EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference in Bali

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EFMD GN is pleased to announce the “The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference”. This event will be held in Bali in association with BINUS University International, Indonesia.

Last conference brought together over 110 management professionals from more than 25 different nationalities. Take the opportunity to discuss with peers and corporate representatives around the three key dimensions in the future of management education: “Quality, Technology and Future Leadership.”

As Asia takes the global center stage in the world of management development, its now essential for the future leaders to deepen their knowledge about the trends in this vibrant space and connect through development projects and partnerships in Asia.

The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development with a particular interest in Asia. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations engaged in the creating value through quality education and educational services.

This year we will look at three key dimensions in the future of management education: “Quality, Technology and Future Leadership.”

Technology plays a significant role but at the same time does not discredit the merits of conventional tools. During the event, we will discuss how and to what extent to use some of the new technological developments.

Quality is a no brainer, but how to enhance it under the constrains of time and limited resources.

We all recognise the need to inculcate ethical and responsible leadership values in our graduates; but there is no one easy path to implement these endeavours. Or building the institutional culture of being fair and honest!

This conference is not just about trends but about equipping professional with an applied approach to implement best practices in their very own schools and establishments.

No one doubts in the business development opportunities in Asia. But how to do it well and be able to differentiate itself in the market; to reap the benefits of vast opportunities that lie herein is an art!

EFMD Global Network has taken up the task to invite smart business schools and corporates to create a network of leading practitioners, identify strategies and trends for the future of management education and strengthen the network further.

Some of the experts invited to share their views are:
  • Peter Little, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships), Professor of Business Law and former Executive Dean of the QUT, Australia
  • Eric Cornuel, Director General, EFMD, Belgium
  • Saibal Chatoopadhyay, IIM C, India*
  • Alison Lloyd, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Karen Imam Director Binus Global, Indonesia
  • Gary George, SMU, Singapore*
  • Yuan Ding, Dean, CEIBS, China*
  • Microsoft*
  • ASEAN*
* To be confirmed. The final list of speakers will be released soon.

More coming soon!

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EQUIS Success Story: School of Management, Xiamen University

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Prof. Jianming Ye, Dean of the School of Management, Xiamen University (SMXMU), explains how the institution went from a three-year EQUIS accreditation to a five-year accreditation and how EQUIS standards helped SMXMU excel in international rankings.

Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by Tan KahKee, the “Henry Ford of Asia”. As a harbor at the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Route, Xiamen had for centuries been known for its entrepreneurs, so Mr. Tan started XMU with a school of business, majors in accounting and banking and a call to “promote awareness of world cultures.” 

The School of Management, XMU (SMXMU), now one of China’s oldest and best business schools, was designated as one of the five national key disciplines in business administration and the Ministry of Education (MOE) ranks the School’s accounting as #1 in China. SMXMU has one of the first authorized MBA and EMBA programs in China, both of which are now Top 10 in China; the EMBA is famed as one of China’s “Five Golden Flowers.”

SMXMU was awarded 3-year EQUIS accreditation in 2013. In response to the Peer Review Team’s advice and under EQUIS standards, SMXMU conducted a comprehensive assessment of external environment and internal resources to further clarify its development strategy. Moreover, it has optimized the decision-making processes for teaching, research, internationalization and alumni and corporate connection in order to ensure a sustainable ecological system.

For example, SMXMU has spared no efforts to conduct improvement measures to improve its international recognition outside of East and South East Asia.

In 2013, SMXMU became one of 20 founding members of the Alliance of Chinese and European Business Schools (ACE), which was officially inaugurated in France on 31 May 2013 with EFMD as the patron.

In 2014, SMXMU joined as the Asian partner of the global leading OneMBA program. Despite initial difficulties, the School successfully implemented the OneMBA program with EQUIS standards as its guidance. As of 2016, 322 OneMBA students from 28 countries have studied in SMXMU.

Along the years, SMXMU has promoted internationalization in student exchanges, faculty recruitment and research. It also excelled in such international rankings as:

  • 2014, Forbes ranked SMXMU’s full-time MBA 7th, part-time MBA 8th and EMBA program 8th in “China’s Best Business Schools of 2014”;
  • 2014, Financial Times (FT) ranked the School’s open and customized EDP programs 46th and 53rd globally;
  • 2014, Manager rated SMXMU 1st in “Student Satisfaction” for 10 consecutive years;
  • 2015 and 2016, FT ranked SMXMU OneMBA program 34th and 29th in the world, respectively.
In 2016, SMXMU successfully obtained five-year EQUIS re-accreditation and is proud to be one of the 167 institutions around the world—the “1% of leading business schools”—holding the EQUIS quality label.

