Network of International Business Schools

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Network of International Business Schools
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Purposeeducational accreditation, curriculum development, academic exchange
HeadquartersHeverlee, Leuven, Belgium
Region served
70 schools worldwide
Hans van Oudheusden

The Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) is an association of university-level schools of business that promotes the incorporation of a strong international dimension into management training and accredits schools that offer internationally oriented business curricula. NIBS and its various member institutions advocate for the creation of business education programs that integrate internationalist skills and perspectives, including the practice of foreign languages, the study of comparative management techniques, and the experience of working and studying abroad. They also facilitate cooperation between educational institutions in different countries, on the premise that this contributes to better relations between nations by deepening understanding of other cultures and social practices. NIBS was formed in 1993 and currently has approximately 70 member institutions in over 30 countries.[1]

Members of NIBS recognize each other’s qualifications, have a common goal of collaboration, and encourage participation in the following:

  • Student exchanges/interactions
  • Faculty exchanges/interactions
  • Exchanges of ideas for teaching programs
  • Joint teaching and research programs

The current president of NIBS is Hans van Oudheusden, who also serves as Head of International Relations at the School of Financial Management, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Previously, the position was held by Dr. David Gillingham, who served in the role from its inception in 1993 until 2012,[2] and by Ian Charles, who led the organization from 2012 to 2016.[3]


Since 2008, a key function of the organization has been the accreditation of internationally oriented schools of business around the world.[4] NIBS accreditation is not intended to compete with long-established accreditation bodies, such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), or the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS); rather, it focuses on the degree to which the business school has become international in all facets of its organization. The NIBS accreditation scheme is thus generally regarded as a supplement to other accreditations, as well as a signal that an institution is committed to "deep" internationalization.

Any full member school of NIBS may apply for accreditation, which consists of a three-step process: completion of a self-assessment questionnaire on internationalization; a visit by an accreditation team; and a decision by the NIBS Board of Directors. As of March 2018, a total of 24 institutions have been accredited by NIBS.[5] These include:

  • Arkansas State University (USA)
  • Avans University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  • BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)
  • Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)
  • Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany)
  • Bishop's University (Canada)
  • Carleton University, Sprott School of Business (Canada)
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
  • International Business Academy, Kolding (Denmark)
  • Jackson State University (United States)
  • Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom)
  • London South Bank University (United Kingdom)
  • Northern State University (USA)
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (USA)
  • Tennessee Technological University (USA)
  • Thomas More Kempen (Belgium)
  • Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Puerto Rico)
  • University College Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)
  • University of Clermont Auvergne (France)
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)


  1. "Member Schools". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "David Gillingham Award". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "IBA Associate Dean is the new NIBS President". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. "Accreditation". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  5. "Member Schools". Retrieved March 14, 2018.

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