EQUIS Success Story: SKEMA Business School

EQUIS 20th Anniversary - Blog Series

Prof. Alice Guilhon, dean of SKEMA Business School, explains how the EQUIS Accreditation has helped in the merger of two well-established French schools and implement the necessary actions plans.
SKEMA Business School was created in 2009 by a merger between two well-established French schools: ESC Lille whose history dated back almost 121 years, and CERAM the school that for 47 years had been located in Europe’s biggest science park, Sophia-Antipolis.

The merger’s objectives were twofold:

Respond to the globalisation of markets and the economy by training talents able to work on all continents;
Respond to the digitalisation of the economy by putting knowledge and information management at the heart of its research and teaching programmes, emphasising creativity and entrepreneurship, multiculturalism and international management.

This merger thus had nothing to do with a desire to reduce costs, economise resources or rationalise our territorial implantation. It was rather a strategic project aiming to create a new type of school with the following characteristicsthe school should be multisite with its own campuses in several countries and locations, all involved in the local economy; its students were to acquire a global vision of the world with innovation as the leitmotif for learning.

When the new brand was launched in 2009, only the EFMD supported it – mostly, academic killjoys predicted our certain demise. Eight years later, many of us have seen others imitate us, either by pursuing mergers or by adopting a multisite strategy

SKEMA’s first strategic plan from 2010 to 2015 focused on making the merger a success and establishing our international development. Our accreditation by EQUIS was a precious guide to our success in achieving this first plan. Apart from an “instrumental” view of accreditation, we concentrated on the EQUIS guidelines to succeed in our merger and implement the necessary action plans. Amongst these were the SKEMA balance score card – a real tool for tracking our activity that includes key processes each of which refers to the strategic indicators defined by EQUIS, namely, status, quality of students and programmes, international activity, corporate relations and executive education, ethics and corporate social responsibility. An array of 22 strategic indicators and hundreds of operational indicators are tracked each year by SKEMA’s departments and managers. Since 2009, we have been implementing a culture of excellence, quality and continuous improvement that has enabled the school to focus on its strategic objectives.

Often the cultural differences inherent to mergers give rise to serious conflicts and psychosocial problems. Our approach focused our collaborators on developing the school, being client centred and having an efficient organisation. This meant that no time was wasted listening to a discourse lamenting the good old days, or “it was better before” etc. In this way, in November 2009 we announced the name SKEMA and in June 2010 we opened our campus in the United states!

I would like to take this opportunity to address my heartfelt thanks to EQUIS and EFMD, not only for supporting SKEMA, but also for having given us the tools and capabilities to succeed so efficiently in this extraordinary strategic project!

Yours sincerely


Maximise Your Impact – How Academics Can Communicate Knowledge Through Traditional and Digital Media

MaximizeYourImpact3DAcademics spend lots of time writing, analysing data and collaborating with colleagues on research. Once the research is finished comes the fork in the road with the following two options:
  1. Have a glass of wine with colleagues and toast the success of the research and the fact that it was well received by a small group of academics
  2. Realise that this is only a first step. Now, its time to make the effort to communicate and dare I say the evil “m” word – market – it to external audiences
Many academics say the following:
  • I don’t have time
  • This won’t help me get tenure
  • I could come across as too self-promoting
  • Journalists are going to take my work out of context
  • Social media is not for serious research - it is for communicating the trivialities of life
An alternative mindset is:
  • Communicating to the public via traditional and digital media is a means of connecting me to different audiences.
  • This is a way for me to help the school gain visibility among key stakeholder groups like alumni, current students, prospective students, board members and others. What an opportunity to be an ideal “citizen” for my school!
  • I can benefit too! Maybe communicating to external audiences will lead to a new book opportunity, speaking engagements and/or consulting assignments.
  • I am in a better position to secure future research funding because of the impact generated from building up a thought leadership platform.
  • This is a terrific opportunity to share my knowledge outside of the walls of academia and thus benefit society.
  • What a great way for learning! 
The contrast between these two mindsets is quite stark. Some are in the first category and just have no interest in thinking otherwise. Others are in the second category, but just don’t feel comfortable with communicating to external audiences through traditional and digital media, but are keen to learn. 
The book Maximise Your Impact – How Academics Can Communicate Knowledge Through Traditional and Digital Media helps academics with the following: 
  1. Thinking through the big picture
  2. Generating impact through the traditional media
  3. Generating impact by creating content on owned platforms
  4. Generating impact using social media
The book is written by Kevin Anselmo, founder of Experiential Communications and a former PR professional for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and IMD in Switzerland.  The book is based on his experiences working with academics over the past 10 years in different contexts and countries as well as the insights from journalists, media-savvy academics and other expert communicators, many of whom come from the business education space.
In addition to academics, the book will also benefit communicators looking to train their colleagues as well as leadership looking to generate buy-in from their colleagues on the importance of external communications.
More information, including access to the free Blogging Strategy Guide for Academics is at the following link.

EQUIS Success Story: Tongji SEM

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EQUIS 20th Anniversary - Blog Series

International Accreditation Boosts Tongji SEM’s Ranking of Master in Management 

In recent years, international accreditation has not only significantly improved teaching and research ability of the School of Economics and Management, Tongji University (Tongji SEM), but also effectively enhanced the international rankings and brand influence of the school.

In April 2016, after successfully obtaining the five-year EQUIS re-accreditation, Tongji SEM consecutively earned AACSB accreditation and AMBA re-accreditation, becoming one of the only four business schools in mainland China holding the three most prestigious global accreditations. 
Attaining these accreditations has helped to enhance the school’s recognition and qualified it for improved rankings by authoritative international ranking bodies.

In 2014, after obtaining EQUIS accreditation, Tongji SEM was ranked number 65 for the first time by Financial Times. This ranking body requires either EQUIS or AACSB accreditation. In 2014, Tongji SEM was one of the only two business schools in greater Chinese ranked by Financial Times.

In 2015, taking accreditation as a catalyst, the teaching and research quality of the School was improved substantially. In the meantime, the employment and salary levels of the graduates of Tongji SEM increased remarkably, while the amount of international publications was raised by 20 percent year-on-year. In that year, SEM was ranked 52nd worldwide. In 2016, with persistent efforts, the Master in Management programme of the school edged into world’s Top 50 by the Financial Times ranking. 

EQUIS is one of the world's top two authoritative and influential accreditations for business schools. 2017 witnesses the 20th anniversary of EQUIS, which pays special attention to the continuous improvement of the teaching and research quality and the internationalization and corporate connections of business schools.

So far, there are only 167 schools and universities from 41 countries around the world having obtained EQUIS accreditation, accounting for only 1 percent of the world's 15,000 business schools.

Digital Age Learning Webinars - Register Now!

The outcomes of EFMD’s Special Interest Group on Digital Age Learning will be explored during a series of webinars, starting on 28 March. The seminars offer some critical insights into the project outcomes as well as the mapping process that describes the characteristics of Digital Age Learning.

If you are keen to learn why digital transformation has important ramifications for learning inside organisations and gain insights into what companies are actually doing in this area, join this important discussion!

The webinars are free for EFMD Corporate Members and special guests.

What is Learning in the Digital Age?
  • What is learning in the digital age? 6 key characteristics
  • Why is learning in the digital age different?
  • Who is the digital age learner?
Regis Chasse, Learning and Talent Development Executive, Capgemini University
Steven Smith, Corporate Vice President, Capgemini University Director

Tuesday 28 March | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

Digital Age Learning in action - from participant engagement to impacts on the learning team
  • How have leading learning functions applied DAL to learning solutions within their company?
  • Insights and concrete recommendations of what worked and pitfalls to watch out for
  • Key lessons learned and the impacts of implementing DAL for the learning team
Sarah Otley, Next Generation Learning Lab Director & Business-to-Learning Director, Capgemini University
Steven Smith, Corporate Vice President, Capgemini University Director

Wednesday 3 May | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

How do I enable Digital Age Learning? Develop learning experience designers!
  • How to embrace the fast evolution of L&D professional’s toolkit today?
  • What capabilities distinguish a learning experience designer?
  • How to develop those capabilities?
Giuseppe Auricchio, Executive Director, Learning Innovation, IESE Business School
Ernesto Barrios, Learning Model Manager, Repsol

Tuesday 30 May | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

Call for Nominations - Young Leaders from North America and the MENA Region

Friends of Europe2Friends of Europe is seeking nominations for Young Leaders from North America, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions to work with our European Young Leaders (EYL40) Class of 2017.

