Excellence is one of the values our institution promotes and is able to achieve thanks to the quality of its processes. In this regard, the university periodically submits to a process of self-assessment and external evaluation in which it renders account of its good practices.
EAFIT became the nation’s first university to have its Institutional Accreditation renewed – via National Education Ministry resolution No. 1680, issued on March 16, 2010. The university obtained that recognition for the first time in 2003.
One of the most important aspects that Colombia’s government highlighted in renewing EAFIT accreditation was the increase in the number of full-time professors and those with master’s or doctorate degrees. Other important factors were the increase in scientific production and the number of patents, as well the ties the university has forged with industry.
Institutional Accreditation is a voluntary process in which higher education institutions undergo assessment by the government. In Colombia, 35 of 289 institutions are accredited.
At EAFIT, all programs eligible for high-quality accreditation – 16 of the university’s 21 undergraduate programs – have been granted that recognition from the Colombian government. Additionally, several of these degree programs have had their accreditation renewed.
In 2012, the university received a five-year international high-quality endorsement from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, or Accet, an organization officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. That endorsement encompasses the programs offered by the Language and Continuing Education divisions. EAFIT became the first institution in Colombia and the second in Latin America to receive this distinction.
In 2014, the institution obtained three important distinctions. On the one hand, the undergraduate program in Public Accounting received international accreditation from Mexico’s Accrediting Council for Social, Accounting, and Administrative Sciences in Latin American Higher Education, A.C. (Cacsla). It also secured international certification for its Project Management-related programs from the Pennsylvania-based Project Management Institute, which also accredited EAFIT as a registered education provider.
Likewise, EAFIT’s MBA program has received five-year accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), becoming the first in Antioquia to earn that distinction.
In addition, the Spanish for Foreigners program has been included since March 1, 2010, in the Cervantes Institute’s Associate Centers Network, an endorsement of its quality as a center for Spanish-language instruction.
The commitment to quality extends to the administrative divisions. The Admissions and Registrar’s Office, the Administrative and Financial Division, and the Human Development-University Wellbeing Division are certified under the ISO 9001-2008 standard; and the Metrology; Materials; and Soils, Concrete, and Pavement laboratories have been endorsed by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.