Two fundamentally different types of accreditation are possible:
- Programme accreditation: this involves the accreditation of individual courses of study.
- Institutional accreditation: this involves an institutional audit, in which the quality assurance system of the entire university and its process management are the subject of the appraisal.
The essential difference between the two different types of accreditation is that award of the institutional accreditation entitles the university to independently improve or establish courses of study. Institutional accreditation allows a university to respond more quickly and flexibly to the needs of the education market. For the NORDAKADEMIE, as a university funded by business for business, this is a guarantee that it is able to provide junior managers with tailor-made training.
In March 2012, the NORDAKADEMIE became the first university in northern Germany and one of the first universities at all to achieve institutional accreditation („Systemakkreditierung“) by the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) without the imposition of any conditions. This means that all courses of study offered or newly established during the period of accreditation are covered by the accreditation.
The successful institutional accreditation is a documentary record that the university has a functioning process and quality management. It stands for the constantly high quality of the programme of study. The students are incorporated into the QM system.
Previously, during reaccreditation in autumn 2008, the NORDAKADEMIE had been awarded for five years the premium seal of the FIBAA in the Master of Business Administration course as the first MBA course throughout the entire German-speaking world for its excellent quality of study in all core areas (programme accreditation).
You will find more details on accreditation, rankings and awards for students on the German pages.