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DBS EQUIS accreditation extended by five years

EQUIS review recognises DBS’s global standard and supports our ongoing evolution.

EMFD’s EQUIS accreditation is the most comprehensive institutional excellence management system for business schools globally. It was an honour to receive accreditation from them in 2019. 

But accreditations are by no means set and forget. At the end of each cycle, schools must be reviewed again under the same rigorous criteria. EFMD’s continuously updated assessment standards help to ensure schools are always evolving in their purpose, strategy and operations. 

The news that Deakin Business School has just received re-accreditation from EQUIS for five years (instead of the standard three-year renewal) is especially welcome and we see it as testament to the great strides we have taken since our initial accreditation three years ago. 

The EQUIS review takes a comprehensive look at the school’s strategy and performance across industry practice, internationalisation and ethics, responsibility and sustainability. 

Our successful result indicates that we have met top global quality standards for business schools.

Deakin Business School Dean, Professor Amanda Pyman, says, ‘We’re thrilled to receive our five-year re-accreditation. It is the result of amazing work by staff across our school and Deakin University and it strongly endorses our drive for continuous improvement; an effort supported by the entire DBS community.’

The review’s feedback highlighted DBS’s strengths in course design, delivery and student services. Professor Pyman says, ‘We’re particularly pleased to be recognised for the high rate of employability of our graduates, the strength of our student support and services and the excellence of our online course delivery in Australia and internationally.’

A major theme in the review is ethics and sustainability and EMFD recognised DBS’s successful embedding of Sustainable Development Goals into our courses and curriculum and research agenda. It has also led to us working to define our research areas to maximise impact and to establish a Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.

Professor Pyman says, ‘The emphasis by EQUIS on industry practice and ethics and sustainability helps us sharpen our focus on the positive change we can generate as educators and researchers. As a result, we have developed our four impact themes of Business and Society, Business and Technology, Capital Markets and SMEs and Entrepreneurship. These themes ensure we concentrate our expertise and aim towards better business and societal benefit.’

‘This EQUIS re-accreditation serves as an assurance to our students, our staff and our communities that we aspire to high global standards and we meet them. These standards manifest in the quality of our courses and student support, the strong relationships we build with business and industry and in our research that seeks solutions to daunting challenges. For all of these reasons we’re very proud of what this accreditation represents.’

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