In 1998, the membership of CEEMAN lent its official support to the concept of creating a quality assurance and continuous improvement scheme for its members. The outcome was the establishment of the International Quality Accreditation (IQA), which was specifically designed to address the needs of business schools and other management development institutions operating in dynamically changing environments of Central and Eastern Europe. As CEEMAN grew and developed, it became necessary to revise IQA to the needs of the membership. Today, IQA has evolved to encompass a wider market and to address the unique conditions and needs of local and national environments and emerging economies.
Any CEEMAN member offering at least one degree program in management or executing 30% more of the degree load in joint programs and with at least five years existence is eligible to apply for IQA accreditation. The five-stage accreditation procedure involves assessment of eligibility, development of a comprehensive self-assessment report by the applicant, a peer review on-site visit, an evaluation report by the peer review committee, and award of the CEEMAN IQA with permission to use the designation on all institutional materials to the successful applicants. The initial IQA award is granted for the period of six years, after which the institution has to apply for re-accreditation.
The main objectives of the CEEMAN IQA
- To set and promote international standards for management development programs and institutions in the context of their respective mission and specific environments
- To assist management development institutions in developing a clear and meaningful focus in their environment that will result in the creation and delivery of high-quality relevant management education
- To award and promote advanced management development institutions for the results achieved and impact made, while also encouraging their continuous improvement policy and programs and providing advice and support in their implementation
- To promote the originality, creativity, innovation, and high professional and ethical contribution to local and international business and academic communities, and to promote responsible leadership, based on the Principles of Responsible Management Education of the United Nations Global Compact
Specifically for the candidate institutions:
- To identify the critical dimensions and criteria that an institution should follow to create, improve and sustain high-quality and relevant management education
- To help faculty members and staff engaged in management development institutions understand their role in the pursuit of the institution's mission and its continuous self-improvement process, and encourage them to provide their own contribution
For customers and potential participants:
- To help customers and other stakeholders understand the value of management education and obtain the benefits on a value-for-value basis
- To assure customers and users of an accredited institution that the institution is pursuing and achieving the critical criteria for high-quality and relevant management education and development