BI Norwegian Business School is the only Norwegian business school that has received the three most prestigious international accreditations.
The accreditations are proof of BI's rigorous standards. Less than 1 % of business schools worldwide have achieved triple accreditation, BI is part of a very exclusive group. Schools that achieve all three of these accreditations are called Triple Crown Schools.
What does this mean for you?
As a student, the triple accreditation means that:
- Your degree will be recognised and valued all over the world, thus increasing your employability
- Your education holds high academic and ethical standards, and meets the demands of the labour market
- Your learning process at BI is supported by a team of high quality teachers
- Your opportunity to experience extra-curricular activities is world class
As an employer, the triple accreditation means that:
- Graduates with a degree from BI will have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet your needs
- The content of BI's academic programmes is constantly updated and developed, in alignment with the expectations of employers globally.
- Our academic programmes are supported by high quality research and have an international perspective.
The accreditation bodies
Our accreditation has been awarded by the world's leading and most respected accreditation bodies:
- European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS) – Awarded in 1999
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – Awarded in 2014
- Association of MBAs (AMBA) – Awarded in 2013
- Online Course Certification System (EOCCS) - Awarded in 2016
- The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) - Awarded in 2008
The accreditation bodies are continuously following up to ensure that we fulfil their high requirements at all times.
Three accreditations are especially important for a business schools with international ambitions: the European EQUIS (European Quality Improvement Systems), the American AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the British AMBA (The Association of MBAs ).
Schools with all three are called "Triple Crown" schools, and they are in a class of their own among international business schools. In 2013, about 70 of an approximate total of 15 500 business schools globally, could pride themselves on a Triple Crown status.
BI has had EQUIS accreditation since 1999 and was among the first to obtain this status. Accreditation is given for a maximum period of five years and re-accreditation was bestowed upon BI in 2004/05, in 2010 and then again in 2015. The requirements that have to be met are raised each time and it is no "walk over" to be reaccredited based on former merits.
BI was accepted as a member of AACSB in 2008 and has since worked actively towards accreditation. The process differs from that of EQUIS. The school is expected to mature to a level worthy of accreditation, before a final evaluation is made by an expert committee. The process is therefore extensive and can take up 7 years. BI was visited by an AACSB expert committee in January 2014, and in May the Board of AACSB awarded BI with accreditation.
AMBA is an accreditation of the institution's MBA/DBA programmes (full-time/part-time). BI has recently devoted considerable time to restructuring and developing our executive MBA programmes. BI was awarded AMBA accreditation in November 2013.
The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is one of the largest international networks in management development in the world. EFMD plays an important role in shaping an international approach to management education and is an important forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management training. The network includes more than 800 member institutions in over 80 countries.
EOCCS is an accreditation that is designed and owned by EFMD. The accreditation was granted for the first time this year and is the only international accreditation of its kind. Based on an extensive application and review process, the accreditation is awarded to operators in the categories of Business Schools and Corporate Institutions / Universities.
In 2008 the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT, granted Specialised University Institution status to BI. This is the single-most important decision with strategic impact in the recent history of BI and a sign of recognition and final endorsement by its peers of BI as a bona fide-high quality academic institution. NOKUT also has the responsibility to review the institution´s quality assurance system for educational programmes. BI's quality assurance system was accredited in 2004 and given new approval in 2011.
These bodies have extensively assessed:
- our programmes and student environment
- the quality of our staff
- our international engagement
- our ability to continually maintain and improve the high standard necessary