Accredited and certified quality sets standards

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) offers you a first-rate, multi-layered portfolio of executive education programmes in the fields of management, law, technology and economics.

As an EQUIS-, AACSB- and AMBA-accredited business school, the University of St.Gallen stands for strong research, instruction and executive education with a long tradition. These independent accreditation processes subject the quality of an educational institution to permanent scrutiny. They also represent an important factor for business school rankings, in which the University of St.Gallen regularly occupies a leading position. Currently, the University of St.Gallen is ranked 7th and thus, for the eighth year in a row, has been placed among the ten best business universities in Europe in the Financial Times Business School Ranking. Place your trust in quality.

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Business School Accreditation – What Does That Mean?

The strict quality standards of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference as well as the accreditation agencies EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA guarantee the international recognition of our degrees and executive education courses. In 2001, the University of St.Gallen became the first EQUIS-accredited business school in German-speaking Europe, in 2003, it was accredited by AACSB and in 2019 the University of St.Gallen was accredited by AMBA. These independent accreditation agencies issue the three most discerning seals of quality for business schools and create the framework for international standards. These internationally recognised accreditations honour the high quality which characterises our research and instruction and regularly secures the HSG a place among the frontrunners in business school rankings.

During an accreditation process, a university is systematically evaluated in terms of quality of research, instruction, training and administration. Independent experts also judge the role of the alumni network and the business school’s synergies with international partners and companies. However, internal factors are also taken into account: the organisation of the faculties, institutes and disciplines, as well as the diversity and quality of courses. The University of St.Gallen has been able to fully satisfy the evaluators in these respects – one of the most important factors for business school rankings.

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Frontrunner in International Business School Rankings

With the University of St.Gallen (HSG), you are choosing a renowned business school with a first-class executive education programme. The HSG regularly occupies top positions in business school rankings, such as the Financial Times Ranking for European business schools. Other important evaluations, such as Wirtschaftswoche, confirm our reputation as one of the best business schools in German-speaking Europe, in Europe as a whole and in the world. This type of business school ranking provides information about a business school’s international prestige.

Financial Times European Business School Ranking

The Financial Times Business School Ranking is the most important ranking of executive education programmes at European business schools. In the 2020 Financial Times Ranking of European business schools, the HSG was ranked 7th place among the best business schools – internationally.

The Master’s programme Strategy and International Management (SIM-HSG) is listed in first place in the Financial Times Ranking as the world’s best management major.

Moreover, our postgraduate executive education programmes occupy frontrunner positions in the Financial Times Ranking for business schools in Europe and worldwide. These include the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and high-quality Executive MBA programmes. In the current ranking of the world’s best executive MBA programmes, its full-time MBA ranked 18th and the Executive MBA ranked 20th (EMBA).

Wirtschafswoche ranked HSG first

The German “Wirtschaftswoche” has published its latest ranking of the most research-oriented business administration faculties in the German-speaking world. The University of St.Gallen with its School of Management is still in first place here in 2020.