Business schools that renewed their accreditations in 2022

AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS… These accreditations are the holy grail for business schools as they give them international recognition. A symbol of excellence outside of France, it is important to place yourself in the rankings and attract foreign students, but also high-level international partners. We take stock of the schools that have renewed or obtained a new accreditation during the 2021-2022 school period.

Before revealing the list of business schools that have won over accrediting bodies, a little deciphering of the various acronyms, which are sometimes complex for the uninitiated.

AACSB accreditation

Provided by The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business, AACSB is based on values ​​such as the ethical behavior of the school and its actors or the establishment’s societal and responsible commitment, such as GEM, which is about CSR and equal opportunities. It also assesses institutions according to more objective criteria such as the ability to issue bachelor’s degrees, leadership or proper management of funds and HR. While 845 companies can proudly display this mark of quality around the world, only 23 French business schools are AACSB accredited for a period of 5 years.

EFMD accreditations

EFMD Accredited and EQUIS are two marks issued by EFMD, a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote excellence in management education through very strict control of organizations and courses. EQUIS is awarded to schools established more than 10 years ago, which offer management training and whose international reputation is well established. Among the main eligibility criteria: the governance, which must be independent, the strategic vision, the positioning, the quality of the program and its conformity with management practices today or the capacity of the school to be a viable economic actor. The evaluation process lasts approximately 3 years.

EFMD Accredited is awarded business school PGEs. This label is only issued to courses that can guarantee high-level training based on the learning of soft skills and with a strong international touch. Other key criteria: recognition from business and the training of responsible students with sensitivity to ethical issues.

AMBA accreditation

Delivered by the Association of MBAs, AMBA, as the name suggests, rewards MBAs, but also DBAs and MBMs. Recently AMBA also accredited the MiM (Master in Management) or PGE. Along with EQUIS and AACSB, this accreditation forms the highly regarded triple crown. Only 1% of business schools in the world have achieved this grail to date.

To obtain this accreditation, it is necessary to demonstrate a desire to recruit diversified profiles, the creation of space for discussion and reflection between the participants and the school, and the ability to be financially viable. The institution providing the MBA must also establish a transparent program where skills are clearly defined and measurable throughout the course. Only 270 schools have achieved this precious accreditation, including 20 in France.

So who was able to renew or gain new accreditations in 2022?

Also read: Do accreditations standardize business schools?

Schools that achieved or renewed AACSB accreditation in 2022

SAI Paris. AACSB particularly emphasized the establishment’s pedagogy with Action Learning, the international dimension of the school, but also the association of alumni.

Brest Business School. Brest Business School achieved AACSB international accreditation for the first time, at the end of 2021. The audit highlighted many of the school’s strengths, such as its strategic plan or its strengthened internationalization in China and Africa.

EMLV. This is the first time that EMLV (Leonardo da Vinci School of Management) has achieved AACSB accreditation. The business school won out with its internationalization strategy and its academic excellence in its programs.

ESC Clermont. The business school achieved renewal of its accreditation during the summer of 2021. The organization actually highlighted several strengths such as: the human dimension of the establishment as well as its territorial anchoring.

ESDES. It is also a first for ESDES, which achieved AACSB accreditation in late 2021. The business school won it for the maximum duration of 5 years, thanks in particular to the quality of the programs and the support offered to students.

Excelia BS. La Rochelle business school has renewed its AACSB accreditation for the maximum period of 5 years. Among the school’s strengths are: educational innovation, its territorial roots, its approach to CSR and sustainable development.

ICN. ICN announced the renewal of its EQUIS accreditation on Monday 4 July 2022.

NEOMA. NEOMA also renewed its AACSB accreditation during the summer of 2021. The Reims and Rouen business school benefited from the changes to the Grande École program, but also from the institution’s international network and educational innovation.

Schools that have achieved or renewed EQUIS accreditation

EC Strasbourg. EC Strasbourg achieved EQUIS accreditation for the first time in 2022. This therefore gives it the prestigious triple crown. Among the business school’s assets we find: the commitment to companies, but also the internationalization of the school.

KEDGE. KEDGE announced at the beginning of July 2022 the renewal of its EQUIS accreditation. The organization emphasizes some of the school’s strengths, especially experience-based learning, but also the good management of the business school’s finances.

NEOMA. It was a busy year for NEOMA, which also had its EQUIS accreditation renewed. According to EFMD, the school’s main strengths are the internationalization of the courses, but also their coherence and the support from the students.

Schools that have obtained or renewed their EFMD-accredited accreditation

ICD Business School. ICD Business School has seen its PGE awarded EFMD Accredited, the accreditation that replaces EPAS. The Business School is particularly attracted by its strong social commitment.

PSB. The Paris School of Business has had its EFMD Accredited accreditation renewed for the maximum period of five years. The strengths of the school’s EMP? The hybridization of the curriculum and its strong internationalization.

Also read: PSB is transforming its Grande École program and its bachelor’s degree

AACSB, EFMD Accredited, AMBA, EQUIS: Update on the international accreditations of business schools in France

School AACSB AMBA EQUIS EFMD accredited
audience x x x
Brest Business School x
BSB x x
EBS Paris x
EDC Paris x
EDHEC x x x
EC Normandy x x
EC Strasbourg x x x x
EMLV x x x
emlyon x x x
ESC Clermont x x x
ESC Pau x
ESCP x x x
ESSCA x x x
ESSEC x x x
Excelia BS x x x x
Grenoble EC x x x
HEC Paris x x x
ICD Business School x
ICN x x x
IESEG x x x
IMT-BS x x
INSEAD x x x
SAI Paris x x x
KEDGE x x x
MBS x x x
NEOMA x x x
PSB x x x
Rennes SB x x x x
TBS Education x x x

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