CURRENT REVIEWS

European Council for Business Education (ECBE)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish January 2021.

Background and context

The European Council for Business Education (ECBE) is an international not-for-profit organisation, with a long tradition. It is committed to supporting quality improvements of academic and professional learning institutions in economics, business, management and related fields. ECBE is the legal successor of The European Council for Business Education asbl, founded in Brussels on November 6th, 2004, and dissoluted by a decision of the General Assembly on May 24th, 2013; namely, in Barcelona, on May 2012, the Founding Assembly of the ECBE has formed the accreditation agency and has agreed upon the Statutes of ECBE. All members of the old association became automatically members of ECBE. The Agency falls under the provisions of Title III (Des associations internationals sans but lucratif) of the Belgian law of June 27, 1921, concerning the non-profit associations, the international non-profit associations and the foundations, modified by the Law of May 22, 2002 and all later changes. ECBE’s mission is to support higher and further education institutions and professional training organisations to develop outstanding, innovative programmes in the field of economics, business, management and related fields, which will help students to develop the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in today’s dynamic global economy. All types of academic and professional programmes are supported within the framework of a commitment to lifelong learning throughout Europe and in non-European countries.

The main activities of ECBE are:

  1. Evaluation and accreditation of study programmes in the field of Economics, Business, Management and related fields.
  2. Performing follow-up procedures to foster the continuous quality improvement of study programmes.
  3. Performing analyses, carrying out research and participation in projects, events and activities, that are related to the quality assurance in higher education.
  4. Public Communication: the Public Communication includes publishing information at the ECBE website about the evaluation processes, events, publications etc.
  5. Providing the necessary information and support: the necessary information and support for institutions and other stakeholders, that particularly includes organising seminars and conferences for ECBE members and other stakeholders.
  6. Participation in the international networks and projects.

There are two main external quality assurance activities of ECBE:

  1. Evaluation and accreditation of study programmes in the field of Economics, Business, Management and related fields.
  2. Performing follow-up procedures to foster the continuous quality improvement of study programmes.

The scope and purposes of these activities are to support higher and all further educational institutions in their endeavours of quality improvements in development and implementation of the higher educational study programmes in the field of economics, business, management and related fields.

The ECBE specific objectives within external quality assurance activities are:

  • to promote the improvement of the internal quality assurance systems within institutions and their study programmes, in cooperation with all relevant internal and external stakeholders;
  • to conduct the external quality assessments, to contribute to the quality improvements within institutions;
  • to ensure that the external quality assurance of the study programmes of ECBE’s members are in compliance with the ESG and ECBE standards;
  • to foster the quality culture within the organisation.

ECBE has been ENQA affiliate since June 2011 and is now applying for ENQA membership. The review will also be used for the agency’s application for registration on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

Review process

This review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent ECBE fulfils the requirements of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Consequently, the review will provide information to the ENQA Board to aid its consideration of whether membership of ECBE should be confirmed and to EQAR to support ECBE application to the register.

The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.

Review panel

The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Karena Maguire, Head of Quality Assurance Services, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, Ireland – Chair, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Pieter-Jan Van de Velde, Freelance higher education consultant, former staff member of VLUHR QA quality assurance agency, Belgium – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee
  • Janis Vetra, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Anatomy and Anthropology, Department of Morphology, Riga Stradins University, Latvia – Panel member, academic (EUA nominee)
  • Damian Michalik, PhD student in Physics and astronomy, Warsaw University, Poland – Panel member, student (ESU nominee)

You can read ECBE’s self-assessment report on their website here.
This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.