Friends of Europe is looking for inspiring and established leaders between 30 and 40 years of age who are active in the politics, science, business, media, the arts and civil society. They should be creative, committed and passionate about reshaping the world. The initial application deadline is 27 March 2017.

This is the first time Friends of Europe is reaching out to these regions. The aim is to set up a dynamic network of young men and women who are linked to our influential European Young Leaders. The plan is to bring everyone together for a seminar in Tallinn on 14-16 September 2017 for a thoughtful conversation on European and global challenges.

Given the current global context, such a network of pro-active and creative young people is a compelling necessity.

Friends of Europe is a leading independent think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe. Their EYL40 programme is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging the continent's most promising talents in initiatives that will shape our future and facilitate the development of a strong network of committed young leaders.

Through their participation, young leaders will be offered opportunity to:
  • Meet top entrepreneurs, heads of state, senior government representatives, acclaimed authors and prominent experts
  • Influence and shape our common future
  • Join a strong and influential network of committed change makers
  • Benefit of high exposure through the various activities of Friends of Europe
Over the years, Friends of Europe’s think tank has secured the participation of prestigious participants from around the world, including Bill Gates; WHO Director General Margaret Chan; International President of MSF Joannne Liu; Madeleine Albright, the first woman United States Secretary of State; European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker; Nobel Prize laureates Joseph Stiglitz, Wided Bouchamaoui and Christopher Pissarides; and many others.

Please, find more information about the EYL40 programme here and further information about the outreach to Young Leaders from North America and the MENA region here.

AIB 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Research Programs in Emerging Economies

Chairs: Aya Chacar, Florida International University; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University; Lei Li, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

This workshop will bring together academic leaders responsible for enhancing research capacities, promoting a research culture and leading doctoral programs in business schools in emerging economies. Deans, Directors, Deputy Deans, Research Directors and Department Chairs of business schools committed to such endeavors are welcome to attend.

The workshop will explore means to achieving excellence in research at the local and global level by:

Enhancing academic leaders' understanding of how to develop and improve their faculty's research capacity in a manner that is highly relevant in local and global contexts;
Providing a forum for exchange of ideas, best practices and challenges among participants and panelists; and
Building networks among participants and panelists for exchange of expertise, faculty, and doctoral students.
The RCW will include panel discussions on opportunities and challenges that business schools with more limited resources face and an exchange of best practices developed and adopted by participants' business schools. It will also provide consultative forums to help attendees design practical plans to build and strengthen viable and relevant research programs in resource-constrained business schools. The RCW is especially relevant for business schools in emerging economies that want to help their faculty become more research active or take their research to the next level. All are welcome, and we particularly invite participants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, given the location of this year's workshop.

For more information, please go here

HUMANE Spring Seminar - April 7-8, 2017

The first HUMANE Seminar of 2017 will be hosted by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and will take place at the beautiful 16th century Villa Mondragone located in the hills of Rome in Frascati. 

The leadership of people, knowledge and change: the contribution of ‘the administration’ to institutional sustainability

As higher education institutions seek to adapt during turbulent times, the narrative surrounding the contribution the so called ‘administration’ makes to institutional sustainability has undergone dramatic change

Whereas once the focus was a one-dimensional lens on cost and value-for-money, institutions increasingly adopt a multi-dimensional focus on customer or client satisfaction, quality of outcomes, effectiveness and true economic efficiency, in shaping the future focus of their student, teaching and research support operations.

Nor are these new approaches to HE administrative support and institutional sustainability solely underpinned by purely technical interventions, important as process re-engineering, organisational structuring and technology are; contemporary approaches to leadership, talent development and acquisition, and cross-functional team work are now central features of many institutions’ administrative reform agendas.

Our seminar brings together an impressive array of speakers with first hand experience of leading and managing change in their institutions to affect this seismic shift from passive, reactive support services to future focused, pro-active, well led professional services, actively contributing to their institutions’ future sustainability as vibrant intellectual communities of students and staff.

Speakers and participative sessions*

Prof. Michele Bugliesi, Rector, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (IT)
- Internationalisation strategy and institutional sustainability: choices and challenges at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Dr. Enrico Lodolo, Director of IT, University of Bologna (IT)
- The digital revolution comes to Europe's oldest university: digitisation strategy and sustainability at the University of Bologna

Drs. Dries Berendsen, Director Real Estates and Campus, Utrecht University (NL) with Ove Botnevik, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Bergen (NO)
- Leadership and change in achieving space efficiency at Utrecht University: a case study

Panel session: Lessons learning from leading change for institutional sustainability
Tiia Tuomi, HR Director at Aalto University (FI), along with two other panelists

Mag. Joachim Ninaus, Director Central Services, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (AT)
- The Sustainable Universities Programme initiative Austria

Prof. Stefano Cordiner, Director of Energy Management, University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT)
- Leadership and change for energy efficiency at the University of Rome Tor Vergata: or, how I got a university to love a sustainable environment policy

John Worne, COO Arts and Sciences Faculties, King's College London (UK)
- World café - Seizing the future, small changes; big ideas

Concluding session: Key themes and practical actions to take forward from the seminar

*Speakers and presentations are subject to change

For more information, please go here

7th University - Business Forum (Organised by the European Commission)

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The 7th University- Business Forum ("University-Business Cooperation for Innovation and Modernisation") will take place in Brussels on the 6th and 7th of April 2017.

Organised by the European Commission, the Forum will bring together 400 high-level representatives from higher education institutions; large companies; SME's, relevant European organisations and associations; as well as national, regional and local authorities from Europe and beyond. It will be a unique opportunity to share and discuss your experiences, compare examples of good practice, to network and to learn from each other.

To find all practical information on the programme, how to register, how to get to the conference venue and where to stay in Brussels, please access the conference website here.

This year's Forum will address topics related to modernisation, relevance & skills; evolution and innovation; smart specialisation & regional development; the state of university business cooperation in Europe, the changing face of higher education institutions and new trends in entrepreneurship.

This event includes also an exhibition area featuring the Knowledge Alliances, which are projects funded under the Erasmus+ programme and bring together higher education institutions and companies.

International Entrepreneurial SummerCamp

summercourse poster 2017A 10 day hands-on entrepreneurship program in the heart of Ghent, Belgium organised by Ghent University, faculty of economics and business administration and funded by the Flemish Government: http://www.flandersknowledgearea.be/

The entrepreneurial summer camp aims to encourage students to become entrepreneurs. More specifically, the seminar targets letting students become aware of their capabilities to generate business ideas – and that Europe can be the perfect place to start-up and reach out in order to create change in Europe through their own entrepreneurial manner.

Goal of the seminar:
Experience Entrepreneurship in theory and practice: create and present a feasible business model within a final presentation, strengthened by workshops and leisure time.
For more information, please go here.

Save the Date - EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference

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  • Are you looking for a brilliant newly graduated PhD candidate to recruit?
  • Are your PhD students and new doctors looking for academic positions in the most prestigious business schools and universities?
The EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference for PhDs in Business and Management is an event you should already pencil in your schools’ recruiting agendas!

After a successful first edition in 2016, the EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference is organised once again as a 2-day forum where recruiters and candidates get a unique chance to meet. Mornings are dedicated to 15-min job market paper presentations and afternoons to private interviews between schools and candidates of interest.
It was great to privately meet the participants between the formal sessions and their high quality profiles allowed us to have meaningful conversations. We are very pleased to have selected and recruited two candidat
The Fair is organised in partnership with Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and hosted in Brussels on Saturday and Sunday, 9 - 10 September, with a welcome reception on Friday 8th in the evening.

The registration opens in April but please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Smart Specialisation – Evidence Based Implementation in the EU - Webinar

Triple Helix28th February 18:00 CET
Organised by The Triple Helix Association

Objective of the Webinar
The Webinar will address the emerging concept of Smart Specialisation, a place-based growth strategy that has been now fully integrated in the European Union’s Regional development policy and is already an ex-ante condition for all EU countries planning to get Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support for research and innovation investment. More than 120 Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation are currently in place and being deployed on the ground. The Webinar will present the European experience so far and will demonstrate the very successful case study of smart specialisation implementation in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It will attempt to reveal concepts, strategies and expectations targeting innovation for local growth and jobs.

