June 28, 2016 08:00 ET

EQUIS Business School Accreditation Awarded to Catolica Porto Business School and ESSCA

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - June 28, 2016) -

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and ESSCA École de Management which have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

This takes the number of accredited schools to 163 across 40 countries.

"Católica Porto Business School takes pride in achieving its first EQUIS accreditation. It gives us immense satisfaction to know that the work carried out during the last 15 years - aimed at the sustainable development of Católica Porto Business School, anchored in strong corporate relations and students' skills development - is recognised internationally. The EQUIS accreditation process - especially the in-depth assessment carried out by the EFMD, along with the school's self-assessment - were essential elements to highlight the school's distinctive factors as well as what is needed to go further in 3 years' time, providing, at the same time, the focus and the motivation to get there," declared Prof. Sofia Salgado Pinto, Dean of the Católica Porto Business School.

Prof. Catherine Leblanc, Dean & General Director of ESSCA, shared her enthusiasm: "The award of this accreditation is the fruit of the collective success of our team, of our students, of our graduates and of our corporate and institutional partners. It strengthens the path we have chosen: We are expanding, we are innovating, using new technologies without losing sight of what is essential. Technological progress can only be at man's disposal. In an ever moving and highly competitive environment for higher education in management, our action is in keeping with our educational tradition of accompanying our students towards their own personal and professional success while remaining true to our founding values."

EFMD is delighted to announce that further twelve institutions have been successfully reaccredited by EQUIS. Please read here what the Deans of the reaccredited business schools said about the achievement.

Prof. Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: "We are delighted to welcome two new schools into the community of EQUIS accredited schools, which now includes 163 institutions from 40 countries worldwide. I would like to also congratulate the schools that have gone through the reaccreditation process. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against a set of international standards in terms of governance, programmes, faculty, students, research, and foremost, corporate connections, internationalisation and ethics, responsibility and sustainability. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and all the schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis.

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