In 2015, JIBS became the first business school in Sweden to receive both EQUIS and AACSB accreditations.

Recieving the accreditations required a comprehensive external review of education, research and administration. These accreditations are a quality mark that enables the school to attract highly qualified international students and faculty. It also means that the students, after completing their education, will get even more power in their applications for attractive jobs. For JIBS the accreditations also broaden the opportunities of mutual learning, quality improvement and future development.


Björn Kjellander
Director of Quality and Accreditation
+46 36 - 10 18 96


In 2015, JIBS became the first Swedish institution to receive AACSB accreditation. As part of a continuous review process, all AACSB-accredited schools undergo a review every 5 years. This process signals that JIBS has documented continuous improvements in support of its stated mission and strategic management plan to sustain AACSB accreditation status.

The most recent review at JIBS was in November 2020, and in January 2021 the AACSB board of directors decided to award the school with a further 5 years of accreditation.

Any action items identified by the visiting AACSB international peer-review teams are followed up in JIBS in its annual strategy work and form part of the school’s annual action plans.

AACSB is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. For both academics and global corporations, it is considered the gold standard of business school accreditation. To receive accreditation, a school must be a member of AACSB International and offer degree-granting programs in business or management.

Achieving AACSB Accreditation is a rigorous process. Each accreditation standard assesses a school's ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning.

AACSB accreditation ensures that the business school is providing a top-quality education and for future employers it’s a sign that graduates are ready to perform from day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.

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JIBS became EQUIS accredited in March 2015 with an initial three-year accreditation. In 2018, JIBS received a renewed accreditation of five more years.

Accreditation involves a business school's operations being periodically scrutinized in a systematic manner. This means that EQUIS is a vital tool for JIBS' ongoing quality-control efforts. Since re-accreditation in 2018, JIBS has pursued a continuous improvement development plan agreed with the EQUIS Office. This forms an important part of the school’s strategy work and annual action plans. In order to maintain EQUIS accreditation, JIBS will undergo a new process of re-accreditation in 2023.

EQUIS is an international system for quality assurance of higher education in business, aiming to raise the standard of management education worldwide. EQUIS is governed by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), which is an independent not-for-profit network organization open to companies as well as universities.

EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole and looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. Around 100 different quality indicators are reviewed in the EQUIS process. One such indicator, which weighs heavily in accreditation decisions, is internationalization: how far the school has advanced in the process of internationalization. EQUIS also attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.

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