AABS accreditation is a unique African accreditation, underpinned by African values and contexts. It is as such, a system to benchmark the provision of high-quality business and management education in Africa. It is a globally recognised standard of quality, and a bold step in shaping the African concept of management education. AABS accreditation promotes excellence in management education in Africa through collaboration, capacity building and quality improvement. It aims to support African business schools in their contribution to inclusive social and economic growth in Africa. The AABS quality benchmarking focuses on the relevance and quality of what your school does (research, teaching and student experience) to provide first-rate management education, and the consequent meaningful impact it makes on its environment.


Interested institutions should send an email to accreditation@aabschools.com for further assistance.

The AABS Accreditation Standards

The AABS accreditation standards for business and management education have been set to encourage African business schools to support inclsive social economic growth in Africa. AABS accreditation focuses on the relevance and quality of the school’s mission, programmes, facilities and so on, and the positive impact the school is able to make on society through its faculty, research and alumni. It looks at how well a school is able to foste responsible management practice, improve the skills of students, develop its (and other) faculty and generally contribute to the body of knowledge of business and management in Africa.

There are 11 AABS accreditation standards grouped into six main areas as follows:

  • Relevance to the African ContextThe school’s overall approach demonstrates awareness of the surrounding environment (national, political, legal, social and economic) and has the mission and portfolio thatserves the needs of its operating environment.
  • InstitutionThe school’s overall operation has a clear governance system where the mission, strategy and its allocation of available funds and resources are managed effectively and efficiently.
  • StakeholdersThe school has identified the different ways relationships with its stakeholders should be managed and handled. Beginning with its students, alumni, corporates, and finally its partnerships with other institutions in Africa. The institution should also demonstrate its awareness of their level of diversification and their relationship to the marketplace.
  • PortfolioThe school has a variety of programmes along with a research portfolio by demonstrating an operational structure for programme development and design, promoting research, up-to-date teaching and assessment methods, and relevance of learning materials.
  • Impact on AfricaThe school should summarise the evidence that it has contributed to inclusive economic and social development in Africa through its governance structure, stakeholders’ relationships, diversification awareness and overall portfolio.
  • SustainabilityThe school must show that it’s overall approach to management education is sustainable through its governance structure, relationships with stakeholders, through its portfolio offerings, and how relevant and impactful it is to the African continent. This is an overalland a concluding standard which is embedded across the criteria as it serves as a statement for successful continuous improvement process.

The AABS Accreditation Process

The AABS accreditation process is laid out into eight phases. Click on each phase for a brief summary. For detailed information about the process, refer to the AABS Accreditation Handbook and Process Guidelines and the AABS Accreditation Policies and Outline. For information regarding associated fees, refer to the AABS Accreditation Fees Schedule.

The first step of the AABS accreditation process begins with a basic expression of interest and enquiry about the AABS accreditation. Institutions are required to fill out the AABS Accreditation Interest Letter form and send it to accreditation@aabschools.com.

After receiving acknowledgment from the AABS Accreditation Office, institutions are required to fill and submit an application form. Institutions have the option either to fill out a form using a word document or thru an online portal.

Institutions who opt in for a mentor are assigned one within eight weeks from application acceptance letter.

The self-evaluation process and report preparation are expected to begin as soon as the application has been accepted and/or the mentor has been assigned. Completed report must be sent to the AABS Review Team and the AABS Accreditation Office at least eight weeks before scheduled visit.

Institutions should be ready to justify the representations made in the self-review report to the AABS Review Team, clarify any issues of concern and be as honest and open as possible during the three-days visit.

The AABS Board is responsible for the accreditation decision. The Board will review the final accreditation report compiled by the AABS Review Team and decide on the accreditation award based on their assessment of the report.

In attaining the AABS Accreditation, a school commits to maintaining and continuously improving its standards to align with those of the AABS accreditation. Submission of a Mid-Term report is due two and a half years from the accreditation awarding date.

A school that wishes to be re-accredited must submit the re-accreditation letter in electronic format, at least 18 months before expiry of the current accreditation.


Benefits of the AABS Accreditation

Provides an international recognition of excellence that raises the prestige and reputation of your institution, helping to attract faculty, students, employers and strategic partners.

Encourages a tradition of continuous improvement in all aspects of your school’s processes, enabling it adapt quickly to the changing needs of the environment in which it operates.

Facilitates peer learning and sharing of best practice within a network of AABS-accredited schools.

Application form