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Quality and Accreditations

The ZHAW School of Management and Law (ZHAW SML) invests in continuous internal quality development and has its services externally accredited on a regular basis. These accreditations are proof of quality and a valuable quality instrument in one.

Universities are specialist organizations. Experts orient them­selves primarily to their specialist field and operate within their scientific communities. These scientific networks have specific, established mechanisms for assessing and recognizing performance and quality. This makes them an authoritative frame of reference for research and teaching at a university. However, quality at the ZHAW SML is not only provided by individuals alone, but also in an organizational context. Parameters, resources and infrastructure, management culture, and regulatory processes determine the possibilities and limits of action and thereby influence the quality of all services provided at the university. For this reason, not only teaching, research, continuing education, and services are subject to quality assurance and development, but also governance and resources.

Quality management at the ZHAW SML pools the diverse efforts of decentralized quality development and aligns them with the goals of the university. The Quality Management Staff Unit develops and establishes appropriate instruments for this purpose and supports the departments in their quality assurance and development. Through participatory processes and quality discourse, the staff unit encourages the broadest possible support for development. Various platforms, contact persons, and committees enable all members of the ZHAW SML to become involved, to be heard, and to participate in university development and quality discourse.

Accreditation According to the Higher Education Act

In Switzerland, institutional accreditation according to the Swiss Higher Education Act is a mandatory prerequisite for the right to be designated a “Hochschule” (university). As part of this procedure, the quality assurance system of the university is reviewed. The ZHAW-wide quality assurance system, in which the ZHAW SML is embedded, is defined by the ZHAW 2015-2025 Quality Strategy.

Informed peer reviews of all quality areas within the university form a central component of this system. This process combines internal and external evaluation into a participatory quality discourse. Individual centers and departments, as well as the President’s Office and Finance & Services at ZHAW, implement this quality strategy and contribute to the ongoing development of a university-wide quality assurance system.

“Accreditation agencies require universities to provide evidence of their quality development - at regular intervals. This means that the ZHAW SML is continuously accountable for its activities and is evaluated by international peers.”

Dr. Regula Imhof, ZHAW SML Head of Quality Management

AACSB

In 2015, the ZHAW SML became the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to be awarded the AACSB label by AACSB International -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is regarded as the leading international agency for the accreditation of business schools and certifies excellence in research and teaching. Only around five percent of all business schools worldwide bear their seal of quality.

AACSB accreditation guarantees ZHAW SML students, employees, and collaboration partners an ideal framework in which to operate. This includes:

 

 

The ZHAW SML reports various key figures to AACSB on an annual basis, and a continuous improvement review is carried out every five years. These processes ensure that the ZHAW SML continues to meet high standards and is continually striving for improvement.

AACSB accreditation enables the very best students at the ZHAW SML to become members of the Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma. Further informations can be found here: SML Collegiate Chapter

 

 

FIBAA Program Accreditation

All ZHAW SML Bachelor's and Master's programs are accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) on a voluntary basis. In 2003, the ZHAW SML was also the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to gain recognition according to international criteria.

The latest FIBAA reports are linked below:

 

 

 

 

FIBAA awards its premium seal to established study programs that demonstrate excellent quality in study and teaching as part of the accreditation process. With this special award, the agency assures prospective students, current students, graduates, universities, and the labor market of the out­standing quality of the ZHAW SML degree programs. The Bachelor's degree programs in both Business Administration and Information Technology achieved premium seal status in 2019.

Details of the principles for awarding the FIBAA Premium Seal can be found here.

The reports are linked below: