Accreditation types and levels

ACEEU offers accreditation for entrepreneurship and engagement. Institutions can apply for single accreditation (either entrepreneurship or engagement) or dual accreditation.

Accreditation profile


ACEEU provides institutional accreditation for both entrepreneurship and engagement. Universities can apply for single accreditation (either entrepreneurship or engagement) or dual accreditation (both entrepreneurship and engagement). The accreditation process takes between 10 to 16 months with estimated staff efforts of 320 to 560 hours for single accreditation, depending on the university’s experience with accreditation procedures and its pro-active behaviour. ACEEU’s entrepreneurial and engaged university accreditation is awarded for a period of 5 years.

Accreditation types


Seal Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial University Accreditation

An entrepreneurial university is oriented towards and strategically positioned to deliver a range of societal contributions, with a focus on economic impacts. The institution undertakes education that is focused on the development of entrepreneurial mind-sets and skills, and promotes a wide range of career opportunities, including intrapreneurship, self-employment, and entrepreneurship. Research leads to income and intellectual contributions with a high potential for commercialisation. The priority in third mission activities is entrepreneurship and the university accordingly develops its people and organisational capacity to foster innovation. An entrepreneurial university is an influential stakeholder within the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is focused on greater economic impacts in the region.
Seal Engagement

Engaged University Accreditation

An engaged university is oriented towards and strategically positioned to deliver a range of societal contributions, benefits and impacts. The institution undertakes education and research aligned with society and business needs. Education integrates external stakeholders and promotes a wide range of career opportunities, including the private, public and not-for-profit sector. Research and projects are collaborative and mutually beneficial. The priority in third mission activities is engagement and the institution accordingly develops its people, organisational capacity and external collaborations. An engaged university is an influential organisation within the wider ecosystem and is focused on, but not limited to, providing greater social and cultural impacts for the city and region.

Accreditation levels


ACEEU aims to advance education ecosystems with regards to entrepreneurship and engagement. We do not only aim to promote the world's leading organisations, but also support well-performing organisations in their development. Therefore, ACEEU provides accreditation on two different levels:

Regular Accreditation Seal

Regular Accreditation
Awarded to those organisations that meet the standards set by the Accreditation Council.
Premium Accreditation Seal

Premium Accreditation
Awarded to those organisations that are providing an exceptional performance with regards to the standards.