On the occasion of EQUIS’ 20th anniversary, SMXMU would like to convey its sincere congratulations to EQUIS and EFMD for their great achievements, as well as express many thanks to EQUIS for helping the School consolidate advantages, overcome shortcomings and make progress on future initiatives.

Winners of Emerald-EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2016

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EFMD and Emerald Publishing announce with great pleasure the winners of the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctorial Research Awards (ORDA).

Award-winning entries receive a cash prize of €1,500 and international recognition. EFMD is particularly proud to celebrate the excellence in research from the EFMD member institutions represented here. Congratulations!

Winners in the following seven categories are:

Operations and Production Management, sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Haley Allison Beer, 
University of Warwick
, UK
Thesis title: “An exploration of people’s experiences of the performance measurement process in social enterprises”

Supervisor: Pietro Micheli

Haley Allison Beer commented: "I am honoured to receive the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, what exciting news to begin my career in academia with! This research offers a novel perspective on the performance measurement process which I hope inspires more inclusivity and human-centeredness in theory and practice. I’d like to express gratitude to my wonderful supervisors, as well as to Emerald, EFMD, and IJOPM for celebrating doctoral research!"

Logistics and Supply Chain Management, sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Jennifer Espinosa, Rowan University, University of of South Florida, US
Thesis title: “Understanding the Complexity of Product Returns Management: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Perspective”
Supervisor: James R. Stock

"I am delighted that my research has been recognised as outstanding and high-quality by the awarding bodies and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor Prof David Bryde without whose extraordinary guidance and support this wouldn’t have been possible. I hope that with my research on fairness in projects I can make a difference in how we work together on projects in the future and contribute to more successful projects," said Jennifer Espinosa.

Educational Leadership and Strategy, category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration 

Jared Boyce, Teachers College, Columbia University, US 
Thesis title: “Commitment and Leadership: What We Know From the Schools and Staffing Survey”
Supervisor: Alex J. Bowers

Management and Governance, sponsored by Management Decision

Thomas Lindner, WU Vienna, Austria
Thesis title: “Financing International Business: Distance, the Cost of Capital, and Financial Structure”
Supervisor: Jonas Puck

“I am honoured by the award for my dissertation. My thanks go to the dissertation committee, Jonas Puck, Igor Filatotchev, David Reeb, and Anne D’Arcy for their excellent guidance. I hope that my research contributes to bringing the fields of finance and international business closer together,” commented Thomas Lindner.

Human Resource Management, sponsored by Personnel Review

Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers, University of Strathclyde, UK 
Thesis title: “Job displacement and the implications for job quality: An investigation of the job transition process for public sector workers in Scotland, UK and Ontario, Canada in the Great Recession”
Supervisor: Patricia Findlay

Leadership and Organisational Development, sponsored Leadership & Organization Development Journal

Philip Maxton, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Thesis title: “Employee Transition throughout an Appreciative Inquiry Intervention”
Supervisor: John M Verster

Health Care Management, sponsored by Journal of Health Organisation and Management

Jaideep Pandit, University of Oxford, UK 
Thesis title: “Towards Efficiency: Developing Quantitative Measures of Operating Theatre Performance in the National Health Service”
Supervisor: Mansukh T Popat

Moreover, 11 highly commended papers from authors based at universities in Brazil, UK, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Finland, and the USA were also selected, demonstrating Emerald’s global author base.

Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald said: “Emerald would like to congratulate all of the winning and highly commended authors of the 2016 Emerald/EFMD ODRAs. Emerald is proud to celebrate excellence in international business and management research along with EFMD, recognizing the hard work and commitment our authors put into their papers, and providing them with the opportunity to publish their research in impactful, internationally recognized journals.”

Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, added: “EFMD is delighted to see that the relevant and impactful research is being recognized. Together with Emerald, we are proud to support doctoral graduates in their efforts to make a difference to society and have their contribution to knowledge appreciated by an international audience.”

“Once again, we would like to warmly congratulate to all the winners as well as the authors of the highly-commended research papers for their awards."

