Association of Business Schools Finland (ABS) is an organization for all the university level business schools in Finland.
ABS is a result of a strategy process of the business schools that was completed in 2010. In the final meeting, where the strategy was adopted, the rectors, deans and directors of the different business schools decided that to set up an independent organization to follow through and implement the strategy. ABS Finland was founded in spring 2011.
ABS operates both on the national and international levels, promoting the interest of the business schools, participating in societal discussions and giving the input that only business schools can to the national debate. ABS also promotes the sharing of best practice amongst its members and is acting as a forum for discussion and policy making for the different business schools in Finland.
ABS-Finland is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and EFMD is a member of ABS-Finland. Through the EFMD community ABS-Finland has a unique network around the world, relating to business and management education.
ABS-Finland is also a member of the European Quality Link (EQUAL) network. EQUAL was founded on European roots and therefore its perspective is based on the principles of subsidiarity and co-operation. In the spirit of a network organisation operating in an area of great cultural diversity, EQUAL sees its key role as promoting continuous quality improvement through the exchange of information on best practice and the support of agencies in the field of quality assessment and education.
EQUAL has members from over 15 countries. The members are different: most of the members are associations of business schools, like ABS-Finland or ABS-UK. Some are associations of business school graduates, like SEFE from Finland or Civilekonomerna from Sweden. In addition to these, three of the most important accreditation agencies are also members, EFMD, which gives the EQUIS accreditation, AACSB and AMBA. Also GMAC which develops the GMAT test is also a member.