RSM gains fourth EQUIS accreditation

A fourth consecutive quality accreditation has been awarded to Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) by the European Quality Improvement System) EQUIS, a part of the European Foundation for Management Development. This Brussels-based organisation seeks to improve education and research in the field of business and management.

RSM was praised for ‘significant progress’ since the last EQUIS inspection and accreditation in 2009 and the seriousness with which it has addressed its development objectives. EQUIS made particular note of the quality of RSM’s research, highly ranked programmes, strong faculty management and development processes and renowned international partners and network.

EQUIS assessed the whole of RSM, not just its MBA programmes but all programmes from bachelor to PhD, and activities including research, executive education and community activities. It looked for a balance between high academic quality and professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. Equally as important as RSM’s research was RSM’s strengthening relationship with the world of business, and the effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility. RSM won the maximum five-year accreditation.

RSM is one of around 150 EQUIS-accredited business schools worldwide, and was one of the first business schools to receive a full five-year accreditation in 1998 at the launch of EQUIS. Following its initial accreditation in 1998, RSM was re-accredited in 2003 and 2009 – and now again in 2014.

Dean of RSM, Professor Steef van de Velde said: “We are very proud of our fourth consecutive full accreditation for another period of five years. From our initial EQUIS accreditation in 1998, RSM has used accreditations to maintain and enhance the quality of its services – resulting in a Triple Crown status. Actually, the school itself was one of the 19 pioneer schools launching EQUIS and its subsequent accreditation procedures.

“We strive for excellence, and accreditations are certainly a means to help achieve this. Thank you EQUIS peer review team – and thank you to the RSM team that made this happen again!

RSM is one of the 1 per cent of business schools worldwide to have Triple Crown accreditation with awards from the three most important international independent accreditation committees, as well as regional and independent accreditation bodies. RSM is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), as well as EQUIS.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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