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HEC Paris maintains prestigious AACSB International Business Accreditation

13 May 2011

On 30 April 2011, HEC Paris received official reaccreditation for five years by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at the 2011 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in New York, USA.

HEC Paris was attributed specific recognition for its strengths in three main areas:

1) Selectivity: “HEC Paris, a stand-alone business school regarded as the premier French business school, has a growing and thriving student body and portfolio of programs that are enhancing the school’s global reach and reputation”. (…) “HEC is extremely attractive to applicants, particularly in the MSc and PhD markets such that it achieves, in some programs, very high yield rates among highly qualified candidates”. (…) “A new agreement with the Qatar Foundation opens the opportunity for a new frontier of programs and business in the Middle East”.

2) Research: “There has been a dramatic transformation of the culture of the school, to one with global research aspirations and accomplishments. This was driven by a strategic decision in the late 90’s, and the supporting resources, to add a vast number of young and active research-oriented faculty”. (…) “The school has also been successful in absorbing and acculturating the new talent into the traditions and values of HEC”.

3) International outreach: “The school has developed a rich network of global partnerships with prestigious schools including some of the leading global business schools, and has dramatically expanded the global learning opportunities available to its students. Some of these partnerships are quite innovative. The school derives positive halo from affiliation with these prestigious global partners.”

HEC Paris Dean, Bernard Ramanantsoa said that “It is an honor to receive this prestigious reaccreditation from AACSB. At HEC Paris, we are proud of the high quality teaching and research across all our programs, and will continue to hold e xcellence as an objective in all that we undertake.”

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.


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