Over the past 12 years, the Emerald/EFMD ODRA scheme has awarded 100 winning papers with a combined prize of €150,000. More than 500 highly commended papers have also been awarded since 2005. A full list of the 2016 winning and highly commended authors and research papers can be found here: emeraldgrouppublishing.com/odra

Enhancing Agility – Workshop hosted by EDP – 29 September

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As the pace and direction of change accelerates in all industries across the world, organisations are looking for ways to improve agility and speed of response. This has put the learning and development functions under pressure, forcing an ongoing alignment of learning architectures, shorter development cycles and quicker returns on investment. 

This Sharing Best Practice workshop will focus on “Enhancing Agility – Adapting Learning & Development to a New Environment,” hosted by EDP, Lisbon, Portugal, on 28 evening - 29 September 2017.

  • How do you balance the need for a long-term thinking with agility?
  • How do you roll out learning and development initiatives in a constantly changing world?
  • Do you speed up your development cycles? What impact does this have on budgets, staffing, partnerships and knowledge?
  • How does the need for a more agile decision making process impact the focus and mission of the learning and development function?
  • Do you try to respond more quickly to business requests or do you try to anticipate them and be ahead of the curve?
These are just some of the challenges that learning organisations are currently facing.

Nadim Habib from Nova School of Business and Economics will deep dive into this subject, which will be complemented by cases from EDP and others, such as WeDo Technologies.

The workshop will consist of a mix of presentations and breakout sessions, which will include Nicolas Rolland, CLO of Engie, and Stefan Bauer, Global Leadership Development at Eli Lilly.

How will you benefit?

This one-day workshop will allow you to understand the new realities of learning organisations, the way many organisations are dealing with the increased pressure to act, learn and share with peers on how learning and development functions need to adjust to this new reality.

We expect insightful interactions during the workshop at EDP’s Tejo Power Station @Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) - a unique environment that embodies European cultural traditions with its architectural style, while also serving as a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Please click here for the programme and registration.

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This workshop is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. The event is free of charge for EFMD company members and special guests (special guest = ONE free seat to attend ONE workshop for discovery for non-members).

Executive Development – Leading the Digital Future in Executive Education

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You are warmly invited to register online for the 2017 EFMD Executive Development Conference hosted by Politecnico di Milano School of Management (MIP) in partnership with IBM on 18-20 October 2017 in Milan (Italy).

The 2017 conference theme is: Leading the Digital Future in Executive Education: Nightmares, Myths and Opportunities

Technology is continuously evolving and profoundly impacting the way we work, develop and learn.
Companies and executive development providers alike are faced with technology induced transformations, bringing with it opportunities but also challenges.

Speakers from none other than Pirelli, IBM Europe, MIT Sloan – Executive Education, Gucci and Edison (EDF Group) are already confirmed.

During two days, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the impact of emerging technologies on work and development
  • Discuss the impact of digital transformation on the future of executive education
  • Explore specific examples of technology use and impact
  • Participate in the Excellence in Practice Award sharing sessions
Share your knowledge and experience and exchange ideas with over 100 delegates from executive development companies, alternative providers and business schools.

Tempted? Register now to join us in Milan on (18)-19 -20 October 2017.

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Recruiting, Managing and Developing Doctoral Talent

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In the late 1990s the consultancy giant McKinsey coined the term the “war for talent” to describe the rising competition for talented employees at the time. While there has not exactly been a war between business schools, there is an on-going series of battles for top talent among both emerging and experienced academics. There is in fact another series of minor battles also occurring, the annual battles for the best doctoral students.

EFMD and Grenoble Ecole de Management recently organised a conference for the community of programme directors, heads of doctoral schools and other professionals working in doctoral education in order to consider the challenges business schools face in recruiting, managing and developing doctoral talent. 

Mark SMITH, Dean of Faculty, Grenoble Ecole de Management, wrote a short article inspired by the speakers, participants and organisers of the EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference in Grenoble and addresses key themes such as: 

  • Why Compete for Doctoral Talent? 
  • Attracting Doctoral Talent
  • Managing Doctoral Talent
  • Developing Doctoral Talent
  • Innovation and the Future of Doctoral Talent 
To read the full article, please go here.

Higher Education, New Technologies and Innovations Conference

HENTIOn 1-2 May 2017, the Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia, organised its second Higher Education, New Technologies and Innovations conference. 70 participants, university representatives and international organisations bodies attended the event to discuss about challenges and opportunities for the Georgian Higher Education system and its integration to European educational schemes.

