Accreditations and Audits The internationally recognised quality of our courses is important to us, which is why we have taken comprehensive steps to assure quality. For the purposes of accreditation, we regularly have our University assessed according to the highest international quality standards by independent experts. We have been EQUIS-accredited since 2001 and AACSB-accredited since 2003, which makes us the first university in the German-speaking area to have gained the two most demanding international seals of quality for business schools. Internationally recognised further education We are among the front-runners in the field of management programmes, as confirmed by the 2014 evaluation report of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). While providing us with some suggestions for improvement the peer review team commended our strong and supportive alumni base, our enduring relationships with many corporations, the functionality of our facilities, our solid strategic planning process, our strong and collegial faculty culture, as well as our strong reputation in the region and significant impact in the city and canton. Praise for progress in internationalisation In 2013, the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accredited the HSG for another five years. The EQUIS Awarding Body took particular note of the quality of the University as reflected in its mission and vision statement (Vision 2020) and the associated guiding principles, the substantial progress made in internationalisation both inside and outside the home campus and the developments in the programme portfolio, particularly the exemplary Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM). Exchange with other accredited universities International accreditations are important to us because we want to attract top-of-class students and the highest quality faculty. The professional accreditations strengthen the University of St.Gallen as an international brand. Moreover, the seals of approval also facilitate exchanges with other accredited schools, as well as support our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. National Quality Audits In 2014, the university fulfilled the requirements of the third quality audit of all Swiss public universities. While providing us with some suggestions for further improvement, overall the auditors congratulated the university on its excellent Performance, stating that "Switzerland may really be proud to own one of the best business schools worldwide". You can find the OAQ report «Quality Audit 2013/14» under «More on the Topic» in the column on the right.