Meaningful research, empowered students, and quality education are phrases that describe the University of Canterbury’s (UC) Business School and are all strengths that have led EFMD Global to grant the school EQUIS re-accreditation.
As the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools, EQUIS re-accreditation is a welcome achievement for the UC Business School, particularly as the University approaches its 150th Anniversary.
Amo Matua | Executive Dean of Business, Professor Paul Ballantine is pleased to see the UC Business School continue to hold the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ of international business school accreditations – having also achieved AACSB and AMBA accreditations.
“Business is more than just having a shareholder or profit focus, it’s about creating a sustainable future and engaging with our community. The UC Business School provides accessible education to support this, and I believe we will continue to evolve as the world of business requires it,” Professor Ballantine says.
“I am certain that the school’s strength in research and teaching with a focus in sustainability and innovation are key factors that have contributed to receiving EQUIS reaccreditation and continuing to be recognised globally because of its ‘triple crown’ accreditations.”
With a strong international research culture, UC Business School researchers have cited work in diverse fields including sustainable marketing and tourism, sustainability accounting and reporting, and environmental economics, sustainable food systems, climate change and carbon neutrality, and global environmental change.
This research leads teaching in the UC Business School, with Commerce students critically considering how they can approach their assignments with a sustainable stance – regardless of whether they are working towards a major in Accounting or Management.
The University recently ranked in the Top 50 universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This reflects UC’s commitment to sustainability action across research, education, engagement and operations.
About the University of Canterbury Business School
In the Business of Making a Difference, the UC Business School offers a range of qualifications that prepare students for life in the fast-paced and dynamic business world. The school maintains strong connections with the corporate world as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors.
These ties ensure teaching is always grounded in current business practice and that students benefit from networks, expert input, and the chance to undertake internships and projects in partner organisations.
About the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
EQUIS is one of the leading international systems of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is managed and run by EFMD and its fundamental objective, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide. EQUIS provides an excellent framework for assessing quality in highly diverse institutional and cultural contexts.
- It is acknowledged worldwide by potential students, faculty, employers, corporate clients and the media, often being a pre-requisite for entry to rankings.
- It covers all the activities of the school, including degree and non-degree programmes, knowledge generation and contribution to the community.
- EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking the school against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as engagement with the world of practice.