The College of Economics & Political Science is intending to obtain an Accreditation Body from EQUIS, which was founded in 1997 by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) based in Brussels. EQUIS was established to accredit Business Schools and since 1997 has accredited 149 Business Schools in 40 Countries.
In order to be successful in achieving EQUIS Accreditation, our College will have to demonstrate the achievement of high standards in a number of specified areas. The EQUIS requirements for Accreditation are detailed and it will take the College probably three to four years to prove that it meets EQUIS Standards and Requirements. The process of obtaining EQUIS Accreditation will require co-operation and commitment over this time-frame from all academic and administrative Staff.
For that case the College arranged a College Retreat on the 14th March 2015 held at Al-Bustan Palace with a Guest of Honor Professor Michael Osbaldeston, who is the Director of Quality Services at EFMD in Brussels, and who is an expert on the requirements of EQUIS. The Retreat provided an excellent opportunity for us all to learn and understand important aspects of EQUIS processes and requirements and discussed issues with Professor Michael.
The retreat was opened by a welcome speech by Dr. Saeed Al Muharrami, Dean of the College, in which he summarized the steps taken in the past year by the College in preparation for accreditation. This was followed by the Chair of the Accreditation Committee, Dr. Colin Jones, who introduced the guest speaker, Prof. Osbaldeston. Prof. Osbaldiston spoke about EFMD and the EQUIS accreditation, focusing on its standards and requirements, and this was concluded with a question and answer session where participants raised issues and obtained clarifications. After a coffee break, the participants organized themselves according to their Departments, and engaged in a workshop session designed to evaluate program objectives and learning outcomes in terms of EQUIS standards.
The College Retreat was useful, interesting, and informative. Additionally, it provided opportunities to socialize with colleagues because of the Workshop Groups that were made in that day. The focus of the Workshops was to concentrate on Programmes. It was very important that members of the Academic and Administrative Staff understand what they and their Departments must achieve if the College is to successfully gain EQUIS Accreditation.