Expected outcomes
At the end of the Webinar, participants will:
  • Have acquired a working knowledge of the concept of Smart Specialisation and of the practical steps they need to go through to make it operational on the ground
  • Be able to understand the European experience, identify key success factors and pitfalls, stemming from different realities in governance, regional and national innovation systems as well as approaches in empowering local innovators, start-ups and clusters
  • Outline a course of action for their own regional communities and adapt it to their economic profile and expectations
Target audience
Policy makers at all levels of government, with an emphasis on local planners. Cluster managers, corporate leaders, business innovators and academics will all benefit from the course, while their feedback will provide important insights for further developing the concept and its relationship to the Triple Helix.

THe Triple Helix Associations offers free seats to the five first EFMD members who register.
More info about the webinar here.

Green Growth and "Impact Travel" in Curricula

NT1 8123Addressing 350 Business School Deans at the EFMD Conference - Professor Geoffrey Lipman said that the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – provide a massive opportunity for the academic world, but they need to be approached with a big reality check on the tensions between aspiration, implementation, and finance. He also drew attention to the 15-year timeframe for delivery, with a bottom -up local action framework, reviewed and adjusted every 5 years.

In a session with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs and Per Cramer, Dean of Gothenburg Business School, Lipman noted that there are not just 17 Goals covering every aspect of life on the planet, but 169 targets and 304 indicators. He also underscored that every network across the world is establishing its own priorities and identified 3 key areas that would add to Business Schools traditional focus.

“Above all Climate Resilience” must be the overarching top focus, because it is existential. Existential means that if we don’t fix it future generations won’t survive” Lipman said.

Second, he underscored “Green Growth support” as a huge potential for job creation and SME development. He noted the challenges of lucid analysis and performance measurement, and suggested that the renewable energy and sustainable economy paradigms would offer massive new educational need.

Finally, he referenced “Impact-Travel” as an untapped area for Business Schools, Universities, and the School System. Lipman defined Impact-Travel as having positive and negative benefits measured and managed coherently; with Green Growth at the core and connected to the 4th Industrial Revolution. He concluded that this area cross cuts mobility, hospitality and support services, including a massive infrastructure demand and SME supply chain.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman is co-founder of SUNx - Strong Universal Network - a new system for Tourism destinations and stakeholders to build Climate Resilience in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement through “Impact-Travel.” It is managed by the Belgian-based not-for-profit Green Growth & Travelism Institute (GGTI).

SUNX supports community climate resilience through Impact -Travel, (pros / cons measured and managed, green growth at the core and 2050 future proofed). Our X brand shows both the eXistential reality of climate change and the eXchange of innovation and learning through the SUN “Centres, Connections and Community” system.

For further information please visit http://www.thesunprogram.com/ or contact Olly Wheatcroft, Program Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NBEAC’s 4th Deans and Directors Conference - Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan1NBEAC’s 4th Deans and Directors Conference took place on 7-8 February 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The conference, organised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council, gathered more than 800 participants, among which more than 100 Deans of Pakistani Business Schools, Faculty members and Industry representatives.

The topic of the conference was “Business Education and its Context: Points of Convergence and Divergence”.

Christophe Terrasse, Director, International Projects at EFMD, took part in the panel discussion on local vs. global practices for Quality Assurance and Accreditation. During his intervention, he underlined the importance of international accreditation that signals the outstanding quality of the institution but also facilitates its insertion among a selected group of prestigious institutions. Even more important is the input it gives to the school to put in place rigorous quality assurance mechanisms and improvement strategies.

However, institutions should not underestimate the amount of time and resources needed. In particular, they are advised to plan carefully their accreditation strategy and secure first national and regional accreditation before going for an international accreditation. They can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, such as EDAF – Deans Across Frontiers, to prepare a gap analysis and to progress towards defined development objectives with the support of an experienced dean from the EFMD team.

EFMD has a long standing cooperation with NBEAC and regularly provides resources for training, joint activities and participation to the NBEAC conference. EMFD was particularly proud to host the 2-day International Training Workshop on Quality and International Accreditation in June 2016, to which five Pakistani business schools attended.

Pakistan2EFMD also led a regional EU-funded project that initiated a regional accreditation system for business education in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).

EFMD counts five member institutions in Pakistan: Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) – Suleman Dawood School of Business, UMT - University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (Sukkur IBA) – Faculty of Business Administration and the NBEAC – National Business Education Accreditation Council.

RSA Policy Expo Grant Scheme - New in 2017

RSA logoThe Regional Studies Association has launched a new policy research initiative worth £15,000 (C. €17,000, US$18,000) to successful teams aiming to connect their work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.

The Association seeks a leading and impactful role for its community, to inform and influence policy and practice in creative and ambitious ways.The aim is to support Expos addressing issues that are important, current and having an impact on society. These Expos will investigate how the communities of regional studies, regional science, urban studies and related fields can respond to new societal challenges and opportunities. 

In 2017, the RSA provides funding for up to three Expos on topics related to the priority areas set out in the RSA Development Plan 2015 – 2020.

Applications are invited on the following themes:
  • Industrial Strategy and the Role of Industry, Employment & Apprenticeships in Cities and Regions
  • Climate change, adaptation and governance
  • Global Migration and regional development
The two key deliverables from each Expo are:
  • an article for Regional Studies, Regional Science with the Article Processing Charge (APC) sponsored by the Association from the withheld portion of the grant (articles will be subject to peer review)
  • a book in the new RSA Impact and Policy Series. This would be a minimum 25,000 and maximum 30,000 words policy book. It could be in the form of a report or edited papers with an introduction and conclusion. It must include an executive summary highlighting the policy implications from the work.
Expos will normally run for no more than 18 months from commissioning to the submission of the book and RSRS article for review

The submission deadline for detailed applications is 6th March 2017, 3pm (GMT). 

More information on this Grant Scheme can be downloaded
here (Call for Application; RSA Policy Expo: Handbook and Application)

In addition, we wish to remind you other funding opportunities with the RSA:

Please feel free to forward this call to anyone who you feel would be interested in these opportunities to address key issues and reach a global audience.

If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


HigherEd - the Global Talent Portal is Live

higherEd logo 2017 HigherEd Global Talent Portal is now onboarding students and offering them positions from the EFMD corporate members. We are ready to onboard the next batch of Schools!

With the collaboration of EFMD Global Network, Highered Global Talent Portal has begun the process of onboarding students from a hundred EFMD GN member Schools, including IE, IESEG, HKBU, Hult International Business School, the University of Sydney Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and BI Norwegian Business School.

The portal welcomes daily 25-50 top quality global opportunities from the EFMD Corporate members. Those offers include internships, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions.

Since its launch, over a thousand students join the portal every week. These students now have access to a dynamic global network of opportunities. The HigherEd initiative provides the students with an additional step to help build their experience portfolio on a global level.

This Global Talent Portal comes as an additional resource exclusively for EFMD GN members. It is targeted towards international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

This is how Deusto Business School in Madrid has presented the portal to their students:

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How can your company benefit from the portal?
The portal will give the companies an access to an exclusive pool of three million outstanding international intern prospects, creating a unique opportunity to follow the students that are in their target groups throughout the lifecycle of their specific education and career paths. Tapping into a vast pool of selected quality graduate talent in one single place is at the heart of this initiative.

Trends in Curriculum: Innovation and Design - A Webinar by MBA Roundtable

Curriculum image ResizedWednesday, February 22, 2017
1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CTL

MBA Roundtable organises virtual educational presentations related to MBA curricular and co-curricular topics.

MBA program leaders often find themselves in one of two situations – planning for the future or reacting to how other schools are adapting to the industry. A look back at 2015 and 2016 can help place some of these changes in perspective. This two year review will provide insight into how the industry is changing and how program administrators are adjusting to those changes.

This look back is high level and relies on a review of more than 2,250 non-academic and academic articles archived by the MBA News Digest, a news-aggregation service. While these articles may not totally represent what happened in graduate business education during this period, they do represent subjects that program managers, faculty members and editors thought were important enough to write about and publish. Some of what will be discussed is hopefully just distinctive – one-time occurrences. On the other hand, several recurring themes did surface.

