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January 13 2011

UniSA’s business education again earns EQUIS quality standard

Pro Vice Chancellor Gerry Griffin welcomes EQUIS accreditationThe University of South Australia’s Division of Business has once again successfully met the demanding standards of the European Foundation for Management Development – earning its European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.
Following 10 months of intensive work preparing the required Self Assessment Report and the subsequent visit by an international Peer Review Team, which met with more than 200 individuals from the University and representatives of the corporate sector, UniSA has been awarded EQUIS accreditation for a further three years.
Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Business, Professor Gerry Griffin says UniSA takes pride in maintaining the highest quality in its business education programs.
“We were the second University in Australia to achieve EQUIS standards and we have continued to earn that hallmark,” Prof Griffin said.
“This is more than an accreditation. It shows we have a commitment to quality and quality improvement in all that we do and in how we plan for the future. The Peer Review Team report provides the Division with signposts on how and where we can make further improvements.”
EQUIS is a quality improvement system that has established standard criteria against which it measures a business schools’ performance in governance and strategy, the quality of programs, the faculty, research, development and innovation, executive education, contribution to the community, internationalisation and corporate relationships.
The Peer Review Team for UniSA comprised of three international experts from business schools in universities in UK, Brazil and Canada.
Prof Griffin says the EQUIS accreditation is particularly important for students who want to be sure they are accessing a quality business education.
“Approval and accreditation from EQUIS is important for students’ job prospects, especially in the international context” he said. The EQUIS process of review is thorough and wide ranging and a real measure of the quality of teaching and research, the commitment of lecturers and professional staff and the significance the institution places on maintaining relevant education closely connected with the world of business and informed by research.
“We are delighted to have again matched the very high quality standards set down by EQUIS.” 

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