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KBS Accreditation Success

Serving over 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Kemmy Business School, at UL, is one of Ireland’s leading business schools with a reputation for providing a first class business education designed to prepare graduates for successful and rewarding careers.

Accreditation is at the heart of KBS’s commitment to the highest standards of international business education and the school has a number of significant national and international accreditations:

In 2019, the KBS was awarded AACSB accreditation and joined the top 5% of international business schools recognised by AACSB International (AACSB) for demonstrating excellence in teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. 

The international AACSB peer review panel commended the KBS on a number of areas including its leadership, research impact and partnerships.

AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools with its accreditation being the hallmark of excellence in business education. Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multiyear path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

The school holds accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its Executive MBA programme, since 2014. AMBA’s rigorous accreditation criteria and assessment process ensure that only programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, learning and curriculum design; career development and employability as well as student, alumni and employer interaction achieve AMBA accreditation. AMBA currently accredits MBA programmes from the top 2% of business schools in more than 75 countries globally.

KBS was the first Irish business school to become a member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. Additionally, KBS is a PRME Champion school – a leadership group within PRME. Membership of this network is an important catalyst for initiatives within the school such as the implementation of a university graduate attributes initiative that highlights the importance of inculcating qualities such as responsibility in our graduates.

In another first in Ireland, KBS was the first Irish business school – and one of only six schools across the UK and Ireland - to receive the Athena SWAN award when, in 2019, it was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN (expanded charter).

Important to the success of individual programmes at KBS is that fact that the school also holds a range of discipline-specific international and national accreditations from bodies such as the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI); Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence; Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Centre (GAC).