Worldwide, only 77 business schools hold dual EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Otago Business School is one of them.
The Otago MBA is internationally recognised, and our graduates are aligned with those from the best business schools in the world.
The University of Otago School of Business is accredited by the two leading international agencies, EQUIS and AACSB.
Business schools that are accredited by either EQUIS or AACSB, to say nothing of being accredited by both, are considered the best in the world.
MBA accreditation is an assurance that a qualification stands up to a set of rigorous standards, an indicator of exceptional quality and commitment to continual improvement to maintain that high status.
Because business operates globally, it is imperative that an accredited Master of Business Administration can be easily recognised anywhere in the world.
Accreditation is not easy
- Globally, 118 business schools have EQUIS accreditation, across 34 countries.
- Just over 600 business schools have AACSB accreditation. Only around 100 of these are outside the United States.
- Worldwide, only 77 business schools hold dual EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Otago Business School is one of them.
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) EQUIS Accreditation
EFMD is recognised internationally as an accreditation agency of quality in management education with established accreditation services for business schools. EQUIS is the accreditation given by EFMD. It assesses institutions as a whole. To become accredited as we have done, a business school or college must show a very high standard of operation across all their activities including research, executive education and business community outreach. EQUIS also places great importance on there being a high degree of internationalisation in each school.
AACSB is considered the highest and most reputable standard in business education. Members include Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago and nearly all other highly ranked and well-known schools. As of April 2011, around 600 schools have AACSB accreditation world-wide.