What is EQUIS?

EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System) is the accrediting body of the European Federation for Management Development (EFMD) and the leadingequis-transparent international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS was created to meet the need for an accreditation system targeted to business schools like Ivey that making an impact beyond their borders.

What need does EQUIS meet?

EQUIS accreditation covers all programs offered by Ivey from HBA up to PhD. 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 internationalization and corporate connections. 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 that deliver high quality education in international management.

What does EQUIS re-accreditation mean for Ivey?

Our re-accreditation for another five-year term received in April 2012 confirms our excellent global reputation and the exceptional quality of students, staff and facilities.

  • EQUIS accreditation focuses on all of the activities of an institution, including research, executive education and community outreach. It looks for balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world.
  • EQUIS accreditation highlights the extraordinary quality of all programs offered at Ivey – from HBA to PhD. The awarding body took particular note of Ivey’s superior reputation, both within Canada and internationally, our leading position as an advocate of the case method and state-of-the-art facilities as symbolized in the new building.
  • As of April 2012, 138 business schools have been awarded EQUIS with 38 countries represented among the accredited schools. There are nine schools that have received EQUIS in Canada.

Visit the EQUIS site for more information.