Björn Kjellander
Director of Quality and Accreditation
+46 36 - 10 18 96

Double accreditation

In 2015, JIBS became the first business school in Sweden to recieve both EQUIS and AACSB accreditations. Only about two hundred (or about 1 percent) of the world's business schools have this double accreditation.

Recieving the accreditations required a comprehensive external review of education, research and administration. These accreditations are a quality mark that enables the school to attract highly qualified international students and faculty. It also means that the students, after completing their education, will get even more power in their applications for attractive jobs. For JIBS the accreditations also broaden the opportunities of mutual learning, quality improvement and future development.

EQUIS 20 anniversary logo


JIBS became EQUIS accredited in March 2015. EQUIS is an international system for quality assurance of higher education in business, aiming to raise the standard of management education worldwide. EQUIS is governed by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), which is an independent not-forprofit network organization open to companies as well as universities.

Further information about EQUIS

2017 represents an important landmark for EQUIS, which celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over the last 20 years, this accreditation has become widely recognised by potential students, employers and the business education industry. Thus, we are happy to celebrate EQUIS for this important achievement and of being part of this international community.

EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole, and looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. Around 100 different quality indicators are reviewed in the EQUIS process. One such indicator, which weighs heavily in accreditation decisions, is internationalization: how far the school has advanced in the process of internationalization. EQUIS also attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.

Accreditation involves a business school's operations being periodically scrutinized in a systematic manner, so EQUIS is also a vital tool for JIBS' ongoing quality-control efforts.


JIBS also has the AACSB accreditation. The AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programmes, and other critical areas.

Further information about AACSBexternal link, opens in new window

To be accredited, a school must be a member of AACSB International and offer degree-granting programs in business or management. Once it is determined that a school has the potential to be accredited, it works with mentors, committees, and AACSB staff to develop a Standards Alignment Plan. Once a school follows through with its alignment plan and meets the AACSB standards, review committees and the AACSB Board of Directors decide whether or not a school should be accredited. AACSB accreditation ensures that the business school is providing a top-quality education and future employers that its graduates are ready to perform from day one.

Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.

Content updated 2016-03-21

Content updated 2016-03-21
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