Below are a few of our references. If you would like to speak to any of our clients about their experiences, please let us know.

The Accreditation World is Small

The Accreditation world is small. Our reputation and relationships are very important to us. They tend to span many years as we grow together with our clients. We seek out partners we can connect with, who want to do great work together and who will genuinely benefit from our expertise and zeal. Below are a handful of testimonials. Let us know if you would like to speak to any of our past clients.

It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Joanne as I have had the privilege of getting to know her and her work over the last few years. Though Joanne’s skills and experience span a range of activities, our interaction has been within the higher education in business and management community, where she and her team at QED are very well recognized for the high quality guidance and accompaniment they provide for schools.

Julie Perrin-Halot; Associate Dean / Director of Quality and Strategic Planning at Grenoble École de Management

Joanne [QED Managing Director] is an excellent consultant to prepare university-level institutions for external review processes. She is well experienced and highly professional. Joanne has a long-standing track record of delivering top quality results.

Ulrich Hommel; Professor of Finance (Germany); Higher Education Consultant

QED are top class in terms of knowledge, professionalism, integrity, efficiency and delivery of real output.  When I first started as Head of School I knew that achieving accreditation was top of the Business School agenda.  The JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics deserved recognition nationally and internationally for its strengths and achievements.

Working with QED on an ongoing basis for 5 years has allowed us to fully benefit from the continuous quality improvement that is at the heart of all accreditation processes, leading so far to successful 5-year EPAS accreditation and AMBA accreditation for the Cairnes School. I would have absolutely no reservation in recommending QED as trusted Accreditation Advisors, in fact I’d say they’re a must.

Emer Mulligan; Head of School, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway

I first got acquainted with Joanne Hession in 2007 during an EPAS review in Eastern Europe where we served as Peer Reviewers. I was impressed by her extensive expertise on the main business school accreditation procedures. As Dean of ESSCA she did some fruitful consulting work for me and we have continued to cooperate steadily through various EPAS consulting missions during which I have always admired her professionalism and the soundness of her judgment. I believe she brings with QED International a unique service to business schools thanks to a thorough coverage of quality issues coupled with a wide knowledge of management higher education in Europe.

Michel Poté; Former Dean and Director General of ESSCA (FRANCE) 1995-2007

I have known Joanne Hession of QED in a professional capacity since 2004 when she contacted me during a wide-ranging study of European Business Schools which she was conducting for a client. Subsequently, we worked together in 2005 to carry out an academic audit of the Masters of Business programmes in the Smurfit School at UC Dublin. The QED Team have successfully managed the accreditation process for all four major accreditation systems internationally -EQUIS, AACSB, EPAS and AMBA.

Professor Leo Murray; Former Dean Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

International accreditation is foremost on the Hertfordshire Business School agenda. It requires a significant investment of financial and human resources to underwrite the process of continuous improvement that accreditation fosters and a commitment of faculty and staff at all levels. Hertfordshire Business School is proud to have successfully been awarded EFMD’s EPAS accreditation for 3 years in 2010 and then 5 years unconditionally in 2013.

Hertfordshire Business School has been working with QED for many years. They provide advice and support to our internal teams, at all times in a professional manner, helping us to plan project timeframes, brief faculty and staff, and ensure our internal financial and human resources are targeted for this purpose.

QED have the ability to demystify the different accreditations and the nuances of each and their expert knowledge across the different international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, EPAS and AMBA) has been extremely helpful in terms of our strategic planning as we focus on the overall improvement and reputation of our business school. QED are the trusted advisors to many international business schools and we are pleased to consider them a Hertfordshire Business School partner.

Jerry Forrester; Dean, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, UK

QED carried out a Gap Analysis in order to help Surrey Business School assess where we stand with respect to a potential EQUIS accreditation. Within a short period of time, the team gained a superb overview of the School and the context in which we operate. Their many years of experience and their in-depth knowledge of the international business school landscape was evident throughout their work. They kept a professional and impartial perspective as expert advisors throughout the process. In addition to delivering a thorough and well-structured report, they also presented their findings to diverse audiences in the School, and in doing so, they struck exactly the right tone. Beyond the Gap Analysis process, they have always been available for advice, insight and information. I know I can lean on them with respect to all matters relating to accreditation and wider institutional development.

Prof Ansgar Richter; Dean, Surrey Business School, UK

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