Bradford University School of Management
, consistently ranked as one of Europe's top 50 business schools, has achieved the coveted triple crown of approval by the world's three major accreditation bodies.
In December 2012, Bradford gained accreditation from the AACSB, adding to its accreditations from EQUIS and AMBA.
Accreditation has become a vital part of how business schools guarantee the quality of their programmes and faculty. While researching MBA programs you might stumble upon the term "triple accreditation".
Triple accreditation refers to the fact that a business school has earned accreditation from three of the most reputable accreditation agencies: AACSB, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in Tampa, Florida; AMBA, The Association of MBAs, based in London; and EQUIS, European Quality Improvement System, based in Brussels.
Triple accreditation ensures that you are going to a school which has a top quality MBA curriculum that has been reviewed by business education experts, and that meets industry requirements.
EQUIS and AACSB look at and accredit the school as a whole, considering issues including resources, quality of faculty and programmes. AMBA accredits individual MBA programs rather than the school as a whole.
Many of the world's top business schools are not triple-accredited since accreditation is a process that business schools volunteer for. As of April 2012, there were only 57 triple-accredited schools in the world.
The mainadvantage of accreditation is that it's a framework for measuring and comparing the quality of business schools and MBA programmes, in addition to their brand.
In awarding its kitemark to Bradford University School of Management
, AACSB particularly praised the school for the quality of its programmes and research; its international operations in Europe, the Middle East, India and Far East; and for its relationships with and support for alumni.
John J. Fernandes,Ppresident and chief executive officer of AACSB International said, "This represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. Dean Dixon and the faculty, directors and staff are to be commended for their role in earning accreditation."
Dr Sarah Dixon, Dean of the School, said: “This American kitemark ... is particularly important for worldwide student recruitment and assures them that we are world-leading in all aspects of our business education.
"The assessors were impressed with our global campus, which as an example means that students can study different modules of their MBA in Manila, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Perugia and Bradford. AACSB praised our strategy to help students and businesses develop new, sustainable business models for the future."
Most business schools are accredited to some level, so it is worth asking an unaccredited school why they are not.