At a time of frequent criticisms on the added-value of Business Schools to their environment, evaluating their impact becomes necessary to present to all stakeholders their relevance and contribution. Christophe Terrasse, Director of International Projects, presented during the conference BSIS – the Business School Impact System – developed by FNEGE and EFMD Global Network to guide Business Schools to identify the tangible and intangible benefits they bring to their local environment.

Regional universities may face similar challenges to business schools in demonstrating their impact to local authorities and stakeholders. New regulations in Higher Education systems often oblige the universities to present their relevance and impact on the local economy and society, using rigorous methodologies they are not always used to. The BSIS scheme is a useful instrument for universities whose business school is questioned to identify and measure the existing factual elements that characterise the impact.

EFMD is a long-standing partner of the Akaki Tsereteli State University. In the framework of the Tempus project TNE_QA – Promoting Quality and Recognition of Transnational Education in Armenia and Georgia, EFMD participated in the Peer Review visit of the Georgian institution supervised by Irma Grdzelidze, head of Quality Assurance Services, to provide guidance and recommendations on the internationalisation aspects of the university.

About the Business School Impact System
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.

Free Participation for Students in Global Marketing Competition 2017

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ESIC in collaboration with Santander and EFMD are running the 22nd world edition of the Global Marketing Competition. The Competition is an advanced computer simulation of a real life business environment.

Although marketing in nature, the game requires the players to take decisions in all the areas of managing a company, from production and logistics, through research, investment and finance to advertising, promotion and distribution.

The competition is open to teams from across the world and it is free for all students to take part. We would be delighted to see your organization participating in an initiative which aims at strengthening the links between the academic and business communities across all borders.

Find out how your school and students can take part at http://www.esic.edu/gmkc/en_EN

  • 22nd Edition
  • 89 Participating Countries
  • 60 000 Students from more than 880 Universities and Schools of Business from 5 Continents
  • 2 000 Companies
  • 17 000 Euros in Prizes
Register Now - Free for all students - the closing date for entries is the May 9th.

Find out more by visiting http://www.esic.edu/gmkc/en_EN or the event Facebook fanpage and follow the competition on Twitter @GMkCompetition

XV Triple Helix Conference 2017, 14-16 September – Call for Papers


The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking, and the Triple Helix

Daegu, Republic of Korea
September 14(Thu) - 16(Sat), 2017
Organised by the Triple Helix Association
Hosted by 2017 Triple helix International Conference Organizing Committee
Sponsored by Daegu Metropolitan City
Venue: Daegu EXCO

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: 1 May 2017
Decision Notification: 30 June 2017

Early registration: 15 May-30 June
Regular registration: 1 July - 30 Agust
On-site registration: After 30 August

Beginning in 1996 as a small workshop of scholars, experts, and policymakers interested in the dynamic relations of universities, government, and industries in the ecosystem of innovation, the International Triple Helix Conference has grown into a major venue of discussion, research, and policy development for the roles of tripartite innovation agents.

The 2017 conference will be held in the City of Daegu, fourth largest city in the Republic of Korea accessible in two hours from Seoul by fast train. Well-known for the key industries that led South Korea’s fast-track industrialization such as textiles and electronics, it has been re-emerged as a city of high-tech driven culture and innovation including fashion and medical tourism.

This year, the conference touches on the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) driving most up-to-date innovation at the techno-human interfaces, examining the Triple Helix institutions are adapting themselves to these new challenges.

Surrounded by technologies effacing techno-human boundaries such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR), drones, and the Internet of Things (IoT), we are witnessing an unprecedented surge of technical, industrial, and social innovations neatly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). These 4IR technologies and various changes induced by them are increasingly casting doubt on the adaptive capacity of individuals and institutions with the threats to human identity, social stability, and economic security. When machines replace not only repetitive labor but advanced intellectual work, what is left for humans? How can existing institutions of the Triple Helix tackle techno-human challenges? This year’s conference invites the Triple Helix community to rethink the roles of the government, industries, and universities in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We welcome the papers addressing but not limited to the following topics: (i) policies and programs for 4IR technology development and management in Triple Helix institutions, (ii) modes of solutions or alternative approaches to innovation in the face of blurring techno-human interfaces (such as design thinking), (iii) risk governance for 4IR technologies in Triple Helix institutions, and (v) measurement of 4IR-driven entrepreneurship of Triple Helix actors.

In addition to thematic sessions, we invite scholars, researchers, and practitioners to submit papers to regular sessions within the traditional scope of Triple Helix research.

