Three New Programmes 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 Italy and Sweden.

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

- Master in Human Resources and Organisation
Bologna Business School, University of Bologna, Italy

"Congratulations to Bologna Business School for their EPAS accreditation. Their Master in Human Resources and Organisation is a strong programme that benefits, among other things, from a great corporate support. As the first HRO programme taught in English in Italy, it attracts an excellent international mix of students. We are very happy to welcome Bologna Business School in the pool of EPAS accredited programmes,” said David Asch, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director.

- Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Management
- Master’s Programme in International Marketing
School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden

Thomas Wahl, Dean of the School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, said: “We are glad to receive the EPAS accreditation for both of our programmes: Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Management and Master’s Programme in International Marketing. We learned a lot through the EPAS accreditation process which examined in detail the design and delivery of our programmes, programme outcomes and quality assurance. This is a moment of joy for all of our stakeholders to receive the prestigious acknowledgement through the EPAS accreditation which proves that our two programmes hold high quality standards. We feel proud and are highly inspired to continue the hard work to maintain the highest quality of our programmes. We are delighted to be part of the 105 EPAS accredited programmes.”

David Asch, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden to the community of EPAS accredited programmes. Those two programmes are well-established and show a solid grounding in fundamental disciplines, supported by a competent and engaged faculty team. We would like to warmly congratulate both programmes and the school for their accreditation.”

The list of EPAS re-accredited programmes is available here.

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. 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.

As of June, 105 accredited programmes from 77 institutions across 36 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit

New Sustainability Literacy Test Module: "Rebalancing Society"

PRME PR1New York, NY, July 20, 2017 – On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

The Sulitest was designed to measure and improve sustainability literacy worldwide, and the new Rebalancing Society module challenges test-takers’ knowledge and perception about how the plural sector could help restore balance to society towards achieving the future we want.

“Healthy society balances the power of respected governments in the public sector with responsible businesses in the private sector and robust communities in what I call the plural sector. This is the essence of sustainability and I applaud the Sustainability Literacy Test for what it is trying to achieve.” – Henry Mintzberg

See the video testimony of Henry Mintzberg here

The Rebalancing Society module will be made available to all institutions participating in the Sulitest, and free of charge for all signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network under the United Nations.

“PRME has supported and endorsed the Sulitest since its launch. With the new set of questions focusing on Mintzberg's Rebalancing Society we are encouraged to note that the test will have a key focus on the important contribution that the plural sector (NGOs, social movements etc) play in today's societies and in making a contribution to a more just and sustainable world.” - Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME, UN Global Compact

“The business schools of today are especially well-positioned to address some of the grand challenges facing society. The newly developed Sustainability Literacy Test module, which is inspired by the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg of the Desautels Faculty of Management, is a shining example of how the research emanating from business schools can help restore the social equilibrium and effectively transform our world for the better. We are very proud of this initiative, which coincides with the strides that McGill University is making toward advancing key topics in sustainability.” - Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

"It is an honor to collaborate with McGill University, building on the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg that enriches Sulitest. In just a few years, Sulitest has become the international benchmark in the control of SD knowledge in higher education. Thanks to PRME, the Sulitest will see an additional boost, beneficial for the advancement of sustainable development knowledge." - Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean of KEDGE Business School.


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About Sulitest:
The Sustainability Literacy Test », Sulitest, was created following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO + 20 with to the support of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). Initiated by KEDGE, Sulitest is already used by more than 600 universities and Business Schools in the world and has been taken by more than 60.000 people.Recognized as one of the 17 featured initiatives on United Nations partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sulitest is now one of the tools for measuring and monitoring the SDGs.

How to Successfully Make A Late Career Change

question imageGuest post by Helen Sabell. Helen Sabell works for the College for Adult Learning, she is passionate about adult learning. She has developed and authored many workplace leadership programs, both in Australia and overseas

In need of a career change but too scared to take the plunge? In simple steps, you can successfully make that late career switch up you’ve been thinking about. Despite the risks, it’s a decision that could land you your dream job.

