Triple-accredited and quality-assured
Maintaining the excellent quality of our services is very important to us. We are therefore proud to be among the 1% (74) of business schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation, meaning we are accredited by all three international, independent accreditation committees, as well as regional and independent accreditation bodies.
Being triple-accredited is an exclusive quality indicator and highlights our international reputation. RSM is one of the few schools meeting the specific requirements of the three accreditation bodies and among a very select group of institutions such as Copenhagen Business School, HEC Paris, INSEAD, London Business School, EAESP - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, ESADE, and SDA Bocconi School of Management.
RSM is accredited by:
AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is a US-based accreditation organisation established in 1916. AACSB evaluates a business school’s mission, faculty qualifications and contributions, programmes, and other critical areas on a five year review cycle. Particular important for AACSB are the assurance of learning standards. Student learning being the central activity of higher education, schools should have learning goals in place that encourage continuous improvement in educational programmes. RSM was among the first European business schools to receive AACSB accreditation in 1998.
The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is a London-based international organisation established in 1967 that accredits post-graduate business programmes at business schools worldwide. The Association is one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education. It differs from AACSB and EQUIS as it accredits a school's portfolio of post-graduate business programmes rather than the entire business school. RSM's MBA programmes are AMBA-accredited since 1996.
EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) was created in 1998 as part of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a Brussels-based organisation that seeks to improve education and research in the field of business and management.
The EQUIS accreditation is awarded to business schools based on general quality. The process also takes into account the business school's level of internationalisation, which is not a strict requirement for accreditation by the other two major international accreditation bodies.
RSM is proud to be one of 138 EQUIS-accredited business schools worldwide. At its start in 1998 EQUIS accredited the school for a full period of five years. Actually, the school itself was one of the 19 pioneer schools launching EQUIS and its subsequent accreditation procedures. Following the initial accreditation of 1998, the School was awarded re-accreditation in 2003, 2009, and 2014.
The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. Its role is to evaluate the study programmes of educational institutes and grants quality marks and aids for the advancement of overall quality. The NVAO can award distinctive features as recognition of a special characteristic of an educational programme. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. RSM is NVAO accredited since 2007.
In 2010, NVAO awarded the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for Internationalisation' to RSM’s BSc in International Business Administration (IBA) programme. The jury’s report indicates that RSM’s IBA programme benefits from the School’s worldwide network and its high academic standards for international business studies. RSM’s multicultural setting was particularly noted for resulting in an excellent ‘IBA-feeling’ shared equally by students and staff.
In 2012, NVAO awarded the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for small-scale and intensive education’ to RSM’s MSc International Management/CEMS programme. This feature indicates that the teaching in this master is considerably more intensive than in standard programmes. Education is intertwined with extra-curricular activities so that an academic and professional community is created and the social context is inseparable from the curriculum. There is also a stringent admission procedure aimed at realising the optimal match between student and programme.