Papers are considered for two formats – classical scientific papers and case reports/studies. Please submit an abstract of 2,000 words for the former and an abstract of 700 words for the latter by May 1st (Mon), 2017. Notifications of review results will be made in late June.

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EQUIS Success Story: Nottingham University Business School


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In 2016, Nottingham University Business School welcomed an EQUIS peer review team for the third time, having previously been accredited for two spells of three years. Alistair Bruce, the School's Dean, discusses the customised nature of the process. 

Our School is distinctive in having three international locations, the original UK operation and parallel activity at the University’s Malaysia and China campuses, established in 2000 and 2005 respectively. This presents challenges in explaining the common principles underpinning operations in each location alongside local differences in the specifics of operation, the idiosyncrasies of financial reporting, local regulatory frameworks and requirements, and the different stages of evolution at each campus, which are reflected in observable, though narrowing, performance differentials, for example in terms of research outputs.

Preparation for the visit was, for the first time, managed by our new Accreditation Standards Committee (ASC). This body, chaired by the Dean and linking all campuses via videoconference, aims to professionalise our support for accreditation. It involves regular meetings of those responsible for leading the School’s accreditation, as well as discipline, programme and functional (e.g. research) leads and is supported by a dedicated Accreditation Manager. The ASC manages the scheduling of work, strengthens buy-in to the process and embeds accreditation and continuous improvement at the heart of the School’s work.

The PRT’s visit was by some distance the most productive and enjoyable we have experienced. The tone was set by an experienced and sensitive Chair who was able to stimulate a rich and open set of conversations with a range of groups by encouraging mutual trust, frank self-reflection, celebration of achievements and honest identification of challenges. There was a genuine sense of developmental engagement, that the PRT was working with us, rather than merely testing our performance against the standards. This offered an interesting contrast to our earlier PRT visits and appeared to signal a nuanced and welcome change of approach.

The positive feeling was echoed across the range of groups, our academic and administrative staff, students, alumni, corporate partners and advisory boards, which met with the PRT. In my view, the richness of the experience was largely a function of the team’s deep knowledge and experience of the business school world and context. For example, they understood the particular need for business schools within larger institutions to retain a distinctive identity and a degree of strategic autonomy and agility in order to sustain and enhance competitive profile and position. Several very positive suggestions emerged during discussions and in the recommendations, particularly in relation to further development of an authentic international operation. The team also recognised the value of the School’s strong community culture, which underpins its structures and processes in delivering its mission.

The outcome of the visit was our first five year accreditation, an enormously important validation of the collective efforts of our core team and of all of our stakeholders.

The positive nature of the experience inspired me to make myself available as a PRT member and I’m already looking forward to my second assignment in this capacity. It’s a role which I’d highly recommend!

Alistair Bruce,
Dean of Nottingham University Business School

Call for Nominations to the EFMD Quality Services’ Committees

EFMD members only to nominate potential new candidates

The EFMD Quality Services Team is inviting EFMD member schools and corporations to nominate potential members of the Quality Services Committees. Candidates should belong to an institution that is a full member of EFMD. 

Nominations are sought for the members of the EQUIS Committee and the EQUIS Accreditation Board, of the EPAS Committee and the EPAS Accreditation Board and of the EDAF Committee. Members’ roles and responsibilities are further explained in the above links, also stating the expectations and commitment that membership to these bodies entails. Potential members will be selected from among those nominated and finally appointed by the EFMD Board during its meeting on 7 June 2017. 

There are now vacancies on all these bodies. Applicants should meet the following experience requirements: 

EQUIS Committee and EQUIS Accreditation Board 
Academic members should be or have been Deans of well reputed, preferably EQUIS accredited business schools; corporate members should be or have been senior executives of well-known international companies, e.g. directors, senior managers, heads of corporate universities or HR directors. Successful entrepreneurs are also eligible. 

EPAS Committee and EPAS Accreditation Board 
For the EPAS Committee, academic members should be Deans, Associate Deans or senior Programme Directors (e.g. experienced and generally running large programmes) preferably from EPAS accredited institutions. For the EPAS Accreditation Board, academic members should preferably be Deans from EPAS accredited institutions. For both bodies, corporate members should be or have been senior executives of well-known international companies, e.g. directors, senior managers, heads of corporate universities, HR directors. Successful entrepreneurs are also eligible. Having experience as EPAS reviewer is a plus. 

EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers Committee 
For the EDAF Committee, members should be current or former Deans or Associate Deans from business schools in developed or developing economies. Nominations either for yourself or for another person from within or outside your organisation are acceptable. The particular decision-making body to which the nomination applies should be clearly indicated.

Nominations should be sent before 12 May 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include full name of the candidate, name of the institution, his/her position, e-mail address and biographical summary.

Press Release: ESCA Ecole de Management Recognised by the Moroccan State

Logo def ESCAThe Kingdom of Morocco has recently reached an important reform in higher education by conferring the State recognition to very few private institutions in highly regulated domains (Architecture, Health & Medicine, Engineering and Management). This institution’s level qualification was launched in 2015 in order to acknowledge the academic excellence and intellectual contribution of independent schools and universities. It comes in addition to the programmes’ accreditation process initiated in 2012.

ESCA Ecole de Management is one of the 8 prestigious institutions that got this recognition in early April. A first in Morocco!

ESCA was first awarded by the State Accreditation in 2012 for all its programmes after achieving successfully the Accreditation process.

The State recognition reflects the compliance of the pedagogical model of the school with the highest national standards. It also opens new horizons in the job market to its graduates by giving them the right to work as civil servant or to joing State owned companies.

This disctinction from the Ministry of Higher Education strengthens the position of ESCA Ecole de Management in Morocco and Africa as the 1st Business School in French speaking countries in Africa and Morocco by various international rankings)1.

On one hand, it confirms the reputation that the school has been enjoying among students, employers and alumni. On the other hand, it reinforces its national and regional leadership based on the academic excellence and the relevance of its scientific production.

1Jeune Afrique N°2806 et Eduniversal 2016

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About ESCA Ecole de Management

Founded in 1992, ESCA Ecole de Management is a reference of Higher Management Education Morocco and Africa. The school has more than 3,600 alumni and trains each year more than 1,100 students, executives and managers from 27 different nationalities. ESCA Ecole de Management has an international network of 88 academic partners and is member of 6 international organisations dedicated to education and academic excellence in Africa and internationally (AABS, AACSB, EFMD, GBSN).

ESCA is also member of QTEM « Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management » that regroups 19 of the best Business Schools from 5 continents. ESCA Ecole de Management is ranked 1st Business School by various international rankings nationally and in the French Speaking countries in Africa (Jeune Afrique N°2806 et Eduniversal 2016).

In line with its mission, ESCA Ecole de Management also distinguishes itself by areas of research covering geopolitics / geo-economics, innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In the same perspective, ESCA Ecole de Management has launched INSEAM with Grenoble Ecole de Management gathering 13 business Schools from 10 countries in Africa in order to support quality management education on the continent.

With 5 leading institutions from Africa, ESCA has initiated the AAAE « African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship » with the purpose of promoting and developing academic cooperation between the African business schools.

More information on www.esca.ma

Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business Unveils Economic Impact to the Region Thanks to BSIS


Business leaders, entrepreneurs, government leaders and academics gathered in Halifax today to celebrate Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business and its significant impact on the local economy, as it unveiled the results from the Business School Impact System (BSIS) report. The Sobey School of Business is the first school in North America to take part in BSIS, a process that was developed by EFMD Global Network and FNEGE. The BSIS is designed to assess regional economic, intellectual, cultural and social impact using both quantitative and qualitative indicators.

The purpose of the study was to display its economic impact to the maritime region through its scholarship and its graduates living, working and starting businesses in the Atlantic Provinces. Some of the standout annual impacts include:

  • 329 million dollars contributed annually to the Nova Scotia economy;
  • 250 international students take their first job in this region;
  • 45% of our 800 graduates stay in the region to work;
  • Regular relevant research related directly to Atlantic Canada on topics such as innovation, leadership, ethics, sustainable fisheries, boosting our wine industry, immigrants in the labour force, women in government and more;
  • Students in Enactus launched 34 businesses, created 156 jobs and saved taxpayers one million dollars.
“We know that through collective impact we can accelerate change and create a better world for those who come after us,” said Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School of Business. “We are proud to release our benchmark impact with purpose report. We commit to continuing to measure and grow our contributions to regional prosperity. These results demonstrate that we make a significant contribution to the economy of Nova Scotia and to the social and intellectual fabric of the region. We hope to inspire others to join us in creating shared value and to tracking impact.”

To download the full Executive Summary of the Creating Impact with Purpose report, please go here

About the Business School Impact System
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.

