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Bentley College, located on the outskirts of Boston in the US, is increasing its pull on European students by becoming only the second US business school to be accredited by Equis, the European accreditation body.

Bentley already has substantial European credentials. Provost of the college is Robert Galliers, former dean of Warwick business school in the UK and former professor at the London School of Economics. This year Bentley appointed Mike Page, a South African and dean of the Rotterdam School of Management, to the dual role of dean of business and dean of the McCallum Graduate School at the college.

Equis, run by the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), has so far accredited 113 business schools worldwide, but has been unable to make real inroads into the US where the AACSB is the recognised local accreditation body. The University of Washington in Seattle is the only other Equis-accredited business school in the US, although the Equis kite mark has proven popular with business schools in Asia, Australia, South America and Canada as well as Europe.

Equis has also announced the recent accreditation of the Antai College of Economics & Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in China, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), in India.



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