Presenter: Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP 
Rodney is the founder of the MBA News Digest, a news aggregation service that provides B-School leaders access to information about what is happening in MBA programs and B-Schools around the world.  He served as Assistant and Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs at Kennesaw State University and as the EMBA Program Director. During this time, he helped create an Executive MBA for Physician Executives and negotiated and participated in the design of an on-site Executive MBA for BellSouth/Cingular/ATT Corporations. 

He also served as the first Director of the Georgia WebMBA Program where he helped create the Georgia WebMBA including curriculum development, faculty assignment, marketing and enrollment activities, and a revenue sharing plan along with four other Georgia universities. His international experience includes managing a joint Executive MBA program for Kennesaw State University and the Romanian-American Executive MBA Program of the Institute for Business and Public Administration-Bucharest (IBPAB)-ASEBUSS.  He has a long-standing association with the MBA Roundtable. He served as President for two years and he served on the Board of Directors for more than 10 years.  Rodney received his BBA and MBA degrees in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University and DBA from the University of Kentucky. He resides in Durham, NC.

Presented in partnership with:
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For more information, please go here
To register, please go here

2017 EFMD-HUMANE Summer School and Asia-Pacific School

Looking to develop your leadership and management skills in higher education?

EFMD and HUMANE are launching two brand new development programmes following the success of their annual Winter School.

The EFMD – HUMANE Summer School “Transforming Higher Education Professional Services”, Freie Universität Berlin, 27 August - 1 September 2017

The Summer School will focus on the leadership and management of transformational changes in professional services, vital for institutional competitiveness.

A highly intensive curriculum for middle and senior managers directly involved in – or aspiring to be part of - a significant transformation programme.

More information on the Summer School is available in the brochure.

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The EFMD – HUMANE Asia-Pacific School “Managing International Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education”, University of Hong Kong, 8-13 October 2017

The Asia-Pacific School will focus on international strategic partnerships between higher education institutions from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and from Europe.
A one-week development programme for fast track mid-career to senior managers, bringing together professionals from across Asia-Pacific and Europe.
More information on the Asia-Pacific School is available in the brochure.

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The two Schools will offer a dynamic experiential learning experience with practical case-based teamwork. You will gain thorough understanding of the different models and approaches which are critical to the decision-making process. You will also have plenty of practical opportunities to further develop your leadership skills.       

Do not miss these exciting opportunities to learn from leading experts and practitioners, and share with peers!

The online application is now open. 
Please fill in the online application form, where you will be asked to submit:
  • A one-page statement describing your interest and qualifications
  • A one- (or maximum two-) page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from your heads of administration or the equivalent senior managers.
Apply here for the EFMD-HUMANE Summer School  – Deadline: 15 May 2017

Apply here for the EFMD-HUMANE Asia-Pacific School – Deadline: 15 June 2017

CEEMAN - 2017 Programmes

CeemanProgramme Management Seminar - 5-7 April 2017 - Bled, Slovenia

This seminar is aimed at developing operational excellence in business schools and management development institutions and has educated so far close to 400 participants from 100 business schools in 40 countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

This unique seminar is aimed at program managers in charge of delivery of educational programs. They will improve their skills related to the promotion and delivery of educational programs and learn about best practices in initiating, developing, organising, coordinating and streamlining program management processes and methodologies.

For more information, please go here.

MTA - International Management Teachers Academy - 11-12 June 2017 - Bled, Slovenia

CEEMAN International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) provides a unique opportunity for young faculty to develop their curricula, course design, teaching materials and particularly teaching skills and methods. The program is heavily based on the case method, including teaching with cases, case writing, and performance evaluation and feedback to students. It is also designed to improve competences and skills integral to specific managerial disciplines, and provides input essential in other areas of a faculty member's professional life, such as consulting, institution development and administration, and social responsibility.

For more information, please go here.

New Study Identifies How Students Use School Websites to Decide Where to Study

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The cost of a degree programme and its ranking position are the two most sought after pieces of information for students when looking at a business school website, reveals the ninth edition of the GenerationWeb study by CarringtonCrisp, supported by EFMD.

More than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 57 nationalities took part in the study which found that course fees (chosen by 82%) and rankings (78%) were the most important elements on a business school website.

Conversely, the information that prospective students are least concerned with is alumni profiles, with only 18% citing it as important content on a business school website.

Andrew Crisp, author of the study comments: “The business school market gets more competitive every year and prospective students want to know first what a course will cost them and second, how prestigious it is compared to rival schools. The low position for alumni profiles is surprising, but may be an indication that students are sceptical of alumni profiles neatly marketed to them, preferring to get views on the strength of a school directly from friends and peers on social media.”

The study’s other key findings include:

  • The number of students who search for business school videos on YouTube and other video sharing platforms has increased again to 42%. Amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students, 59% watch videos on business school websites.
  • The trend for searching for business school information on social networking sites has continued with 48% responding that they use these channels. Five years ago, fewer than a fifth of respondents used these channels when considering where to study.
  • Facebook is the most used platform (92%) of those who use social media to get business school information followed by LinkedIn (71%), WhatsApp (71%), Instagram (62%), Google+ (43%) and Twitter (38%).
Regardless of the channel being used, interesting and engaging content is vital. Andrew Crisp concludes: “With thousands of business schools in the world, differentiation can be a challenge. The problem with many business schools’ ads, is that they say little that is different to competitors. Prospective students want hard evidence of why a school is different and right for them, but presented as a story, not a hard sell.”

Please visit BusinessSchool.guru and CarringtonCrisp websites to learn more or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press (+44 (0)7789 698630).


The research was carried out in April and May 2016 amongst 609 undergraduate and postgraduate students (65% female / 35% male – 57 nationalities). Since 2007, the study has reviewed almost 200 business school websites. In the current study, 37 business school websites were reviewed. 


CarringtonCrisp is a specialist higher education consultancy, providing market research, strategy consulting and creative services across higher education globally. The company was established in 2003 and has worked with more than 130 institutions in over 30 countries. 

How Do HR Professionals Perceive the Effectiveness of Leadership Development in Their Organisations?

LDWhen HR professionals were asked to rate the effectiveness of their organisations’ current Leadership Development practices, on average, 34% of HR professionals perceived their LD activity as “a little” or “not at all” effective; only one out of six considered their Leadership Development to be “very effective.”   

The sample consisted of members from NOCA, EFMD and SHRM, with a total of 422 HR professionals responding to an online questionnaire.

These HR professionals indicated they saw their LD function as having a strong influence on the effectiveness of LD in their organisations. But the engagement of participants and stakeholders was what kept them awake at night. Which is a clear concern in times of growing attention to social and informal learning with a growing use of self-managed and supervisor- or peer-supported development. This will necessitate greater responsibility for participants and related stakeholders and building that culture can be considered the key challenge for professionals involved in LD.

Read more on how HR professionals perceive the effectiveness of leadership development in their organisations, which obstacles and supporting context factors they see and what should be done to improve the effectiveness of leadership development in the research report.

Download it here.

PRME Statement in Defense of Universal Values and Principles as Preconditions for Responsible Management Education

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The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The PRME initiative comprises over 600 business schools and management-related academic institutions in over 85 countries worldwide.

Our global community has thrived on the commitment and the ideas brought by people from around the world. We contribute to global knowledge through the free movement of students, teachers and researchers. 

Furthermore, as a UN-backed initiative, we are speaking up to defend universal values and principles of the United Nations, namely equality, non-discrimination, freedom, and diversity. We are convinced that these values and principles are one of our greatest strength. Therefore, we are deeply concerned about growing protectionism, nationalism and populism on the global stage. Any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies as well as educational and research activities are based. Scientific progress depends fundamentally on an open exchange of ideas, scholars and students. To meet global challenges like climate change that are threatening our lives and those of future generations, we must depend on a science-based system of evidence. In combination, these developments have significant negative impacts on our economies and societies, on cooperation and peace in the world.