Gender Equality: We Still Don’t Practise What We Preach

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Business schools have long played a substantial role in shaping how the wider world tackles issues such as equality, diversity, inclusion and meritocracy. It isn’t unduly immodest to suggest many organisations look to us for at least some measure of guidance. We have a duty to research these problems, report our findings and help make a positive difference.

Prof. Jo Duberley and prof. Laurie Cohen provide some qualitative context to the raft of statistical evidence that shows women’s representation in the upper echelons of higher education, while exhibiting signs of piecemeal improvement here and there, remains conspicuously poor. The two scholars found evidence of various biases in the course of a groundbreaking new study, which was conducted at a number of research-intensive universities in the UK and Europe. The most common assumptions and prejudices they uncovered included:

  • Women aren’t viewed as men’s intellectual equals
  • Women are railroaded into pastoral roles
  • Women are teachers rather than researchers
  • Women’s number-one priority is – or should be – family
  • Women have to achieve “respectable femininity”
This being so, how can business schools sincerely expect other organisations to look to them for guidance? Should they not put their own houses in order before they can hope to be taken seriously when they try to tell everyone else how to run theirs?

Prof. Duberley, a Professor of Organisation Studies at Birmingham Business School, and prof. Cohen, a Professor of Work and Organisation at Nottingham University Business School, stress that time alone will not eradicate these failings. Moreover, they warn that business schools’ reputations, credibility and broader value to stakeholders could be significantly diminished unless such shortcomings are finally and effectively addressed.

Their full blog entry is available for download here. Anyone requiring further information or wishing to discuss the findings and their implications in more detail is invited to contact the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You might be also interest in the recent report, suppoerted by EFMD & EQUAL, on the gender gap in European business school faculties and what leaders need to do to close it.

Decision-Making: The Cult of Haste and the Curse of Waste

Guest post by Martin Binks - the former dean of Nottingham University Business School and a Professor of Entrepreneurial Development at its Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“Act in haste, repent at leisure” is a much-quoted maxim, but it appears to be one in which we have little faith. Acting in haste is not just a norm in the sphere of business: it is something that is championed and even celebrated. The ability to make decisions swiftly is far more likely to be hailed as a strength than it is to be cited as a potential failing.

Naturally, there are many occasions when speed is of the essence. A world without deadlines is a world without dynamism. Yet the division between imperative urgency and needless alacrity is often crossed, in large part because we seldom contemplate the vital difference between the two.

The distinction is undoubtedly one our students would do well to learn. They are, after all, the decision-makers of the future – a future liable to be increasingly characterised by uncertainty and change – and many of the myriad choices they will confront will demand far more than knee-jerk responses rooted in the mistaken belief that rapidity is the only true gauge of their problem-solving prowess.

So how might we help them develop a mindset that acknowledges and values the advantages of adopting a philosophy that is more comprehensive, rigorous and perhaps even ingenious? It seems to me that the issue revolves largely around the age-old phenomenon of “what if”.

Hindsight may well be a wonderful thing, as we are routinely assured, yet few are the occasions when we employ it to prove ourselves spectacularly right. It is instead usually called upon to provide a painful lesson, whether in the form of a wistful survey of the road not taken or a too-late reflection on how things might have been.

These miseries can frequently be traced back to a decision-making process founded on the belief that choices are made only with reference to some kind of prepared catalogue of ready-made, fully formed options. This is a dangerous misconception. Decisions should stem from ideas, and the best ideas are not chosen: they are conceived. Attempting to select a winner from a neat list of available alternatives is no better than attempting to select a winner in a horse race – which is to say, if we are being harsh, that it is no better than gambling.

Gambles may be required from time to time, of course, but they are no basis for a methodology. Similarly, the conscious irresponsibility that underpins so many decisions – for example, those we know only too well merit more deliberation than we are prepared to offer – is not a trait we should be happy to see, let alone encourage, in our students.

Accordingly, we need to turn the “what if” scenario on its head. We need to deal with “what ifs” before rather than after the event. We need to move away from a regret-driven culture of “What if we had done this?” and nurture a prescient culture of “What if we were to do this?”. In short, we need to replace hindsight with foresight.

The first step on this journey is to examine the root causes and component parts of any problem. This should take place before potential solutions are even considered, because deconstruction must necessarily precede reconstruction. We have to fully understand the matter at hand, particularly if it is complex, if we sincerely hope to address it by means of anything other than quick-fix incrementalism.

