Challenge with new certification in the area of management

The Global Management Challenge received from EFMD – The Management Development Network, the EOCCS seal of quality attributed to online management courses.

EFMD – The Management Development Network, a global organization dedicated to continuous management development and leading certification programmes, recently awarded the Global Management Challenge the EOCCS seal for online courses. For João Matoso Henriques, CEO of SDG, this is a top-level certification that guarantees quality to the Challenge, which is now on its 39th edition.

With headquarters in Brussels, EFMD has more than 900 institutions among its members, which include business schools in several universities, public services and private companies, distributed across 88 countries. Among the services they provide are a number of different certifications, including the EOCCS (Online Course Certification System) that the Global Management Challenge, organized by SDG and Expresso, had the honour to receive last month.

“This certification is aimed at online courses from business schools in universities, and the Global Management Challenge was considered by EFMD as an online platform and as a course”, explains João Matoso Henriques. He goes on to add that EFMD “affirms that participants in the Global Management Challenge, through a competition model, have access to a platform that gives them content and knowledge they can apply well, or not so well, depending on the intensity and quality of their actions”.

Prior to this latest EOCCS certification, which was developed in 2016, the Global Management Challenge already had an EFMD certification, but one that has since ceased to exist. Despite this connection, the GMC had to go through a process of evaluation from top to bottom in order to obtain the EOCCS certification.

To be awarded this particular seal of quality, all the processes of the Challenge were analysed by the certifiers, from participants to sponsors, as well as GMC clients. Among the panel of independent evaluators involved in these procedures, two specialists in simulators were also present.

“Every three years, there is a review of this process in order to remain certified.” says the CEO of SDG. In his opinion this label “gives credibility to the Challenge. For example, when companies support a team of managers, they know they are getting training for their managers with a seal of quality from a credible institution that offers top level certification, and where hundreds of universities from different countries are represented”, concludes João Matoso Henriques.

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