Accreditation & PRME

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UNSW Business School’s international and professional accreditation initiatives help ensure our education programs and research are delivered at a world-class standard. We hold two of the world's leading business school accreditations: AACSB and EQUIS. These are complemented by accreditations from recognised professional bodies.

  • UNSW Business School also holds accreditation from the US-based AACSB International. Globally, almost 900 business institutions in 60 countries and territories have earned AACSB Accreditation.

    Initially accredited in 2013, we were awarded a further five-year AACSB accreditation for excellence in business education in 2019. This achievement was the result of an extensive self-review and an international peer evaluation against rigorous criteria and standards. 

    The Business School was commended for areas that demonstrate leadership and high-quality continuous improvement in management. These included: 

    • The Business School’s Research Networks Scheme, which supports and promotes core areas of research 
    • BusinessThink: our free online business journal 
    • The dual focus on teaching and research, supported by a strong program of internal research and teaching innovation grants 
    • Robust curriculum review processes that lead to innovation that is grounded in evidence about student, subject, and program performance 
  • EQUIS accreditation is awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and benchmarks business and management schools against best-practice international standards. There are currently 204 EQUIS accredited schools across the globe. 

    In June 2020, the Business School was awarded accreditation for 5 years– for the third consecutive time. The EQUIS peer review team commended the School for excelling in three key areas:

    • The quality of its Bachelor in Commerce (International), the selected programme
    • The strong research culture and the quality of its research output
    • A general commitment to ethics, responsibility and sustainability, especially in relation to community outreach (Indigenous communities and low SES groups) and the activities of the Centre for Social Impact.

    Our program delivery, international practice connections and financial performance were all considered to be above standard.

  • The Business School acknowledges the importance of educating future leaders in responsible business practice and is committed to the United Nations (UN) Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

    As a signatory to the UN PRME since 2010, the Business School submits a Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report every two years. These reports provide a snapshot of our progress against the six PRME themes, across the areas of teaching, research and engagement.

    The UNSW Business School 2021 PRME SIP Report is now available. It highlights the tremendous accomplishments of the Business School and broader University in delivering against both the PRME and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This and previous reports are also available on the PRME website.

  • A number of degree programs and course combinations offered by the Business School have been accredited and/or are recognised by professional organisations. They include the following:

    • Australian Computer Society (ACS) – Bachelor of Information Systems (+ BIS Co-op)
    • Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) – Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce with HRM majors
    • CPA Australia & Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) – Bachelor of Commerce (+ most BCom dual degrees) with an Accounting major; Master of Professional Accounting
    • Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) – Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce with Finance majors; Graduate Diploma and Masters of Financial Planning
    • Institute of Actuaries of Australia – Bachelor of Actuarial Studies (+ dual degrees and Co-op); Master of Actuarial Studies
    • Society of Actuaries (UEC program: FM, SRM) - Master of Actuarial Studies (Extension)
    • SAS Certification – For PG students completing a suite of 4 recognised business analytics courses

    For further details, see: 
    Undergraduate Professional Recognition of Programs
    Postgraduate Professional Recognition of Programs

Contact us 

Sharyn Black  
Senior Project Officer  
T: +61 (2) 9385 5436