In 2016, International Business School Suzhou became one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS currently holds the title of the youngest school ever to become AACSB-accredited.

AACSB accreditation standards require a high quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and a curricula that is responsive to the needs of businesses. Being AACSB-accredited means that IBSS meets specific standards of excellence in its strategic management and innovation; students and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement. It also represents IBSS’s commitment to long-term progress and impact in all of these areas.


International Business School Suzhou was accredited by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) in 2018. IBSS again made history by being the youngest business school ever to obtain EQUIS in under two years, in addition to becoming the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Fewer than 150 business schools worldwide have received both AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS accreditation, known as the “Double Crown”.

The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD. It has become the most global authoritative and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. EQUIS requires accredited business schools to be outstanding all-round education centres which excel in teaching, academic research, business engagement, internationalisation and ethics. As of March 2019, only 176 of the world’s business schools had obtained EQUIS accreditation.


In 2020, International Business School Suzhou has officially received joint accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Business Graduates Association (BGA), two of the world’s leading authorities on business education.

AMBA & BGA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and the organisation works with senior academics at top educational institutions around the world, to update accreditation criteria continuously and maintain one unique, in-depth and detailed approach.

AMBA & BGA believes accredited Schools should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. As such, the accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and challenges Business Schools to perform at the highest level continuously.


Programme accreditation and recognition

BA Accounting

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • CPA Australia

BA Accounting at IBSS is the first undergraduate programme in China to have obtained both nine ACCA exemptions and 12 CIMA exemptions.


MSc Professional Accounting

  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

MSc Professional Accounting students now have exemption for six modules.

MSc Investment Management

  • CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst Institute)

MSc Investment Management degree is recognized by CFA University Recognition Programme


MSc Project Management

  • IPMA (International Project Management Association)

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