WHU successfully passed the system accreditation process, supervised and evaluated by the accreditation agency FIBAA, as one of the first German Business Schools. The process was concluded without conditions by decision of the FIBAA Accreditation Commission on March 30, 2012, with the awarding of the quality seal of the Accreditation Council. In addition, Dr. Achim Hopbach, managing director of the Accreditation Council, observed the process as a guest. The experts and the commissioners certified WHU a quality culture that is supported by a broad awareness of quality in the university. They concluded that the full quality assurance system of the Business School guarantees a very high quality in teaching and learning. Furthermore, the quality assurance system draws from the fact that all stakeholders are closely involved. With resolution from February 29, 2008, the German Accreditation Council has introduced the instrument of quality assurance in the German university sector as an addition to the existing program accreditation.
Key aspect of the system accreditation is the school’s internal quality assurance system. A successfully completed accreditation means that all programs that have been approved by the quality assurance system are automatically accredited for another six years. In the course of the system accreditation, structures and processes, which are relevant for academic studies and teaching, are being assessed in terms of assuring conformity with the qualification targets and a high quality of the study programs, during which the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG), the guidelines of the Conference of German Cultural Ministers (KMK) and the criteria of the Accreditation Council are applied.
A positive system accreditation certifies the school that its internal quality assurance system for teaching and learning is suitable to assure the achievement of qualification targets and standards for its programs. Following a successful system accreditation, separate program accreditations are no longer necessary.