The Open University Business School (OUBS) has been awarded EQUIS reaccreditation for three years to maintain its status as one of only 1% of business schools in the world with triple accreditation.
The EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Quality Improvement System, better known as EQUIS, is the world’s leading international accreditation for business schools and considers the excellence of all elements of the School’s operations.
Academic and support staff were joined by a number of student and alumni volunteers, as well as our corporate partners, when a four-strong peer review team visited the Walton Hall campus for three days in April. This team then submitted a report which was passed to the EQUIS awarding committee for a final decision.
OUBS also receives accreditation from AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs).
Our continued accreditations are important to the reputation of the School and the reputation of the qualification all our students are studying towards and our alumni have achieved. This significant achievement is the result of hard work and commitment from everyone, and the passion, dedication and commitment of all staff to the mission and ideals of the OU was noted.
The overall impression from EQUIS is that we are performing well and that we enjoy great autonomy as part of a fascinating university. It’s noted that there are indications that the School will be strategically important for the University going forward.
Our current challenges were acknowledged but also that we have taken significant measures to meet these challenges. We will review the recommendations, plan our journey of continuous improvement and incorporate this into our strategic and operational plans.Professor Dev Kodwani
Executive Dean and Head of OUBS