FIBAA at the DIHK working committee "Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions"

At the invitation of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink participated as keynote speaker in the DIHK working committee “Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions", which was represented by DIHK, nationwide chambers of industry and commerce as well as by the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Entitled "Potentials of accreditation for the promotion of employability at Higher Education Institutions", Professor Dr. Fink presented how employability is realised at various levels of accreditation.

FIBAA promotes employability thanks to its quality and assessment criteria as well as by involving experienced experts from science, industry and student body in each accreditation process. In addition, members with practical experience are an important part of the decision-making body, both in the FIBAA Accreditation Commissions and in the German Accreditation Council. Finally, the leading associations of German, Austrian and Swiss business and industry are represented on the FIBAA Board of Trustees.

"The topics of accreditation and employability have been an inseparable part of FIBAA's identity for 25 years. This also includes direct dialogue with all relevant stakeholder groups," says Professor Dr. Fink. "It was therefore a great pleasure for us to take the opportunity to exchange opinions on the further development of quality and employability for students, graduates and employers with the DIHK working committee "Economy and School/Higher Education Institutions".”

Excellent quality: FIBAA awards its premium seal to ESB Business School of Reutlingen University

Executive Program Advisors Prof. Dr. Schütz (left) and
Prof. Dr. Binder (right) with Prof. Dr. Fink (CEO of FIBAA)
during the festive ceremony

FIBAA has conferred its premium seal to the study programmes Consulting & Business Analytics (M.Sc.) and Strategic Sales Management (M.A.) of the ESB Business School of Reutlingen University. With this seal, the agency recognises the Master programmes' excellent quality of teaching and studies. In the accreditation process, the expert team identified a number of criteria that exceeded the quality requirements for both study programmes.

In March 2019, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink travelled to Reutlingen and personally bestowed the premium seal to Professor Dr. Hendrik Brumme, president of Reutlingen University, and Professor Harald Dallmann, vice-president.
Professor Dr. Andreas Taschner, dean of ESB Business School, as well as the both Executive Program Advisors Professor Dr. Tobias Schütz und Professor Dr. Christoph Binder attended the event and were very delighted about the premium seal.

"ESB Business School can be very proud of the outstanding quality of its Master's programmes," said Professor Dr. Fink. "The students are provided with an excellent education that optimally prepares them for their professional careers."

FIBAA is the only accreditation agency that awards a premium seal for program accreditations. It highlights study programmes, which became established in practice and which are distinguished by their excellent performance on their own initiative."

Indonesia: Knowledge exchange on the European Higher Education Area between FIBAA and Airlangga University

FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Fink and UNAIR vice-rector
Professor Dr. Santoso

In February 2019, FIBAA CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink travelled to the Airlangga University (UNAIR) in Surabaya, Indonesia. The visit enabled an interesting exchange of experience between the two institutions.

Indonesia's second oldest state university presented its mission as well as its faculties and was highly motivated with regard to the further enhancement of its quality. UNAIR was interested in getting to know a European and internationally oriented accreditation agency such as FIBAA and the standards of the European accreditation system.

"FIBAA offers an extensive knowledge of quality assurance and quality enhancement in higher education and could present the accreditation processes from the European perspective," explains Professor Dr. Fink.

The event was characterized by a lively interest of the participants and offered an opportunity for an exchange between FIBAA and the representatives of the university. On the part of UNAIR, the course directors, university lecturers and vice-rector Professor Dr. Djoko Santoso attended the event.

"FIBAA was very pleased to have the opportunity to get to know the structure and objectives of UNAIR and to bring European accreditation practice closer to the Indonesian university," sums up Professor Dr. Fink. “Thanks to our observer status at the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), the Asian-Pacific area is a key target region of FIBAA.”

Festive awarding of the Institutional Accreditation seal at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef

from left to right: Prof. Dr. Bornemeyer (Prorector Teaching Quality). Prof. Dr. Fink (CEO of FIBAA), Prof. Dr. Peter Thuy (Rector of IUBH), Mr. Thorsten Schomann (Quality Management Officer)

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful first institutional accreditation at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH).

