently been awarded the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) by the EFMD. The EQUIS accreditation is one of the most well-recognised benchmarks available to business schools to ensure excellence in teaching, student experience, research and outreach.There are 156 business schools have received the accreditation across 40 countries.

 During my Enterprise Fellowship at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I have been hosted within the ASBS; the school has provided an office space for me and given support with commercialisation and mentorship. From the internal emails I have received concerning the school’s preparation for EQUIS accreditation, I recognise that ASBS put in tremendous efforts  for the visits and interviews from the panel judges.

There are significant implications on being EQUIS accredited. One of them will be to demonstrate an on-going effort of the school on deepening corporate engagement and internalisation, i.e. further development on collaborations on cross border research, dealing with students exchange problems, creating double degree partnerships, knowledge transfer to commercial world, etc. This is an exciting news to a tech start-up like ICAN Future Star ltd, as we believe there will be more resources made available for us, i.e. student working experience opportunities, research opportunities on big data and user behaviour, etc.

More information on EQUIS accreditation,:

The fundamental objective of EQUIS, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

  • EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision and community outreach. Institutions must be primarily devoted to management education.
  • EQUIS is not primarily focused on the MBA or any other specific programme. Its scope covers all programmes offered by an institution from the first degree up to the Ph.D.
  • EQUIS looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. A strong interface with the world of business is, therefore, as much a requirement as a strong research potential. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.
  • Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation. With companies recruiting worldwide, with students choosing to get their education outside their home countries, and with schools building alliances across borders and continents, there is a rapidly growing need for them to be able to identify those institutions in other countries that deliver high quality education in international management.