AACSB Peer Review a eu lieu à la VŠE

The Peer Review for AACSB accreditation took place at VŠE from November 13 till November 15, 2023. AACSB is a global network of prestigious business schools, which currently have 1,850 members. VŠE became a member of AACSB in 2016 and immediately started steps to obtain institutional accreditation. After the approval of the Eligibility application, a demanding accreditation process followed. In 2018, we sent the Initial Accreditation Report; in 2019, 2020, and 2021, VŠE submitted three Progress reports, and the last Final report VŠE submitted in May 2023.

The written reports were followed by a visit by the Peer Review Team at VŠE. Peer Review team members were prof. Timo Korkeamäki (Finland), dean of AALTO Business School, dr. Marylin Wiley (USA), dean, G. Brint Ryan College of Business, University of North Texas; and prof. Reto Steiner (Switzerland), dean, Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The visit consisted of personal interviews with academic staff, students, employees, and main stakeholders (most of whom were VŠE graduates). There were discussions on 15 set topics with 121 representatives of VŠE and 13 stakeholders, with whom the PRT discussed during an informal dinner in the Academic Club.

The VŠE management and the deans of all six faculties were invited to the debrief. The PRT identified the strengths and weaknesses of the VŠE and appreciated the course and organization of its visit to the VŠE and very positively evaluated the collegial atmosphere that prevailed throughout the evaluation. The final award of accreditation will be the decision of the Accreditation Committee. The Committee meets in the American city of Tampa, Florida, three times a year (in February, April, and July). The final decision should, therefore, be known in 2024.

Currently, 808 Business Schools hold AACSB accreditation, of which 201 are from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, 183 from the Asia Pacific region, and 424 were awarded in the Americas. AACSB accreditation is granted for five years.