As a leading private institution in Switzerland, Geneva Business School maintains its quality of education through program accreditations with some of the world’s most respected organizations, providing its students with a distinguished education, excellent professional opportunities, and high-quality learning experiences.
Constantly pursuing academic excellence, Geneva Business School actively seeks additional memberships and higher education accreditations in its continuing commitment to quality enhancement and to provide students with the best possible positioning in the marketplace for work or the drive to succeed as entrepreneurs.
As a result, in 2019, the Swiss authorities considered Geneva Business School eligible to enter the process for Swiss Institutional Accreditation. This pathway has only recently been made available to Swiss private schools, and the full process takes at least two years to complete. If successful, Geneva Business School will become among the first private institutions to be recognized by the state.
The Association of Accredited Schools of Business International (AASBI) is a global accreditor of qualified business schools worldwide that serve the public interest with academically rich and diverse student bodies.
They provide culturally relevant professional learning experiences in stimulating environments that guarantee freedom of expression and other basic human rights.
Since 2003, Geneva Business School has been certified by EDUQUA, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions.
In the EDUQUA certification process, institutions offering continuous adult education are eligible for certification. EDUQUA defines six criteria, which are key to the quality of an institution: The courses offered, communication with clients, value performance, staff, learning success, quality assurance, and development.
Geneva Business School is accredited by IACBE which is recognized by CHEA.
The Swiss Private Model
Academic recognition is the recognition of a foreign qualification for the purpose of further studies. The need for academic recognition may arise when a person having a qualification from their home country seeks admission to a further stage of studies in a foreign country or seeks admission to further studies in the home country after completion of the previous stage or a period of study abroad. In principle, academic recognition is sought only for admission to further studies and in the majority of national systems is directly made by higher education institutions. Those institutions can define their own admission requirements according to the National Higher Education system established in their home country.
The Swiss Private Model
To elaborate further, Swiss public universities are managed by the state and the degrees are equally issued by the state or a state-run governing entity.
Students often opt for public universities if they wish to study in an environment with a large array of permanent faculty members and large classes as government-subsidized tuition fees allow more students to apply.
The teaching approach is wholly theoretical and often taught by professors who have carried out research and long been associated with the academic world but rarely with the professional world of private companies and employment.
Private Business Schools
Private business schools, on the other hand, offer small classes and are not government-subsidized. They can achieve accreditation for their programs from international bodies such as IACBE, EDUQUA, and AASBI.
Faculty at private business schools usually work on a part-time basis, combining teaching with industry work. They are fully aware of the latest trends in their sector and teach it both in theory and in practice.
The teaching methodology is much more hands-on, interactive, and practical. This category of professors ultimately train students to be better prepared and offer insight into real-world markets. As a result, credible private schools venture overseas to gain programmatic accreditation and look for external supervision and global benchmarking.
As part of its mission, Geneva Business School is proud to be a private business school, offering practical education and unique access to the networks of our faculty. This approach means our students graduate prepared for today’s world of business, with a high level of employability.