Helping set the standard for education in management

Two Bachelor programmes at AMSIBInternational Business and Management Studies (IBMS) and International Business and Languages (IBL) – were recently awarded the coveted EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) accreditation. EPAS-accredited courses are recognised for their academic quality, rigour and consistently high level of services.

The EPAS Accreditation Board is made up of representatives from high-profile academic institutions and organisations – each one a stakeholder in the continuous improvement of education in business management. Together, the committee take a comprehensive look at applicants’ courses, schools and campuses – gathering data from student and staff interviews, as well as peer-reviewed reports. Of course, only programmes that demonstrate the highest level of quality receive the accreditation.  

“[EPAS accreditation] helps us to better position the AUAS in the competitive international landscape of higher education and keeps us relevant,” said AMSIB dean John Sterk. “It demands us to take a hard look at the quality and added value of our programmes to students and the larger community.”

Good news for students and staff

But what does this mean for the students of these courses? Naturally, when recruiters and employers see that an applicant has graduated from an EPAS-accredited course, they can be confident that the standard of education is high, research-based and relevant to the labour market.  

On top of this, accredited universities typically attract new partners. These new partnerships will give current and future AMSIB students new chances to study abroad and attract even more international students to Amsterdam, adding to the city’s already great talent pool.

The partnerships can also benefit the university’s staff, giving them greater opportunities for mobility, academic collaboration and professional development. AMSIB will be accredited until 2020, when the school will reapply.