Business and Economics

Accreditations and rankings


  • Since 2005 all FBE's management programmes are accredited by AACSB.
  • In 2010, the Faculty obtained additional EFMD accreditation for its Business Economics and Business Engineering degrees. In 2020, our EFMD accredition was renewed for 5 more years.
  • Accreditation by NVAO is mandatory for all programmes in Flanders. 

At this moment, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the UAntwerp is the only one in Flanders with multiple international accreditations.

5 more years of high quality accreditation for the Faculty of Business and Economics of UAntwerp and AMS | February 02, 2021

We are so proud to announce that both Antwerp Management School (AMS) and the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Antwerp (FBE) extend their business accreditation by AACSB International for another 5 years. “Under the umbrella of the University of Antwerp, AMS and FBE are AACSB accredited since 2005. Receiving the maximum extension possible (5 years) highlights the high quality of our programs in business, management and economics”, says Prof. Koen Vandenbempt, Dean FBE.

Established in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving global accrediting body for Business Schools and the world’s largest global business education network, connecting educational institutions and businesses to develop exceptional global leaders. Only the best schools around the world can meet the consistent, demanding requirements of earning AACSB Accreditation—the highest standard of quality in the world. Today, there are 882 Business Schools in about 57 countries and territories or with an AACSB Accreditation, which is less than 6 percent of the world's business programs .

“We fully commit towards AACBS’s mission to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education, and we look forward to continuing this journey”, concludes Prof. Steven De Haes, Dean AMS.


There is a whole range of international rankings, each with its own method of assessing the quality of universities. The University of Antwerp scores extremely well in Young University Rankings. In the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021 for instance, the university is holds an impressive 11th place worldwide. 

Specific rankings for the Faculty of Business and Economics are:

1. Financial Times rankings


Since 2005, the Financial Times has ranked the best Masters in Management globally. The ranking has gained a lot of importance over the years. In the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2021, the University of Antwerp is selected as the only Flemish university and has placed 93th.  Our Master in Business Economics made it into the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking for the first time in 2018. UAntwerp is ranked 90th in 2021, and was placed 6th worldwide in terms of value for money.

Master in Business Economics ranks 90th in FT Master in Management ranking, 6th in terms of value for money | 13 September 2021

We are very happy to announce that our Master in Business Economics has been ranked 90th worldwide in the Financial Times Master in Management ranking 2021. And that's not all, we also obtained 6th place out of a 100 in terms of ‘value for money’. The UAntwerp is the only Belgian university that is ranked, besides business schools such as Antwerp Management School, Vlerick and Solvay.

This is the 17th edition of the FT ranking of Masters in Management (MiM) programmes. Schools must meet strict criteria in order to be eligible, and the ranking takes several factors into account such as salary, career development, diversity, internationalisation, etc. "This ranking is a great validation of our hard work to continuously improve our programme. Congratulations to all our MiM students, alumni and staff for such a great achievement", says Dean Prof. Koen Vandenbempt. 

Financial Times ranks Antwerp in top 10 economic growth potential cities | 13 February 2021

The city of Antwerp was ranked 7th for economic potential in the prestigious 'Global Cities of the Future 2021/22' rankings by fDi Intelligence in the category of cities with up to 2 million inhabitants. FDi Intelligence is the Financial Times' knowledge center on foreign investment. The city was also prided for its connectivity and was awarded the fDi Strategy Award 2020 for chemistry. Antwerp continues to take an increasingly prominent place in international rankings.

FDi Intelligence publishes the most prestigious rankings of entrepreneurial cities. A team of experts compares cities from all over the world based on their potential and attractiveness for international entrepreneurship and investment. For the 'Global Cities of the Future 2021/22' rankings, fDi Intelligence collected data from 129 cities. 

As a motivation for Antwerp's rankings, fDi Intelligence refers to the city's strategy of attracting foreign investment - particularly in the areas of digital innovation, sustainable chemistry and retail. The city's digital marketing strategy also caught the jury's eye.

2. Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2021

Eduniversal is a global leader in higher education information. Each year, Master graduates fill in surveys on which the Eduniversal's widely recognized academic rankings are based.

For the third year in a row, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Antwerp received a world ranking based on this survey. We are proud to announce that three of our programmes have been ranked:

  • The Master in Business Economics was ranked at position 35 in the ‘Best Masters Economics Top 200’. Business Economics improved its ranking compared to last year from position 38 to 35. Just like last year, the University of Antwerp has been ranked as the top Flemish university in this ranking, ahead of the KU Leuven.
  • The Master of Organisation and Management (in Dutch: ‘Master organisatie en management’) was ranked at position 40 in the ‘Best Masters General Management’. We are the only Flemish university that managed to get one of the coveted spots on this list.
  • The Master of Culture Management (in Dutch: ‘Master cultuurmanagement’) was ranked at position 30 in the ‘Best Masters Cultural Management / Creative industries Management Top 50.

Prof. dr. Koen Vandenbempt (Dean Faculty of Business and Economics – UAntwerp): 'We are proud that the hard and dedicated work of our teaching staff is appreciated by our Master graduates. This good ranking is, however, not a sign to slow down. We continue to improve and update our programmes every single day.’