The accreditation process

Benefits of accreditation Accreditation and reaccreditation process Decision by BoC

Appeal procedure Annual Programme Report Accreditation Timeline


Accreditation and reaccreditation process

The ECBE Member can initiate a process of accreditation for study programmes in economics, business, management and related fields. 

Accreditation is based upon:

  • self-evaluation of the ECBE Member institution and its programme(s);
  • a review visit monitoring the institution and reviewing processes of the ECBE Member;
  • a review visit report by ECBE;
  • a consistent follow-up procedure (ECBE Annual Programme Report).

The accreditation of a programme normally involves stages 1, 2 and 3, while the re-accreditation comprises of steps 2 and 3.

Stage 1

The ECBE Member institution submits an application together with the initial documentation for accreditation to ECBE. Following a review, a decision to allow progression immediately, or later to stage 2 is then taken by the ECBE Director of Accreditation.

Stage 2

The relevant officers of the applicant organisation conduct a programme self-evaluation review, based upon the guidelines provided by ECBE and submit a Self-Evaluation Report, SER, to the Chairperson of reviewers.  At this point the Chairperson of reviewers decides when it is appropriate for the applicant institution to progress to the third and final stage.

Stage  3

An external review team, chaired by the Chairperson of the Review Team (CoRT), which is appointed by the Chairperson of Reviewers makes a site visit to the applicant ECBE Member institution and conducts a critical review of the self-evaluation. The CoRT is responsible for drawing up the review visit report with an assessment of compliance to each and every standard and overall compliance. Normally within 4 weeks of the end of the visit, the CoRT will send a draft report, requesting the applicant institution to identify factual errors within one week. The ECBE visiting team reviews the institution’s responses and agrees on the alterations, if any, which are to be made. The review visit final report is prepared by the team, CoRT sends a copy to the ECBE Chairperson of reviewers.

Should applicant still have comments on the final report, these may be submitted to the ECBE’s Board of Commissioners (or directly to the Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners).



ECBE's 2019 Conference


Digital transformations
in Business Education
Brussels, May 24th - May 25th, 2019

Pre conference seminar:
ENQA Registration and ECBE 2.0:
Future Oriented Accreditation
in a Global Perspective
Brussels, May 23rd, 2019

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ENQA registration process

  • 28/05/2019: EQAR confirms that the application by ECBE for inclusion on the Register is eligible
  • 14/05/2019: ECBE submits the application for EQAR registration
  • 15/04/2019: ENQA and ECBE agree on the full membership time-line; contract is signed
  • 14/01/2019: The General Meetings in Brussels approve the new Statutes
  • 27/12/2018: The BoD sends out answers on the questions and remarks from Members regarding the new Statutes
  • 04/12/2018: The BoD convokes the Special and Extraordinary General Meetings to discuss and agree upon the new Statutes 
  • 30/11/2018: The BoD agreed on the new Statutes of the Agency, in line with ENQA regulations

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Important decisions

  • 07/06/2019: The BoD approves the Bye-Laws, version 2.2
  • 25/05/2019: The BoD prolongs the contract with the DoA and the DoFA for a period of 3 years
  • 25/05/2019: The BoD confirms Paris as the location for the Annual Conference 2020, May 2020
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD approves the Bye-Laws, version 2.0
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD approves the Stage0 procedure about Membership of Members with programmes notified for accreditation
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD welcomes Prof. Marc Van Gastel, Belgium, as the key-note speaker at the Annual Conference
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD confirms the status of Member with Programmes Notified for Accreditation of Swiss School of Higher Education
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD confirms the status of Member with Programmes Notified for Accreditation of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

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