The way is then clear to generate ideas – lots of them – and, crucially, to proceed in the comforting knowledge that the vast majority will be bad. For the reality is that most people do not miraculously propose a bona fide “great idea”, because that is not how creativity works. We might set out with only a bit of a good idea, which, combined with a bit of another good idea and an improvement to a bad idea and a reaction to a thoroughly silly idea, will slowly form the makings of a feasible idea. It is only by producing numerous ideas and assessing the worth of every last one of them that we eventually recognise the cream of the crop.

Aside from its rigour and its focus on the long term, a notable appeal of this approach is that it is both mentally stimulating and fun. It underlines, too, that creativity is not the exclusive preserve of “visionaries” and “geniuses”: anyone has the capacity to challenge the conventional, to make connections and to think beyond the realm of tired clichés and lazy tropes.

Speaking of tropes, I am aware that advocacy of any decision-making procedure that is more time-consuming and, by extension, more costly is traditionally met with hoary warnings about return on investment. And it is true enough that, even in the presence of a determination to pre-empt each and every “what if”, there is always a chance that sizeable energy and funds might be devoted to radical concepts that ultimately come to nothing.

I cannot help feeling, though, that such an attitude is sadly typical of a broader propensity to prize the lure of short-term gains over the prospect of long-term benefits. Overall, I think we would do the wider world a much better service if we inculcated in our students a firm conviction that genuine waste lies not in pursuing novel ideas that might lead to dead ends but in deterring novel ideas in the first place.

Three New Schools Join the EQUIS Business School Accreditation Family

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics Prague and the Indian School of Business which have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

This takes the number of accredited schools to 170 across 42 countries.

Please read below what the Deans of the newly accrediteds schools say about the achievement.

“ISB is proud to join the select group of schools that have received the prestigious EQUIS accreditation. It is an endorsement of our the quality of our programmes, particularly internationalisation, corporate connections, and ethics. The accreditation recognises that our processes for quality control in all aspects of the running of our school meet rigorous international standards of excellence," said Rajendra Srivastava, the Dean of ISB. "We are confident that the EQUIS accreditation will enhance our school's appeal to potential international applicants, especially in Europe,”

Marcos Lisboa, the Dean of Insper commented the school's achievement: "Achieving the EQUIS accreditation has been part of Insper’s strategic objectives for long and it is supported by a twofold consistent rationale. First, it was a way of fostering improvements at Insper, having international accreditation standards as benchmark. This is by far  the main value of accreditation, which has been already achieved. Second, the EQUIS accreditation is a powerful way of introducing the School to international partners and communicating to the domestic market, including students and organisations, not only the school’s quality standards but also its commitment to continuous improvement."

“To get ranked among the top business schools has been a long and demanding journey. Obtaining accreditation is for us however not only a great success, but also a great commitment,” added Ivan Nový, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics Prague.

Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: "We are delighted to welcome three new schools into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. The EQUIS community includes now 170 institutions from 42 countries worldwide. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against a set of international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality.”

The list of reaccredited schools is available here.

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

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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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.

EQUIS Success Story: SKEMA Business School

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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


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.

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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.

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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

by StudyPortals

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. 

EDC Paris, UWE Bristol and RMIT Accredited by EPAS

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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

“What Happens if a Business School Disappears? The Intellectual Foundation of BSIS”

The Business School Impact System (BSIS), offered in a joint venture between the French National Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE) and EFMD Global Network, identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a business school brings to its local environment through seven dimensions: 


The Business School benefits from this in-depth impact analysis on several levels. To name a few, BSIS impact analysis helps in increasing the awareness within the business school of the significance of its impact on the Region; an in-depth study of their activity’s impact gives numerous members of the school a better image of their job and value they create, of what they are doing and why they are doing it; the BSIS report constitutes a powerful tool for communication with the external stakeholders; and last but not least, the reviewers’ recommendations help the school to improve its impact.

In their paper “What Happens if a Business School Disappears? The Intellectual Foundation of BSIS”, recently published in the Journal of Management Development, two BSIS co-directors, Michel Kalika (Université Lyon III and IAE Lyon and EFMD Global Network) and Gordon Shenton (EM Lyon Business School and EFMD Global Network), together with Pierre-Louis Dubois (Université de Montpellier and FNEGE) present the methodological issues of the work that led to develop the BSIS system and present this innovative impact assessment system in more detail. Based on the exploratory interviews and the literature review, the authors were able to identify three main categories of impact: the financial impact; the impact on the regional community; and the impact on attractiveness and image.

To download the full paper, please visit the Emerald website here.

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