We considered the implications for the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 7th PRME Assembly and PRME’s 10th Anniversary scheduled to take place in New York City, USA, this July. We have deep concern for those potentially restricted from attending our conference and the implications for our shared values. Like other academic organisations we deliberated on a potential cancelation. After intensive consultations we decided to continue planning the event in NYC for the following reasons:

  • We want to signal our support for the values and principles of equality, non-discrimination, freedom and diversity.
  • We want to make use of the opportunity to address the issues in a meeting with the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). 
  • We will adapt our agenda to provide space for discussing the reasons for our concerns in a constructive manner. 
  • We will make every effort to connect with those restricted from attending via technology. 
  • Future annual PRME conferences will be organised in locations providing equal access to all participants. 
  • PRME signatories are reminded that they are welcome to attend regional PRME Chapter meetings in other locations as well, a full overview of meetings can be found on the PRME website. 
We are heartened by the leadership shown by academic institutions, corporations and graduates of business and management schools, particularly in support of refugees. Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, per international refugee law.

We remain committed to our mission to prepare a new generation of globally responsible leaders and to preserve the freedom of research, teaching and learning in an international community. It is part of our responsibility to critically address any threats to these fundamental values and principles.

We call for more business and management-related higher education institutions around the world to join us and stand up for the principles and values we all share.

With warm regards,

Andrew Main Wilson
Chair, PRME Steering Committee

Jonas Haetle 
Head, PRME

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2017 Trends in International Student Recruitment

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StudyPortalsThese days, there is a widespread and wide-ranging conversation about globalisation; but only by visiting classrooms in every corner of the world can you see it in action. International students around the world are part of a movement bigger than themselves – a movement involving millions of people at thousands of campuses.

At the moment there are more than 5 million students pursuing their education outside of their home countries – a number three times that of international student enrolments in 1990. By 2022, the number of internationally mobile students is expected to reach 7 million. The most significant growth in international education comes from Asian students, who are looking to study abroad in English.

International education is now open to the masses, and no longer only available the world’s elite. This expansion is particularly driven by a rising middle class that now exists on every continent.

Student mobility, like many other economics and social principles, follows the laws of offer and demand: The popularity of study destinations corresponds to the number of globally-appealing programmes that different countries offer, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. These are, unsurprisingly, also the countries with the highest number of English-taught programmes around the world.

China’s and India’s rise to the world’s top 10 most powerful economies (and South Korea currently holding the 15th place) has given rise to an increased demand for higher education. These three countries are also leading sources of globally mobile students. One in every six international students now comes from China, while Asian students make up more than a quarter of the world’s mobile students.

International education is not a static phenomenon; it is influenced by international politics, changing demographics and economic factors.

What do we expect to see in the coming year, based on our expert insights and the mountain of data we have gathered on international study choice? Here are our top predictions for the year, including:
  1. The sharp increase of English-taught Bachelor degrees in Europe;
  2. Asia increasingly becoming a strong player not just in sending students abroad, but also receiving them;
  3. Universities putting more emphasis on student diversity and having the right mix of students on campus
  4. Placing a strong emphasis on responsive university websites
  5. Big data informing more marketing decisions for universities
  6. Embracing 24/7 recruitment around the year
  7. Brexit making a strong impact on the what the future of international education will look like in the next years
  8. Shifting trends in discipline and sub-discipline popularity
  9. ROI in student recruitment activities receiving more attention this year
  10. Alternative access routes becoming more popular for universities with a strong international focus
You may download the full report here.

Intense Development Experience for Teaching and Learning Executives

Executive Academy LogoTeaching & Learning Executives need to manage academic degree programmes in alignment with institutional strategies, while taking into account a multitude of challenging performance targets. They need to add value by being champions of implementation. They need to master the power of influence, but are often provided with only scarce direct authority to do so.

Keeping in mind this existing pressure within the academia, EFMD GN has designed The Executive Academy, the only development offer for leaders of teaching & learning activities and targets the premium segment of the business school sector. The unique, pioneer and accentual theme of the program is therefore “From Leading Without Authority to Leading With Impact".

The Executive Academy journey will commence in May with its Europe Stream, which will be followed by the Americas Stream in June. The tour around the globe will conclude with the Asia Stream in October. Participants may register for only one stream.

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We will admit a maximum of 20 participants to each stream. A rigorous and challenging admission process will ensure that peer-to-peer interaction in the Executive Academy will be meaningful and ability enhancing for all participants. The deadline to submit completed application form for the European stream (Prague) is March 30, 2017.

The core of the Executive Academy is a face-to-face week in the selected region, preceded by a preparatory phase, which includes self-study and a comprehensive 360° feedback exercise. The face-to-face week will be followed by a project phase at the participants’ home institutions with support and feedback provided by the global faculty facilitators.

The Executive Academy has been designed to make participants more effective in their executive roles, and participants will:

  • Advance through a self-discovery process to better understand their strengths and limitations, which will contribute to the bridging of self-knowledge and self-leadership.
  • Learn how to drive a strategy-driven programme design and review process, how to manage different performance layers and how to interlink stakeholder expectations and satisfaction.
  • Understand and implement disruptive strategies in business education and map performance metrics to actions and milestones.
For complete program details, application and admission process, please visit our official website and/or contact us directly on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Future MBA: 100 Ideas for Making Sustainability the Business of Business Education

Book Future of MBAStarting January 1st, Giselle Weybrecht, author of The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability is posting 100 examples of innovative sustainability programmes at business schools around the world over 100 days. The 100 examples coincide with the launch of, and are meant to be a complementary resource to, her latest book, The Future MBA: 100 Ideas for Making Sustainability the Business of Business Education. The Future MBA explores how we could rethink business education to produce the leaders that our business and the planet need, particularly to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Business plays a key role in advancing the Global Goals, but business schools play an even more crucial, undervalued role in the successful long-run implementation. Business schools influence the people and decisions that impact the achieving the SDGs. Yet schools need to adapt and change their programs, and embed sustainability into their curricula to ensure that all of their graduates have a positive impact in their post-graduation careers. They also need to explore new, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches that focus on making research more impactful and curriculum more relevant.

The 100 examples will explore all aspects of business education, including curriculum, research, partnerships and campus activities. To follow the examples or to submit your own visit http://www.100futuremba.com

Take Part in the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2017

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The Centre for Learning and Management Practice, at the Indian School of Business, and Ivey Business School, Western University, Ontario, Canada, announce the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2017. The annual competition identifies and publishes the best India-centric business cases from around the world.

The Centre for Learning and Management Practice at the Indian School of Business hosts this event in partnership with Ivey Business School, Western University. The event is supported by Ivey Publishing, the publishing arm of Ivey Business School, and EFMD.

Launched in 2010, the competition has established its prominence in India and abroad and is widely considered a valuable source for cases by B-Schools around the world. The competition generates a growing number of submissions and published cases each year, facilitating its goal of building a repository of a high-quality, internationally benchmarked cases about Indian businesses.

A panel of internationally acclaimed subject experts judge shortlisted cases in a double-blind review process and provides written feedback on each case. The top cases from this competition are marketed and distributed to a global audience of business schools through Ivey and distributed through Ivey Publishing and Harvard Publishing, the two largest sources of business cases in the world.

Over the years, more than 100 cases have been selected and published through the route of the competition. The competition has also been instrumental in building and refining case writing capability among B-school faculty submitting cases to the competition. 


You are invited to participate in the competition. The last date for submitting the Participation Form is February 28, 2017.

For more information, please go here.

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education

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 Bringing the SDGs to Every Classroom

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative of the United Nations Global Compact is convening the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education — 7th PRME Assembly in conjunction with the United Nations High-Level Political Forum.

Join fellow leaders in helping to shape the future of business and management education, and to support the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

When? 18-19 July 2017

Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus — New York, NY (with a Special Session to be held at the United Nations Headquarters).

Over 300 pioneers and thought leaders of responsible management education including deans, university presidents, professors, researchers, business school accreditation bodies, and students, in addition to high level guests from the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, and the media.

The 2017 Global Forum will provide a collaborative platform and action-oriented space to:
  • Celebrate 10 years of PRME and take stock of achievements by individual PRME signatories and impacts of the initiative (Looking back). 
  • Raise awareness about the SDGs and highlight their relevance for business and management schools (Learning). 
  • Lay the groundwork for PRME's next phase: Highlighting commitments of PRME signatories and stakeholders to implement the SDGs underscored by the 6 PRME Principles in teaching, research and thought leadership (Looking forward).

