Q: What is accreditation?
A: There are two types of accreditation: institutional and professional. ECBE is a professional accrediting body. We specialise in reviewing the quality and integrity of post-secondary business programmes in universities and colleges in European countries. Accreditation by ECBE is based on an international and independent evaluation of an institution's post-secondary business programmes by a group of professionals that include faculty and academic administrators in the field of business. It is a programme of continuous quality development touching on all aspects of an educational establishment.
Q: Why is it important to have accreditation?
A: The award of accreditation demonstrates to professional academics and to the public that an institution has attained an internationally recognisable level of quality allowing students, employers and parents to have confidence in the education that is being provided.
Q: What are the benefits of accreditation to an institution?
A: Support, motivation and advice to provide a dynamic quality programme of education meeting both the demands of students and the marketplace. It can also lead to an increase in demand for its courses.
Q: What is the value of accreditation for students?
A: A guarantee of a balanced quality programme resulting in an award recognised by other institutions and employers. Furthermore, it allows students to change institutions internationally while taking their course credits with them.
Q: What are the requirements?
A: An institution must have offered business programmes for at least two cohorts of graduates and demonstrably meet the criteria for accreditation as found in the ECBE accreditation standards. The institution must become a member of ECBE.
Q: What type of institution requires accreditation?
A: All institutions that have either undergraduate or graduate business programmes.
Q: What is the accreditation process?
A: The accreditation process involves an institutional "self-evaluation" producing direct and indirect evidence that the institution meets each of the accreditation standards. The self-evaluation is then audited by a group of international experts.
Q: What is involved in terms of commitment, resources and expenses?
A: To apply for accreditation an institution must be a member of ECBE. Further an institution must be committed to providing quality in all aspects of its education and management. Initially investment may be needed to meet accreditation criteria plus the time required to fulfill the self-evaluation but provided there is a commitment to quality then "extra expenses" would normally be part of the annual budget for continuous development.
Q: Which institutions are accredited?
A: A list of accredited institutions and links to their web sites is available on this site.