The excellent quality management system of the university was confirmed by FIBAA’s expert team according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council. The institutional accreditation was awarded without any conditions.

The expert team emphasised that in the field of study and teaching all essential accreditation aspects are considered and that all important stakeholders are regularly involved. The IUBH actively lives its culture of quality enhancement.

During a festive ceremony in Bad Honnef, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally presented the accreditation seal to the IUBH. Professor Dr. Peter Thuy, Rector of the IUBH, Prof. Dr. Claudia Bornemeyer, Prorector in the field of Teaching Quality, as well as other representatives and stakeholders of the IUBH attended the event and were very delighted about the successful system accreditation.

"The excellence of your quality management system and your study programmes is the result of the consistent quality work of your entire team in recent years", Professor Dr. Fink praised in her speech and congratulated all stakeholders who were involved in this accreditation procedure.

Students at the centre of accreditation: FIBAA is the partner of the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation in an Erasmus+ project

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink (FIBAA CEO), Dr. Lemka Izmaylova (director of the NAA) and Mr. Mikhail Shvetsov (rector of the Mari State University)Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fink, Dr. Lemka Izmaylova and Mr. Mikhail Shvetsov surrounded by the project participants in the head office of FIBAA

In January 2019, the director of the National Accreditation Agency of the Russian Federation (NAA), Dr. Lemka Izmaylova, visited together with the university management and students of Mari State University as well as representatives of the Russian Union of Youth the head office of FIBAA as part of the Erasmus+ – Jean Monnet – Project „European Quality Assurance for Students (EQAS)“.

The aim of this project is gathering, analyzing and disseminating European good practice in involving students in external and internal higher education quality assurance. In the Russian Federation, the interests of students are taken into account through surveys conducted and analysed by independent institutions such as the Russian Union of Youth. One of the purposes of the project is to optimise and to enhance the integration of students in external and internal higher education quality assurance processes.

FIBAA was pleased to present its expertise in systematically involving students at all levels of the accreditation process in the form of a two-day workshop: Beginning with the experts system via on-site visits up to the decision committee - the students are represented at all essential steps of the accreditation process.

The project enabled a very interesting exchange on quality assurance and quality enhancement in the tertiary sector between the two countries. Dr. Lemka Izmaylova, director of the NAA, enriched this exchange with a lecture on current developments in accreditation in the Russian Federation.

"This project once again emphasized that accreditation in the higher education sector promote both quality assurance and, in particular, further quality enhancement. FIBAA is very pleased to be involved in the quality development process of our Russian colleagues and to support them with our expertise," summarized Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink, CEO of FIBAA.

Further co-operations within the framework of Erasmus+ – Jean Monnet – Project “EQAS” are planned for March, May, June and November 2019 in Russia.

Successful Institutional Accreditation at FHDW

Left to right: Georg Herrmann (FHDW’s chancellor), Prof. Dr. Nieland (FHDW’s president), Prof. Dr. Fink (FIBAA’s CEO), Hartmut Klein (vice president for studies and quality assurance), Prof. Dr. Eckhard Koch (vice president for research, development and transfer)

FIBAA is extremely pleased to congratulate the FHDW to its first institutional accreditation.

The successful institutional accreditation distinguishes the excellent quality of FHDW according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council, which was confirmed by FIBAA’s expert team.

During a festive bestowing ceremony in Paderborn, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally presented the accreditation seal to the university. Among others, Professor Dr. Stefan Nieland, president of FHDW, Georg Herrmann, FHDW’s chancellor as well as the vice presidents Professor Dr. Eckhard Koch and Hartmut Klein attended the event and were very delighted about the award.

The expert team was particularly pleased with the offer of Bachelor's and Master's programmes, which are also suitable for full-time and part-time working students and whose duality is closely linked to theory and practice.