How? The basic format of the Global Forum programme will be composed of three main sessions and a variety of focus meetings with PRME networks and partners, including:
  • Keynote address and panel discussions from high level thought leaders 
  • "Collaboratories" of interactive and solution-oriented discussion 
  • Time for pre-planned and impromptu collaborations among participants 
  • Networking opportunities
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Almost 2 Billion Euros: This is the Annual Impact of Eight Business Schools on the Economy of their Region

A recent Business School Impact System (BSIS) report shows that eight Business Schools have an annual impact of 1,9 billion Euros on the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The aim of this impact assessment exarcise was to determine the extent and nature of impact in case of the following schools:

  • emlyon business school
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Grenoble IAE
  • Groupe ESC Clermont
  • IAE Auvergne
  • iaelyon School of Management
  • IAE de Saint Etienne
  • IAE Savoie Mont Blanc
Some key findings include:
  • 1,9 billion euros annual financial impact
  • Almost 700 researchers-faculty members, with high internationalisation
  • Around 32 000 students into the Schools’ degree programmes
These results confirm that Business Schools have not only a direct financial impact through the budget, but also an indirect impact through the money students, employees and professors spend in the region.

This was the first time in France that management education institutions worked as partners to measure their impact. The Schools now hope that the positive results will enable them to help the region develop further its policies in the higher education, research and innovation areas.

“We are thrilled to have participated in a collective project within the Auverge-Rhône-Alpes region. For us, it is not only the first collective process of its kind in France, it is also our school’s first BSIS experience. We are now working on a second impact measurement process upon the Clermont-Vichy-Auvergne metropole,” says Françoise Roudier, Director General, ESC Clermont Group.

About BSIS
The Business School Impact System (BSIS) scheme is designed to determine the extent of a school’s impact upon its local environment – the city or region in which it is located. The scheme was initially designed by FNEGE (the French National Foundation for Management Education) and is already well established in the French higher education arena.

The BSIS process has been adapted for an international audience and is now offered in a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.

To learn more about BSIS, please visit the BSIS website here.

Doctoral Programme in Management LUISS Guido Carli - Application & Admission

Positions available for enrollment in the PhD in Management
Academic year 2017/2018

LUISS invites outstanding candidates to apply for the PhD Program in Management. The PhD is an intense and rigorous programme that equips student with the research skills to become world-leading experts in the chosen field of studies. Under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty, students conduct independent field-based research in strategy and organization, innovation and entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, corporate finance, and business ethics, responsibility and sustainability. The PhD is a 4-year full time programme. All classes are taught in English. Graduating students find placement primarily in the world of research, both academic and non-academic, as well as in large consulting organizations and firms.

LUISS offers up to seven fellowships to attend the PhD. Admitted students are offered a financial support package which includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of approx. 12.500€ net per year to cover living expenses during the 4 years of the degree. Additionally, students have access to funding for research trips as well as a grant increment if they spend a visiting period at a prestigious international university.

To apply for the LUISS PhD Program in Management, please visit the page: how to apply.
Applications are due by 20st April 2016.

The PhD program is comprised of four years of full-time study. The first two years are dedicated to coursework, while the third and fourth years are dedicated to research and dissertation. Year 1 consists of disciplinary courses in management and research methods. Year 2 is dedicated to courses on a chosen field of specialization, concluding with the development of a research proposal. Years 3 and 4 are devoted to research and to dissertation preparation, culminating in the submission and defense of the thesis. To develop a program suited to their interests, students are encouraged to gain research experience by closely working with the LUISS faculty and to spend at least one semester at an internationally renowned research university.

Recent placements include Bocconi University (I), Carlos III University (ES), Copenhagen Business School (DK), University of Hamburg (DE), University of Leuven (B), and University of San Francisco State (US).

What Prospects for Business School Graduates? - GMAC's 2016 Year-End Poll of Employers Report

GMAC Employers reportThe Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)’s 2016 Year-End Poll of Employers Report is a snapshot of the global employment prospects for business school graduates. GMAC fielded a short poll of employers across the globe to collect data on actual hiring outcomes for MBA and master’s-level business school graduates in the past year. These same employers were asked to provide insights into their business strategies for the coming year and projected 2017 hiring demand for graduate business talent.

The report shows that actual 2016 hiring numbers were solid for MBA graduates and on par for graduates of most non-MBA programs, except for Master in Management candidates, who saw lower employer demand than typical. Nevertheless, 2017 hiring projections reflect continued healthy demand for recent graduates of master-level business programs—especially MBAs. Hiring projections are also strong for bachelor’s degree-holders and experienced direct-from-industry hires.

Some additional key findings include:
  • 96% of employers say that hiring recent business school graduates creates value for their companies and 71% consider that recruiting graduates of MBA and non-MBA business master’s programs is a priority in their company’s hiring plans.
  • Salaries in 2017 expected to increase for business graduates. Of the employers with plans to hire recent MBA graduates in 2017, 58% plan to increase their starting annual base salaries either at or above the rate of inflation.
  • 9 in 10 companies surveyed have internship programs and employers will continue to extend internship opportunities to business students. Of the respondents who have internships available, 66% plan to offer internships for MBA candidates in 2017. 82% of those companies will maintain (23%) or increase (59%) the number of internships offered to these candidates.
  • The majority of employers (56%) characterize their company direction as expanding and growing, a quarter (27%) describe their company’s direction as maintaining current position, and 16% say their companies are still overcoming economic challenges.
Featured topics include:
  • Actual employer hiring outcomes for 2016 and hiring projections for 2017, collected for the following candidate types: MBA,1 Master of Accounting, Master in Management, nonbusiness master’s, bachelor’s degree, and experienced direct-from-industry hires;
  • Directional salary projections for the coming year;
  • Availability of internship offerings in 2017; and
  • A discussion of employer organizational goals in relation to hiring projections.
The report provides guidance and information to graduate business school career services offices as they prepare their next class of graduating students for the job market. Where appropriate, commentary includes employment trends that impact bachelor’s-degree candidates and experienced industry hires.

To download the full report, please go here

Online Learning: Expecting Quality

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Today, the need to expand knowledge is being required with increasing frequency both professionally and personally. In the workplace, at school, and at home, we can benefit from the enormous, rapidly growing volume of online learning experiences that are offered by a seemingly unlimited number of providers on the web. Some courses provide fantastic learning opportunities – but some don’t.

By Anne Swanberg,
In this short article I am asking two questions that I think all providers – and consumers – of online learning should give thought to.

The first is, ”Why should we be concerned about the quality of online courses?” This can easily be answered by pointing to the development in the MOOC arena. Where appropriate infrastructure exists, online learning has become a readily available commodity, and Coursera, EdX, and FutureLearn have attracted millions of learners to their open online courses over the last three years. Having said this, the drop-out rate is, in fact, quite high, although the MOOC participants certainly enrolled with the intention of learning online. Perhaps they achieved what they were looking for before completing the course – or the course simply did not meet their expected level of quality.

Skeptics of the growing popularity of online delivery of education have been vocal in their concern about the quality of learning. Even after thirty years of delivering distance learning online, we are still in the early days of true online learning for the masses, and we are still seeking the best and the most efficient learning methods in this realm. Because our lives demand continuous learning, and the fact that this learning increasingly happens online, we should be concerned about the quality of the learning process and the outcomes from online learning experiences.

The second question I am asking is, Can the quality of an online course be measured accurately? One definition of quality is whether the learners actually experience what they expected when they enrolled in a course. This definition is based heavily on the individual learner’s previous experience with both learning in general and online learning in particular.

As we gain more insight and knowledge about how we approach an online learning situation and how we interact with the learning material, we may also draw up some common standards for what we assume to be “good” learning experiences in an online environment. For example, the structure of learning materials and how they are presented to the learners are important quality indicators. The user interface of the VLE/LMS also affects participants’ experience, as do the length, sound, and image in a video – all of which clearly indicate something about the quality of the course in general. Standards help to describe whether quality meets expectations, or rises above or falls below them. In addition to experience and the development of standards, benchmarking and peer assessment are also methods of measuring quality.

