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EU project “Implementation of a quality management system in line with the requirements of EQUIS”

ISM University of Management and Economics has implemented the EU project “Implementation of a quality management system in line with the requirements of EQUIS” in 2011-2013. The aim of the project was improvement of the internal quality assurance mechanisms of the university, implementation of a quality management model prepared in line with international recommendations as well as preparation of the university to obtain EQUIS accreditation of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).
 
A quality management system covering all levels of the university – institutional, study programmes and study subjects – is being implemented in the university using the funds of the project. While reorganizing the quality management system, the employees analyzed the processes that take place in the university, the experience of other universities as well as the ways to develop the internal quality assurance system compliant with the mission, vision and strategy of the university. The principles of the quality policy of the university were updated and a quality assurance manual compliant with the EQUIS standard describing the most significant quality assurance processes, measures and instruments was drawn up during the project.
 
One of the outcomes of the project is the publication “Kaip mes suprantame kokybę” (“The Way We Understand Quality”).

 

EQUIS – what is it?

As the university constantly improves the quality management system of its activities, one of the strategic objectives of ISM is the aim for the university to be granted the accreditation of the European Quality Improvement System EQUIS which would confirm once again that the studies in ISM are of very high quality and comply with the internationally recognized education standards. EQUIS assessment is performed by EFMD – an international association based in Brussels and uniting over 730 members from 82 countries. The activities of the whole institution and the branches thereof – study programmes, scientific and applied research, training of managers, services to the community, internationality, students and lecturers’ competences, resources and connection with the business community – are assessed during the accreditation. Currently, 138 science and study institutions all over the word have the EQUIS accreditation; these institutions constitute the elite of higher management and business administration schools.