 "This has great benefits for students, but also for companies: Students thus receive the best professional entry and career opportunities and are optimally prepared for their future professional life," explained Professor Dr. Fink in her speech.

The successful institutional accreditation opens future prospects for further collaboration of FIBAA and FHDW.

Successful Institutional Reaccreditation at FOM University

Prof. Dr. Hermeier, rector of the FOM University, (left) and Prof. Dr. Fink (right) during the festive ceremony © FOM/Tom Schulte

FIBAA is more than pleased to announce the successful institutional reaccreditation at FOM University.

This has been the second time the FOM University was institutionally accredited by FIBAA. The expert team has confirmed the excellent quality of the university’s management system according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council. The team especially acknowledged the increased professional maturity since the last institutional accreditation. The FOM University received the reaccreditation without any conditions.

FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Kerstin Fink personally bestowed the accreditation seal to the FOM University during a festive ceremony in Essen. Numerous representatives and stakeholders, among them Professor Dr. Burghard Hermeier, rector of the FOM University, attended the bestowal event.

In her speech, Professor Dr. Fink congratulated all the representatives who took part in the accreditation procedure and praised the HEI’s focus on employability: “FIBAA and FOM University have many points of contact in this area: The HEI offers study programmes, which  are tailored to the needs of the economy. This is an excellent example of the promotion of employability in higher education.”

Professor Dr. Fink emphasized that the university’s continuously improving quality management system opens future prospects for further successful collaboration of FIBAA and the FOM University.

Festive awarding of two seals: FIBAA Premium Seal and institutional accreditation at Hamburg School of Business Administration

Prof. Dr. Fink (left) presents Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Trenz (right), president of HSBA, the institutional accreditation seal © Jana Tolle

Professor Dr. Fink (left) awarding the FIBAA Premium Seal to Prof. Dr. Oretis Schinas, Head of the MBA programme Shipping, (right) © Jana Tolle

FIBAA is pleased to congratulate the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on two successful accreditations.

The successful institutional accreditation distinguishes the excellent quality of HSBA according to the criteria of the German Accreditation Council, which was confirmed by the expert team.

Additionally, FIBAA has conferred its own Premium Seal to the MBA programme Shipping of HSBA. It is the third study programme of HSBA that has been given this special award for a programme’s excellent quality.

In December 2018, FIBAA’s CEO Professor Dr. Fink traveled to the HSBA to personally bestow both seals during a festive ceremony.

Professor Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, president of HSBA, Dr. Uve Samuels, HSBA’s CEO as well as the vice-presidents Professor Dr. Goetz Greve and Professor Dr. Inga Schmidt-Ross were very delighted about the double award.

In her speech, Professor Dr. Fink congratulated all the persons, who took part in these accreditation procedures and praised especially the international outlook of HSBA and its promotion of employability.

“Both accreditation seals are very special to FIBAA,” emphasized Professor Dr. Fink, “as they confirm the continuous and remarkable quality assurance and quality enhancement of the institution.”

FIBAA at the XIV Forum of the Russian Expert Guild

On 16th November 2018, FIBAA’s Special Representative Ms. Jana Bekker participated in the XIV forum of the Russian Expert Guild for Professional Education, which is the largest and oldest independent expert pool in Russia. For the first time, the annual All-Russian event with international participation took place in the format of an online forum entitled "International Standards and Modern Approaches to the Assessment of Educational Quality - 2018".

At the invitation of the National Center for Public Accreditation (NCPA), FIBAA's partner agency in Russia, Ms. Bekker presented a lecture on the recent developments in the German accreditation system to around 150 HEI representatives and education experts from various regions of Russia.

“The enhancement of the national accreditation system in Russia is a broadly discussed topic in the academic community, as a reform in this area is planned,” remarks Ms. Bekker. “In this context, the participants were interested in current developments in the German accreditation system.”

The participation in the forum has become a good tradition: FIBAA already participated for the fifth time. This shows both the continuing reliable cooperation with the colleagues from the NCPA and the good connections between FIBAA and the academic expert community in Russia.

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