The University of Stavanger Business School is the first Norwegian business school to receive the EFMD Programme Accreditation.
The EFMD Programme Accreditation is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of business programmes.
– The programme accreditation from EFMD is a solid recognition of the systematic work that UiS Business School has done to improve quality in recent years. In the assessment, EFMD emphasises the high academic quality of the lecturers and the solid research-based teaching that takes place in our master's programme, says Dean Ola Kvaløy.
Attracts international students to the programme
The accreditation is a seal of quality that shows that the programme maintains a high international level. To students, this means that the education they receive will make them academically strong, increasing their employability. To employers, the accreditation gives them an indication that the candidates they recruit are well-qualified.
Study programme leader Yuko Onozaka believes that the accreditation can contribute to the programme attracting more international students.
– It is important for us to recruit good international students as they truly enrich the programme by widening our perspectives and stimulating greater learning. Having the EFMD accreditation ensures that our programme meets the international quality standards, making the programme more visible to the students we want to attract, says Onozaka.
Aim to become an internationally recognised business school
Kvaløy points out that accreditation is not just a seal of quality. The accreditation process itself is also a method for further developing the school and improving quality. EFMD demands regular re-accreditation, which means that the UiS Business School must constantly improve and show that it deserves the accreditation.
– The programme accreditation is a step towards our long-term goal of becoming an internationally recognised business school. We will also focus on receiving an institutional accreditation, says Kvaløy.
Written by: Silje Marnburg Ellefsen