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Who has established the NATIONAL BUSINESS EDUCATION ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NBEAC) and what’s the purpose of NBEAC?

National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC), was established by Higher Education Commission (HEC) vide notification No. 1-2/BAC/QAA/2007, dated March, 2007.

The purpose of NBEAC is to assure quality in Business Administration/Public Administration/Management Sciences/Commerce degree programs according to the proposed accreditation in educational institutions.  NBEAC will function at national level as accrediting authority to facilitate and enhance the quality of business education in the country.

What is the Mission of NBEAC?

“Enhancing the Quality of Business Education”

Who is controlling authority of the Council?

The controlling Authority of the Council is Higher Education Commission, through its Chairman, who supervises the affairs of the Council.

Where is the secretariat of the Council?


Higher Education Commission Sector H-8, ISLAMABAD, Pakistan.

What is Accreditation and NBEAC Accreditation Process?

Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services, operations and resources of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if prescribed standards are met. 

 NBEAC accreditation is for specific degree programs offered in Business Institutes/Universities. It is important to note that accreditation and certification are two different concepts. In general, institutions and programs are accredited, and individuals are certified. 

NBEAC Accreditation Process

The NBEAC accreditation process is composed of the following stages.

  • Initial Contact /Orientation
  • Formal Application
  • Eligibility Screening (by Secretariat)
  • Guided Development
  • Self-Assessment Process
  • Peer Review Process
  • Accreditation Decision
  • Continuous Review (after 03 years) For More Details………….

Which disciplines are under the scope of NBEAC?

Program Accreditation (Business Administration, Public Administration, Management Sciences, Commerce).

What is the eligibility criteria for NBEAC accreditation? 

Programs will be considered for accreditation if they are offered by an institution of higher learning in one of the following categories:

  • Institutions chartered by Federal or Provincial governments.
  • Institution affiliated by the chartered universities or degree awarding Institutions
  • Institutions offering degree programs under affiliation/ collaboration with foreign universities approved by HEC.
  • Institutions that operate a branch-campus under the direct supervision and control of the main campus, and conduct program that is substantially equivalent to the one located on the main campus.
  • Whereas a multi-campus will be considered as a separate institution in the evaluation/Accreditation process.

How NBEAC managing Its Functions?

NBEAC carries out its activities through the following structure:

  • Council
  • Consultative committee for selection of Peer Review Panel
  • Accreditation Inspection Committee Peer Review Panel
  • Secretariat
  • Accreditation Award Committee

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What are the primary and core functions of the council?

Primary Functions:

NBEAC provides a platform of sharing best practices. The Council is organizing a comprehensive program of all the discipline under its scope. There is a comprehensive procedure and eligibility criteria of accreditation, For that purpose the committees evaluates the relevant academic programs for accreditation and take decisions on the suitable criteria, policies, and procedures as approved by NBEAC. After Accreditation the council publishes a list of Ranking of Business Administration/Public Administration/Management Sciences, Commerce programs. For more information about Functions of the NBEAC Click Here
the Bye-Laws of the Pakistan Business Education Accreditation Council.

Core Functions:

  • Networking, Alliances and Linkages
  • Policy and Research
  • Communication with Stakeholders
  • Continuous Improvement of Standards
  • Conduct of Accreditation
  • Training and Development
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Institutional Development

What are the Benefits of Accreditation to the stakeholders?

 For Business Schools

The Self-Assessment process gives the school an opportunity to conduct in-depth analysis of its strengths and weaknesses in its internal and external environments. This will facilitate the understanding of the efficacy of the schools processes.

Business schools are able to focus on their mission, to optimize the development of faculty and the planning and delivery of learning.

Public trust and the positive reputation of programs /institution increases.

For Teachers

The process allows the program to evaluate itself with the objective of taking measures to improve its quality.

Dialogue among faculty and students is encouraged.

The program is updated with the new developments on teacher education.  Accreditation has increased professional awareness and development among the faculty.

For Students

Accreditation assures the student that quality is an important part of the educational process. And provides the basis for selecting the most appropriate degree program.

For Employers

Employers prefer to hire job applicants who have gained their degree with the appropriate accreditation status.  NBEAC accredited program ensures that the employee has received high quality education that meets the accreditation standards.

What is the Process to get Guidance for NBEAC Accreditation?

University / Business School may seek the guidance through a process of Mentoring. We can provide you the expert opinion/ assistance through our mentors in order to complete the Self-Assessment Report. For more details please read the zero visit policy of NBEAC or Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What are the outcomes of Accreditation?

The recommendations of the PRP will be presented in Annual Council Meeting for final decision. Based on these recommendations the council will award one of the four possible categories.

Full Accreditation -04 years

 Accreditation Category W: Degree programs meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation.

Provisional Accreditation

X2- (Provisional Accreditation awarded for 03 years)

X1- (Provisional Accreditation awarded for 02 years)

Degree programs with minor shortfalls expected to meet the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation within two years.

Under Consideration

Accreditation Category Y: Degree programs not meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation.


Accreditation Category Z: Degree programs seriously deficient in meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation.


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