The nationally and internationally acknowledged quality of teaching, research and executive education is of crucial importance to the University of St.Gallen. This is why HSG regularly subjects itself to measurements by independent experts against the yardstick of national and international quality standards and has its quality reviewed by independent institutions.

International quality standards: AACSB and EQUIS accreditations until 2023, AMBA accreditation until 2024 ("Triple Crown")

In December 2019, the Association of MBAs (AMBA), based in London, granted HSG its first AMBA accreditation for the next five years. This programme accreditation covers the MBA programmes (full-time and part-time), EMBA, the International EMBA and the Executive MBA Programme in Business Engineering (EMBE). With this additional accreditation, the HSG now holds the so-called "Triple Crown".

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) renewed the accreditation of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) for another five years in autumn 2018. The University of St.Gallen was commended for the following aspects, among others:

  • entrepreneurship and cooperation;
  • good contacts with the real economy;
  • a comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility;
  • particular commitment to teaching and student learning;
  • a very large alumni network and its commitment;
  • particular efforts to ensure students’ learning success, on the one hand, and to regularly revise and develop degree course programmes, on the other hand.

In summer 2023, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) renewed the EQUIS accreditation until 2028. EQUIS stands for European Quality Improvement System. In an extensive self-assessment report, the University looks at ten standards specified by the EFMD: among other things, HSG reports developments in its degree course programmes, research, the range of executive education courses and its internationalisation strategy. Besides the label, the University also received feedback on where it stands in comparison to other business schools and where it can make progress and improve.

National quality standards: institutional accreditation

The Swiss Accreditation Council awarded the University of St.Gallen institutional accreditation in accordance with the Higher Education Promotion and Coordination Act (HFKG) for seven years (2022-2029). As part of the institutional accreditation, the University's quality assurance system was assessed by means of quality standards in the areas of quality assurance strategy, governance, teaching, research, services, resources as well as internal and external communication.

The procedure of institutional accreditation confirmed the University of St.Gallen’s quality approach of joint and shared responsibility and at the same time provided an external perspective for strengthening the effectiveness of our quality assurance system. The developmental steps for the future of the University are possible primarily due to the great commitment of all those involved and their exemplary cooperation.


Karen Tinsner-Fuchs


Head of Quality Development

Büro 58-329
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St. Gallen

Adam W. Thomas

Accreditation and Quality Manager

Johanna Franziska Gollnhofer

Prof. Dr.

President's Delegate for Quality Development

Büro 32-206
Dufourstrasse 48
9000 St. Gallen

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