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Rankings and accreditations

At UvA Economics and Business (EB), we appreciate the high international rankings and accreditations, which reflect our excellent reputation.


International rankings compare universities, mainly with regard to academic output and reputation. We are proud to rank among the best universities and schools of economics and business worldwide. We believe students especially value our international outlook and the integration of up-to-date research techniques.


Position in the world

QS World University Rankings 2023: Top Global Universities 2024


QS World University Rankings by Subject: Accounting and Finance 2023


QS World University Rankings by Subject: Economics & Econometrics 2023


QS World University Rankings by Subject: Business & Management Studies 2023


Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022-2023


Times Higher Education World University Ranking by country: the Netherlands 2022-2023



All of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) programmes of UvA EB have been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means the programmes meet the high quality standards prescribed by law.

UvA EB has also been Triple Crown-accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Worldwide, only 1% of all business schools / faculties with Business Administration study programmes (about 14,000) have this prestigious status.

  • NVAO accreditation

    In order to be eligible for NVAO accreditation, all UvA programmes are inspected once every 6 years. To enable such inspections, the programme is first required to write a self-assessment in which the following questions are addressed: What is the programme’s objective? How does the programme effectuate this? Are the objectives achieved?

    After drawing up the self-assessment, the programme is visited by an assessment panel. Based on the self-assessment and various interviews held with programme management, lecturers, instructors, students and alumni of the programme, the panel judges whether the programme meets all requirements. If the panel issues a positive recommendation, the programme is accredited by NVAO for a period of 6 years.

  • NVAO Institutional Audit University of Amsterdam

    The UvA itself is also assessed by the NVAO once every 6 years, by means of a review of the institution as a whole: the NVAO Institutional Audit. During this review, an assessment is carried out to ensure all quality assurance processes at the UvA are in order. The central question posed during the institution inspection reads as follows: Is the UvA Executive Board in control where education and the processes surrounding education are concerned? This is verified by the NVAO in the same manner as the review of a programme. The UvA is first asked to draft a self-assessment. The assessment panel subsequently makes a site visit to the UvA for the purpose of the audit. The UvA passed the NVAO Institutional Audit in 2018 with great success.

  • International accreditations, AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

    Because of the internationalisation in higher education, international accreditations as AACSBAMBA and EQUIS, are very important. UvA Economics and Business holds the EQUIS accreditation since 2007 and the AACSB and AMBA accreditations since 2016. Due to these accrediations UvA Economics and Business is now the proud bearer of the Triple Crown Accreditation. The international accreditations give international students a better idea of the quality of the Economics and Business programmes at the UvA. They demonstrate that the quality standards are met to prospective international students. The accreditations enable UvA Economics and Business to attract excellent foreign students.

    Likewise, UvA Economics and Business can recruit and employ high-quality lecturers from abroad. International accreditations ensure that the quality of the education as well as that of the research and the organisation around them continually improves. Finally, international accreditations also act as a driver for innovation. After all, during the international accreditation inspections all aspects of UvA Economics and Business are critically reviewed. As a result, UvA Economics and Business is assumed to be in the process of continuously improving the quality of its education and research.

  • Cedeo

    The Cedeo certificate is intended as an instrument for all those who purchase study programmes, outplacement programmes or other HR services. The overview of study programmes and other HR services offered by Cedeo-certified providers is essential for drawing up a useful short list. After all, the Cedeo certificate indicates that at least 80% of a Cedeo-certified provider’s customers are ‘satisfied or very satisfied’ with the quality of the service.

  • Accreditations of national professional organisations

    Various UvA EB study programmes have been accredited by national professional organisations in the fields of accounting, actuarial science, inspection and/or auditing. We have also been accredited as a so-called permanent educational institution. This allows us to offer modules to professionals such as accountants and controllers, who are required to take regular refresher courses to keep their professional licence.

    More information

    Maurice Oudejans, Project Manager Accreditations UvA EB.

    Drs. M. (Maurice) Oudejans

    Faculty of Economics and Business