The English-language International Business Administration Bachelor’s Programme at the Estonian Business School passed the EPAS accreditation and quality control and was awarded one of the most prestigious certificates for business schools; no other Estonian university has been accredited by EPAS.
The EBS programme was awarded the EPAS accreditation for the first time in 2016; in 2019, the programme passed the committee’s quality check once again. All EPAS accredited business and management programmes offer a global perspective and high-quality studies.
“The EPAS accreditation certifies that our economics programmes meet the quality standards of top international universities,” Arno Almann, the rector of EBS, said in a statement. “Such international recognition ensures that our quality of studies and curricula developments are globally competitive and that graduates of the EBS get an education comparable to that of the most prestigious business schools in the world.”
A rigorous process
The EBS study programme was assessed in a rigorous process that considered its position at a local and international level, the content and evaluation criteria of the curriculum, students’ results, lecturers’ suitability and the graduates’ later paths in life.
The assessment highlighted the cooperation between the EBS faculty of economics and various enterprises and a willingness to react to the market’s needs as the school’s strengths. It was also pointed out that the EBS had very high-quality international partners and student exchange programmes. The recognised programme is one of the oldest and most popular curricula of the EBS, so far completed by over 2,000 people from nine countries.
The EBS is in a good company – universities such as the University of Vaasa, Oxford Brookes University, Glasgow Caledonian University, the EDC Paris Business School, the University of Strasbourg and Bologna University Business School also offer EPAS accredited programmes.
The issuer of the accreditation is the European Foundation for Management Development, a non-profit organisation with 900 members from the academic, business, public and consultation sectors of 91 countries dedicated to developing business and management education. So far, 113 programmes from 82 educational institutions have been awarded the EPAS accreditation.
The EBS, established in 1988, is the oldest private university in Estonia. It currently has 1,500 students.
Cover: The graduation of EBS students in 2019.