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RSM gains fifth EQUIS accreditation

A fifth 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 (EFMD). In particular, RSM was praised for the quality and quantity of its academic research; the development of international programmes, both at pre-experience MSc and MBA level; and the quality of its faculty and faculty management system. 



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.

Dirk van Dierendonck, RSM Dean a.i., says: “We are very proud of our fifth full EQUIS re-accreditation. The continued international recognition by EFMD is an important enabler to realise RSM’s strategic goal to become a leading school for positive change. Through EQUIS accreditation, we enhance the quality of our research, education and services to our students and faculty, our business partnerships, and the wider community. Thank you EQUIS peer review team – and thank you to the RSM team that made this happen again!”

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, 2009, and 2014 – and now again in 2019. 

RSM is also 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.

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EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is managed and run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and its fundamental objective, linked to the mission of the EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide. EQUIS was created in 1997 by a mandate of EFMD’s member business schools and with the specific active support of a number of them among which were the top ones in Europe: Bocconi, HEC Paris, Aalto University School of Business, IESE, IMD, INSEAD, IE Business School, London Business School, Rotterdam School of Management, etc.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. 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 can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at mschouten@rsm.nl.

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