As a result of several years of hard work the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder has become member of an exclusive global network of business schools. On February 21 the school was awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
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“I would like to congratulate the University of Agder on reaching this important milestone. This is a recognition of the hard work accomplished by the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder over many years not only in the area of internationalisation, but also in terms of overall quality assurance. This accreditation is of great importance to the institution, students and faculty” Iselin Nybø, Minister of Research and Higher Education.
AACSB is a global network comprising more than 800 accredited business schools in 54 countries. There are more than 18,000 institutions worldwide offering undergraduate or graduate study programmes in economics and business administration. BI is the only other institution in Norway with an AACSB accreditation.
The AACSB accreditation is granted on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of the school’s education, research, funding, interaction with business partners, PhD programmes in addition to a number of other criteria. The School of Business and Law has submitted substantial documentation and has received two visits from AACSB representatives to ensure that the information provided is correct. The school has undergone a thorough quality check of all aspects of its activities.
“My impression is that School of Business and Law has many excellent lecturers and researchers who are committed to ensuring that we receive high quality education and that we are granted a degree we can be proud of. This accreditation confirms that my impression is correct” says Kristina Ågedal, student in the Accounting and Auditing graduate programme.
AACSB membership opens many opportunities for cooperation across the world, as many institutions require that their partner schools be accredited. The School of Business and Law cannot rest on its laurels. The accreditation is to be renewed every five years.
"This accreditation is extremely important, and it proves the quality of the work conducted at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. It is a token of the high level of competence of the people working there as well as the students who graduate from the school" says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of Cameron Sense, Kristiansand.
Dean Kristin Wallevik is delighted with the accreditation:
“This process has taken us to the next level, and our university is proud of being a part of the AACSB network. We consider this accreditation proof of our ability to offer our students world class education and it will open many new opportunities for us. We look forward to continuing our endeavours with in this renowned network. “