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The School has successfully secured a five-year extension to its accreditation for business education programmes, awarded by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Crowning achievement

This achievement follows two further five-year extensions to the School’s accreditations awarded by EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) in 2022 and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2023. These three prestigious accreditations, collectively known as the “triple-crown”, is held by only 1% of business schools globally, positioning the School’s business education programmes among the best and most reputable in the world. 

 Professor Cathy Cassell, Executive Dean of Durham University Business School, said:  

 “The AACSB re-accreditation, when added to our existing AMBA and EQUIS accreditations, is testimony to our position as a leading international business school. These awards demonstrate the School’s excellence across our key strategic areas of research, education and student experience, and our commitment to continuous improvement. Holding such accreditations assures applicants worldwide we offer them a truly valuable and diverse educational experience.” 

 “As we approach the School’s 60th anniversary in 2025, we are delighted to receive this distinguished and continuing recognition from AACSB, which serves to highlight our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of teaching and research." 

Quality Commitment 

The AACSB re-accreditation demonstrates the School is committed to upholding, and advancing, the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate education. The AACSB peer review team commended the School’s “extensive support for faculty” and its employment of “a range of mechanisms to ensure that all staff maintain currency and relevancy in their teaching and in their engagement with practice, regardless of their position and experience.” 

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden at Durham University, said:  

“Retaining triple AACSB re-accreditation further confirms the School’s long standing reputation for quality in the global business education community.  

Of particular note is the commendation from the review panel on the way the School embeds inclusivity in operations, curriculum and extra-curricular activities. It is also pleasing to see the acknowledgement of the collegiality and supportive culture of the faculty and staff.  My thanks to all those who have worked hard for a successful outcome.”

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