International Business Academy Kolding given the seal of approval

IBA, International Business Academy Kolding, has received institutional accreditation – without reservation.

It passed with flying colours.

Such was the message when IBA received their answer from the panel of experts who have been evaluating the Academy over the past couple of years.

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The Accreditation changes the future governmental approval setup of IBA, from one setup to another. All our current education were and continue to be approved and under governmental control, incl. governmentally controlled exams.

IBA International Business Academy Kolding currently has two addresses: Ålegården 2-4, and Nytorv 2 – but will be building a new campus with room for both full-time study programmes and higher-education programmes, at Havneparken 1. The new educational institution will be ready for use in Summer 2019.

IBA International Business Academy has 4,630 students in total each year – split over 1,430 full-time students, and 3,200 on the further education programmes.

Students are both Danish and international, which we believe contributes to an exciting, attractive and international study environment.

IBA has 130 permanent employees and 75 freelance teachers.

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Employees at IBA celebrated the big, happy news with a joint lunch, where they received whole-roasted pig. The reason for this particular dish is that the President, over two years of hard work, had promised them that “the pig was getting fatter”… i.e. that they weren’t just working in order to achieve the accreditation, but to develop the organization as a whole and therefore their own careers and lives.

Securing institutional accreditation is a very important stamp of approval in Denmark. This unconditional approval can be compared with when a restaurant receives an additional Michelin Star.

”We are very satisfied and happy with the result. It is a clear signal that we are a well-functioning educational institution. We have turned everything around within the organization, and have worked a great deal on development in our efforts towards approval – and we are very proud of that,” says the President of IBA, Niels Egelund.

President Niels Egelund (at the centre) celebrated on Monday the confirmation of positive accreditation, together with employees and the board. Across from him sits the mayor, Jørn Pedersen, who is also chairman of IBA’s board.

IBA has a strong system of quality checks

IBA has managed to achieve this ’Michelin Star’ because the business academy has developed a well-functioning system of assessing the quality of its study programmes. A system which, in a healthy, transparent way, ensures high standards of quality and relevance, through ongoing dialogue with students, companies, employees and graduates.

 The expert panel which has been examined IBA closely, leaving no stone unturned, writes in their summary:

“IBA Kolding has a coherent and well-functioning quality-control system … with solid grounding in the institution’s strategic outlook, IBA has provided concrete and ambitious objectives for their work around ensuring consistently high quality, along with various indicators to ensure that these objectives are reached.”

IBA to get quicker

The accreditation model can be compared to the ‘smileys’ system used by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, which encourage self-monitoring. With this positive institutional accreditation, International Business Academy Kolding will have greater freedom, and will find it easier to establish and initiate new study programmes. In other words, IBA will have a greater opportunity to carry things out themselves.

This has two clear advantages: IBA can react more quickly to the needs and demands of companies for new skillsets… and will have more space to concentrate on their central mission: to provide education to students of various study programmes to the highest possible level.

IBA will put this accreditation to use internationally

All higher education programmes in Denmark must apply to become accredited institutions. After this, they can achieve three levels of accreditation: the highest is a positive accreditation, which IBA has received. You can also receive a conditional accreditation; or be refused.

Accreditation has its roots in the European standards, to give students and participants the guarantee of transparency and relevance, along with focus on knowledge and organization. When an organization such as IBA wishes to take part in European collaborations, and student exchanges, it is normal for the accreditation process to take 2-4 years to achieve.