As we are constantly moving in the direction of online delivery, it is even more important to make sure that the online learning outcomes are of high quality. In 2016, EFMD Global Network has piloted a new certificate for online courses (including MOOCs) within the field of management education: EOCCS – the EFMD Global Network Online Course Certification System. A set of criteria and standards has been developed by an expert panel consisting of members of EFMD. The assessment of quality is based on standards and criteria measured through a self-assessment and a peer assessment method. The EOCCS process is open for regular certification since November 2016.

Watch Anne Swanberg's presentation on Improving Quality in Online Learningat the Online Educa Conference in Berlin.

Dr. Anne Swanberg is the Director of LearningLab, a competence centre for teaching, learning and ICT at BI Norwegian Business School, which has 20,000 students, among them 3000 online-course participants. She is also the Project Director of the EFMD Global Network Online Course Certification System (EOCCS), which is working to enhance the quality of online courses.

Take Part in the EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Award 2017

EiP2017 Header bannerThe EiP Awards have developed into one of the leading global awards that recognise excellence in learning and development partnerships. In difficult times we need to reinforce the importance of investments in Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organisational Development.

Come and show us your achievements!

Taking part in this Award helps the client and its provider(s) to develop and reflect on the impact and value of their L&D initiative and the contribution it has made to the client organisation.

“The whole process allowed us to build up trust and commitment with our corporate partner, which form a great foundation for future projects.” (EiP participant 2016)

Next submission deadline: 20 March 2017

Expression of interest:
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For more info, please consult: EiP Brief, Submission Guidelines and FAQ’s.

A last online information session will take place on 17 February for those who may have any questions about the Awards and submission process.

EiP 2016 Gold and Silver winners

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The EiP 2016 Gold and Silver winners are providing many good insights for your own programmes: Don’t hesitate to participate in the series of EiP 2016 webinars from November to January (free registration).

The winning cases are also showcased in EFMD Global Focus Special Supplement available online.

If you want to be informed automatically on all what concern the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards, please subscribe to EFMD mailing lists.

BarCamp on “Learning Transformation” - Siemens - 24 March

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You’re a learning organisation on the move? Where are you now? How did you get there? Where are your heading?

Don’t miss the upcoming ‘EFMD Sharing Best Practice CLIP Workshop' hosted by Siemens Global Learning Campus (Munich, Germany) on 23 (evening) - 24 March 2017.

Talking about change is not making change happen. It’s time to do things differently. In today’s connected world, it’s likely that people have solutions you are desperately looking for. Actually, it’s likely that they work in your own organisation. And yes – it’s not always the management or an expert that comes up with the best idea.
That’s why Siemens Learning Campus started its own change with a total new approach to their yearly all hands meeting – it became the LC BarCamp 2012 and the idea still goes on.

Kai Liebert, Head of Siemens Learning Campus, and his team will share their experience by taking us through this exceptional journey!

In this BarCamp, you will bring your expertise, questions and ideas, and exchange them with your colleagues from other organisations such as Amcor Flexibles, Beiersdorf, Eli Lilly, Erste Group, EDP, Metro AG., Raiffeisen Bank international, Sberbank University, SwissRe, Unicredit Group, etc. 

Upon registration, you will be invited to share your own case, interact with other participants and prepare the Camp on our Wiki dedicated - our journey starts here!  

Who will you learn from?
40 highly motivated participants willing to share their experiences and knowledge!

What can you expect?
  • Learning from real cases on the current transformation of the learning organisations
  • Interacting and sharing ideas and hands-on experience with peers
  • Getting help and advice from your peers on your current challenges
Motto: No tourists!

The number of seats is limited to 40 and assigned on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to EFMD members.

To register, please click here.

Please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions regarding this seminar.

Digital Age Learning - Corporate Advisory Seminar - 13 January

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This EFMD Corporate Advisory Seminar, hosted by Pirelli (Milan, Italy) on 12 (evening) and 13 January, will provide key outputs and lessons learned from the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) on Digital Age Learning.

The digital revolution profoundly impacts the future of work and it requires a fundamental rethink of the corporate learning function. EFMD has launched the “Digital Age Learning Special Interest Group" to look in depth at how learning must change and how the function has to shape up in this disruptive context. The group has been active since April 2016 and has accumulated knowledge, ideas and good practices. Members are going to share these with you through this one-day seminar. 

Sponsored by Capgemini Corporate University and supported by IESE  this group brings together 16 companies which have been working on some of the building blocks for Digital Age transformation such as re-imagining Learning Architecture, harnessing the power of Social Learning, transforming the User Experience and more. 

During this seminar, we will not only discuss the six characteristics of digital age learning, but also put them in the perspective of the companies own experiences. In addition, two outstanding speakers will give their insights: Julian Stodd will start with a context setting talk on the social age and its implication for learning. Then, the founders of the company ‘Filtered’ will demonstrate how their intelligent algorithmic approach to building learning means that the content actually adapts to the needs of the learner.

This seminar is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. Thanks to the generosity of our host Pirelli, EFMD is able to offer this seminar free of charge to its companies members. 

For registration, click here.

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ARSPThe ARSP is an open-access publication written for and by cross-sector social partnership (CSSP) academics and practitioners focusing on nonprofit, business, and public sectors, who view collaboration as key to solving social problems such as climate change, economic inequality, poverty, or biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.

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EDC Paris, UWE Bristol and RMIT Accredited by EPAS

EFMD Homepage header EPAS accreditation UWE RMIT EDC
We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded EPAS accreditation to three new programmes from business schools from Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

The following programmes have been recognised by the EPAS quality label:

Master of Business Administration (Executive) – Melbourne campus and online
at Graduate School of Business and Law, College of Business, RMIT University, Australia
"The Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, is delighted to achieve EPAS accreditation for our MBA (Executive) programme. EPAS accreditation challenged the school to examine in detail the design and delivery of our programme, programme outcomes and quality assurance processes. Undertaking EPAS enabled us to reflect deeply on the underlying philosophy of our programme, to ensure we have an Executive MBA that encompasses traditional disciplines, whilst exposing students to innovative and disruptive business practices,"
said Mark Farrell, Head of Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University. "With a curriculum underpinned with Design Thinking, we are producing graduates capable of developing a range of solutions to tackle complex problems. We recognise that EPAS is the beginning of the journey and that we need to constantly improve if we are to remain competitive. If you are a business school that has not yet taken the step towards EQUIS accreditation and are unsure if you are ready, I would strongly recommend that you consider EPAS in the first instance. The result will be a much improved programme, and a deeper understanding of the benefits of rigorous external accreditation."

Master in Management (Grande Ecole Programme)
at EDC Paris Business School, France
“EDC Paris Business School initiated the EPAS accreditation process 4 years ago since we are convinced that an international environment is compulsory to progress. Today, we are honored to receive EPAS accreditation and delighted to take part in the community of EFMD accredited institutions,"
commented Jean-Marcel Jammet, Managing Director & Dean, EDC Paris Business School. "The accreditation process has been a great opportunity to rethink our internal processes and offer better services to our students. We are fully aware that efforts and progress still have to be pursued but we can count onto the EFMD to help us to fulfill our missions. We are grateful for their help and support during the entire process of accreditation and would like to thank the peer review team and the accreditation board for their valuable comments and support”.

BA (Hons) International Business
at Bristol Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England, UK
"I am absolutely thrilled to have secured EPAS accreditation for our BA International Business Course. The accreditation is an important commendation of the quality of the programme and it reflects our commitment to internationalisation, corporate engagement and continuous improvement. It also endorses the strong vision that we have within our Business School," said Donna Whitehead, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at Faculty of Business and Law, UWE.

We are also very happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has also reaccredited the Master in Insurance and Risk Management programme at MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy.
“We are proud of maintaining the prestigious EPAS accreditation, rewarding the increasing level of internationalisation of MIRM editions and strengthening MIB Trieste School of Management partnerships with the European insurance market leaders,” commented Vladimir Nanut, Dean of MIB Trieste School of Management.

David Asch, Associate Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome three new institutions to the community of EPAS accredited programmes. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management. We would like to also warmly congratulate MIB Trieste for their reaccreditation. All four schools made tremendous progress in terms of the development of their programmes and should be commended for their strive for excellence.”

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 10 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world.

