Business and Economics

Accreditations and rankings

of the Faculty of Business and Economics


  • ​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, this 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 2022 for instance, the university is holds an impressive 7th 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 2022, the University of Antwerp is selected as the only Flemish university and has placed 92th. 

Our Master in Business Economics made it into the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking for the first time in 2018. UAntwerp is ranked 88th in 2022, a few places higher than last year, and was placed 7th worldwide in terms of value for money.

Financial Times ranks Antwerp for business-friendliness, economic potential and best Belgian city | 16 February 2022

In the prestigious fDi Intelligence ‘Global Cities and Regions of the Future 2022/2023’ rankings of cities with a population under two million, Antwerp scores a fantastic first place for its strategy for attracting foreign direct investment. The city also was rewarded for its business-friendliness, its economic potential and its connectivity. As a result, Antwerp reached a top 10 spot in the overall ranking of large cities, for the very first time.

View the fDi 2022/2023 rankings.​

Master in Business Economics ranks 88th in FT Master in Management ranking, 7th in terms of value for money | 12 September 2022

This just in! We're proud to announce our faculty once again appears in the Financial Times Master in Management ranking 2022, obtaining the 88th place. Besides climbing a few places compared to last year, our Master in Business Economics was also awarded with 7th place worldwide in terms of value for money! 

The UAntwerp is the only Flemish university that is ranked, besides business schools such as Antwerp Management School, Vlerick and Solvay. To be eligible, schools must meet strict criteria and the ranking takes several factors into account such as salary, career development, diversity, internationalisation, etc.

"A big thank you to our alumni and staff, this would not have been possible without your honest feedback and continuous efforts", says Dean Prof. Koen Vandenbempt. 

2. Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2022

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 fourth 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 Dutch Master of Organisation and Management was ranked at position 37 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 Dutch Master of Culture Management was ranked at position 29 in the ‘Best Masters Cultural Management / Creative industries Management Top 50.

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