08 May 2020

Business students learning.jpgUniversity of South Australia (UniSA) business education and research has been awarded another significant international endorsement, earning the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) international business accreditation.

The accreditation comes hot on the heels of the announcement of UniSA’s full five year EQUIS accreditation from the leading international network for management development (EFMD).

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.  

Business schools that earn the accreditation must undergo a rigorous review process undertaken by peers in the business education community, to ensure they have the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education. The schools’ educational services are measured on a framework of 15 international standards.

Executive Dean, UniSA Business, Professor Andrew Beer says the standards provide a focus for schools to deliver on their mission, to innovate, and lift the impact of their research and education.

“As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA shares the strong AACSB focus on engagement, innovation and impact,” Prof Beer says.

“We’re extremely proud to have earned this accreditation and see it as an important milestone in our continued quality improvement.

“We look forward to working with the global AACSB network to ensure our distinctive approach continues to benefit students, businesses and society.”

AACSB Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, Stephanie M. Bryant says she is delighted to award the accreditation to UniSA.

“We congratulate University of South Australia and Executive Dean Professor Andrew Beer on earning accreditation and applaud the entire UniSA Business team - including the administration, faculty, staff, and students - for their roles in earning this respected honour,” Bryant says.

“This accreditation recognises that the University has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning.

“The University of South Australia’s commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of its dedication - not only to its students, alumni network, and greater business community, but to the entire higher education industry.”

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders, and the addition of the UniSA Business to the network of AACSB-accredited business schools will have a lasting, positive impact for the University both locally and globally.”

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education. Today, 874 institutions across 56 countries and territories maintain AACSB accreditation. 

About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB is transforming business education for a better society at aacsb.edu

 Media contacts: Michèle Nardelli phone: +61 418 823 673 or +61 8 8302 0966

email: michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au

AACSB International email:  MediaRelations@aacsb.edu

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