As of October 2016, 104 accredited programmes from 76 institutions across 35 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Sixth International Business School Shanghai Conference in October 2016

300x600With the support from EFMD Global Network, the Sixth International Business School Shanghai Conference (IBSSC) hosted by Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, will be held on 16-18 October 2016.

With the theme of “Technology and Management”, this conference will foster in-depth discussion on the interaction between the development of technology and management education.

Indeed, recent years have witnessed revolutions in communication, management strategies of enterprises, digital technology and new media. Scientific and technological developments inevitably lead to innovations in both theory and practice in management, which in turn drives further scientific and technological developments. A phenomenon that will surely continue. 

As we celebrate the 120th anniversary of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, more than 250 deans from leading business schools and key business education stakeholders will gather at the Antai College of Economics and Management. Participants will exchange views and further explore the development of business schools, while promoting cooperation between business education in China and other countries. To date, the following professors have confirmed to deliver speeches at this year IBSSC:

  • Prof. Edward Snyder, Dean of Yale School of Management, Yale University, USA
  • Prof. Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris, France
  • Prof. Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Prof. G. "Anand" Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School, UK
  • Prof. James G. Ellis, Dean of Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, USA
  • Prof. Gregory Whitwell, Dean of The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  • Prof. Hirokazu Kono, Keio Business School, Keio University, Japan
  • Prof. Zvi Wiener, Dean, School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University, Israel
  • Prof. Robert Helsley, Dean of Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof. Srilata Zaheer, Dean of Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Prof. Gregory Whitwell, Dean of The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • Prof. María de Lourdes Dieck Assad, Dean of EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Prof. Ira Solomon, Dean of Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, USA
  • Prof. Scott DeRue, Dean of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA
  • Prof. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov, President, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
    Speaker: Prof. DING Yuan, Vice President and Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), P. R. China
  • Prof. Branislav Boricic, Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Prof. XIE Danyang, Dean of Economics and Management School, Wuhan University, P. R. China
  • Prof. Sergey Myasoedov, Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia
  • Prof. Bill Glick, Dean of Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, USA, and Chair of AACSB Board of Directors
  • Mr. Sangeet Chowfla, President & CEO, GMAC
Who should attend?

  • Presidents and Vice Presidents, Deans/Directors/Rectors and Associate Deans/Directors/Rectors from leading business schools, colleges and universities worldwide
  • Directors of international accreditation
  • Top executives from international organisations in the business education industry
For those registered to the conference, EFMD Global Network will host a free session on Market Trends, Quality & Accreditations, from the afternoon of 18th until the morning of 19th, to provide the conference participants with an opportunity to learn more about the EFMD Global Network services for our member organisations. To mention but a few key services, we will talk about EOCCS (Online Course Certification System) – an international online course certification system designed to evaluate the quality of online business and/or management-related courses that either stand-alone or constitute part of a certificate or programme, and the Job Fair for PhD and DBA in Management, where best international schools from around the world will have the opportunity to recruit new talents for their academic teams.

For more information please visit the event's website.

Registration is available here.

EFMD Awards EPAS Accreditation to Four New Programmes

EPAS 2016 JuneWe are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded the EPAS accreditation to three Institutions from Canada, Estonia and United Kingdom. We are delighted to welcome two new countries, Canada and Estonia, to the EPAS pool!
Four new programmes from three institutions have been recently recognised by EPAS quality label:

Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, Canada
- Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration (Bcom-SPAD)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA on-campus only)

Dr. Stephen Havlovic, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, declared: “The international EPAS accreditation of our undergraduate business programs is a significant milestone for the Faculty of Management in light of our commitment to excellence in developing socially responsible leaders for the global business world. It’s a visible assurance of quality for current and future students, alumni and employers. As a bilingual university working in a very competitive higher education environment, it was important for us to be globally recognized for the excellence of our programs.”

Estonian Business School, Estonia
International BBA Programme 

Prof. Arno Almann, Rector of the Estonian Business School, said: “This is enormous recognition for EBS. It shows that the quality of our studies is up there with the very best business schools around the world. Such accreditation represents validation of what we’ve done to date in developing our study programmes and in ensuring the quality of our teaching and the competitiveness of the education we provide. It also boosts the reputation of both EBS specifically and Estonian higher education generally, and opens up new opportunities for our students and lecturers for working with recognised European universities.”

Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK
MBA Programme

“As one of the original recipients of EPAS accreditation, the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes University is delighted to continue that tradition by receiving both a five-year re-accreditation for our undergraduate Bachelors in Business programme set as well as a 'first time' five year accreditation for our innovative, online Global MBA. We have always valued highly the rigour of the EPAS accreditation process in cross-checking our own quality assurance and delivery systems and helping us to achieve our aspiration of providing an outstanding student experience at all levels of study. But in addition to that rigour, we also greatly welcomed the collegiality of the accreditation panel in working with us and their constructively critical approach, all of which of course is only made possible by the hugely supportive EFMD administrative team,” said Mr. Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University.

Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome three new Institutions into the community of EPAS accredited programmes, adding two new countries, Canada and Estonia, to the pool of EPAS accredited programmes. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management. We would like to warmly congratulate all three schools for the tremendous work they put into the development of their programmes and for the completion of the accreditation process.”

EPAS was launched in 2005 and has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. With the accreditation of those 4 new programmes, EPAS  adds 2 new countries, Canada and Estonia, to its portfolio. As of June 2016, 102 programmes from 74 Institutions across 35 countries have been labelled EPAS. 

The list of re-accredited programmes is available here.

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Eight Programmes Successfully Reaccredited by EPAS

EPAS logo13 LRWe are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently reaccredited eight programmes from seven institutions:

The following programmes have been reaccredited by EPAS:

ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
Master in Business Management

Faculty of Business Studies, University of Vaasa, Finland
Master’s Degree Programme in Finance

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
BSc in Business Information Systems

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, Netherlands
 - BSc International Business Administration
 - MSc Business Administration Programme Set

Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Executive MBA

Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK 
BA Business and Management Programme Set

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK
Undergraduate Framework for Business and Management
Please read below what the Deans of the reaccredited schools say about the achievement.

“EPAS re-accreditation comes as the recognition of an intensive work on high-level education, intellectual quality and the transmission of our values, in a world shaken by terror and hateful acts of violence. Despite the extraordinary context of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the visit was maintained and went on smoothly, and we wish to thank the Peer Review Team for their calm determination in fulfilling their role.” Prof. Brigitte Chanoine, Rector, ICHEC Brussels Management School

“Standing out in the academic education market is important. Getting recognition for excellence from an external party gives the degree programme a valuable advantage in the competition for Finnish and international students. The received recognition bears significance also because the quality of education programmes will get even more emphasis once international master's programmes become subject to a tuition fee for students coming outside the EU.” Prof. Jukka Vesalainen, Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Vaasa

“We have received the news with great enthousiasm and we are very gratefull for all the energy,  time and expertise that has been mobilised by the EPAS Team to review our program. Would you please be so kind as to extend my thanks and appreciation to the members of the committee. Apart from the accreditation as such, the exercise has once again proven to be an important learning and quality improvement experience at an important moment in the development of the program. We will carry the label of approvement with pride and see to it that the recommendations of the review committee will seriously be implemented.” Prof. Theo Toonen, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente

"We are glad to have our EMBA programme reaccredited by EPAS. Our EMBA is one of the most popular programmes in the region. It's designed and promoted for working professionals. This recent reaccreditation decision as well as the accreditation by AACSB and AMBA reconfirm the high quality and robust continuous improvement process of the programmes being offered by our school. King Abdulaziz University is the top Arab university in the region and always wants to maintain its leadership position."  Dr. Ayman Fadil, Dean of King Abdulaziz University

“With 19 programmes, Newcastle Business School has the largest suite of EPAS accredited courses in the UK. This re-accreditation confirms the quality of our learning experience, the industry-relevance of our curriculum and the increased international opportunities for our students and academic colleagues. We are delighted and honoured to be part of the EFMD community.” Prof. Kevin Kerrigan, Executive Dean of Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the seven Institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS reaccreditation process. Their achievement illustrates these Institutions’ commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of their programmes. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that the accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. As of June 2016, 102 programmes from 74 Institutions across 35 countries have been labelled EPAS. 

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas