From a visit during the accreditation process (left-right): Associate Professor Stina Torjesen, Professor Prasad Tadepalli, Professor Jerry Tomberlin, Professor Ron Tuninga and Dean Kristin Wallevik.

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder is accepted into a prestigious network of business schools from around the world.

On February 21, the School of Business and Law was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“I would like to congratulate the University of Agder on this important milestone. This is a recognition of the long-term work with internationalisation, as well as the focus on high-quality work in all segments. An accreditation like this has great significance for the institution, the students and the staff,” says Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø.

AACSB is a global organisation, with more than 800 accredited members from 54 countries. Globally, around 18 000 institutions offer economics educational programmes at bachelor’s level or higher. Till now, BI was the only Norwegian institution with this accreditation.

An accreditation by AACSB requires a thorough, external review of the business school’s teaching, research, funding, collaboration with industry and commerce and doctoral degree programmes, and more. In addition to extensive documentation as to what the School of Business and Law does, there have also been two visits from AACSB to check that things are as the business school claims they are. The Faculty has been thoroughly assessed in order to ensure quality in all segments.

Membership of AACSB opens the doors to exciting collaboration around the world, as many institutions have a basic requirement that their collaborative partners must be accredited.

“This accreditation is very important, and it is a stamp of quality on the work being carried out at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. This is proof of the expertise,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO Cameron Sense, who is on the Board of Directors for both the university and GCE NODE.

Dean Kristin Wallevik is delighted with the accreditation.

“This process has taken us to a new level, and our university is proud of being a part of the AACSB network. We see the accreditation as proof of our ability to offer our students a world-class educational programme, and it will open many new doors for us. We are looking forward to continuing our work within this highly respected network,” says Wallevik.