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AACSB Accreditation of the ZHAW School of Management and Law Successfully Confirmed

The ZHAW School of Management and Law has passed the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) review, which takes place every five years. As a result, we remain the only Swiss university of applied sciences to hold the most important international accreditation for business schools.

The ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML) has successfully passed the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review. This means that we continue to hold the quality seal of the leading international organization for the accreditation of business schools for the coming five years. The SML has held this accolade since 2015 – one of only four Swiss business schools to date and the only one at the level of a university of applied sciences. A review by the AACSB is conducted every five years with a focus on continuous improvement in terms of established quality standards

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In November 2020, a peer review team comprising directors of other accredited institutions looked at what the SML has continued to improve since its initial accreditation. The areas assessed included, for example, the achievement of program objectives for students, compliance with the principles of responsible management education, and the school’s approach to digital transformation. The team conducted interviews with lecturers, students, staff, and SML alumni and assessed internal procedures and processes. Because of the current pandemic, the review took place virtually through video conferencing and with the help of a digital library. The peer review team was particularly impressed by the SML’s strong business community network and the diversity of subjects taught.

In addition to the AACSB accreditation, the SML has also appeared in two renowned Financial Times rankings since last year. It is 73rd in the best European business schools ranking and 64th in the global best management Master’s programs ranking with the “Master in International Business.”