This will outweigh any of the negatives for most established professionals and could give you the reinvigoration you need. Read on to learn what it takes and how you can make the transition as smooth as possible.

Get Clear on the What & Why

The first place to start is to question whether you are in genuine need of a career change. Consider if it is just a bad week or a really bad job. Give yourself plenty of time to think about the change in order to get to the root of the problem. Why do you want this change? Why do you think it will make your life better? You should have an idea of what career you’d like to switch to and your current capacity to achieve this.

Upskilling is a great way to increase your human capital. Adult education courses are tailored to established professionals and will allow you to gain the right skills for the right job.

Build Your Skills

The next step is to enhance your education to get back on track for a new career pathway. Learning can be intimidating, as you will need to study new skills at an older age.

Fortunately, the rise of adult education courses can provide you with a diverse learning environment. Many mature students will choose to upskill in courses such as project management, in which you can learn project management online to launch yourself into a new position rather than a new industry.

Build your skills with support from industry experts and like-minded individuals. Online courses will also allow you to maintain your lifestyle balance as you juggle family commitments and the demands of a career change.

Networking is Key

Get to know the people who you think will lift your career or provide you new opportunities. The more professionals you talk to, the better feel you’ll have for the current industry. Once you have a good understanding of what lies ahead, you can be confident in your decision.

Remember, you have nothing to lose by talking to different people. This can only increase the chance of you stumbling across job openings that aren’t advertised or interview opportunities without the need for a formal application.

Action Plan

Keep your end goal firmly in mind, this will help you to set out your goal and create a realistic timeline to realise this. You can then begin to break down the pathway step by step, into achievable milestones that you can check off.

An action plan will keep you on the right track as you navigate this important change. A milestone could include meeting a new person, gaining a qualification or particular skill, lifestyle changes or projects to wrap up your current job.

Your Choice is the Right Choice

Society is guilty of making people believe that their dream career can only be limited to one job. This is a modern misconception without proof, that you should not feel, you need to follow.

Instead, understand that you are free to change your mind often. Committing to one career for your entire working life is not acceptable for many of us, whose interests and position will change year on year. Different offices will have different environments and opportunities so try not to base your perceptions on one single experience when determining your next dream job.

Follow Your Success

Remember to give yourself more credit and track the efforts you have made. Monitor the steps you have taken and what degree of success has been achieved to remind yourself of the journey. An organised career transition will be easier to facilitate and adjust to.

Put your best foot forward by ultimately having faith in your strengths and building on your weaknesses. A new career will give you the opportunity to accelerate your skills and take your innovative thinking to a whole new level.

Making a late career change is not a decision that should be taken lightly. However, with the right preparation, understanding and determination, none of the risks will outweigh the end goal; landing your dream career.

MBA Roundtable: Innovator Award Applications

MBA roundtable 2MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Application Deadline in 3 Weeks!

Launched in 2011, the MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Programme promotes initiatives that advance innovation in MBA education and recognises institutions that drive change in the field.

The Innovator Award Programme is designed to:
  • Raise awareness to businesses and to business educators of revitalisation and improvements in MBA curricular and co-curricular content, format, and pedagogy.
  • Educate employers, business school leaders, and faculty about innovative practices of best-in-class MBA programmes and inspire others with ideas.
  • Recognise individuals and schools for their leadership to initiate and achieve curricular reform and enhance their reputation for innovation.
  • Enrich and deepen the relevance of the MBA experience and enhances school or programme brand with prospective students and employers
The Innovator Award programme is administered bi-annually and any business school that delivers an MBA degree may submit an initiative for consideration.

Winners will be announced at the MBA Roundtable Annual Curricular Innovation Symposium on October 6, 2017 at the Fox School of Business, Temple University in Philadelphia.

The curricular initiative must be directly related to an MBA degree and demonstrate excellence in MBA programme innovation. Initiatives related to other graduate-level degree programmes (MSc, MA, MS, etc.) are not eligible.

MBA Roundtable1Ideal entries are initiatives that have been implemented, tried and tested over a period of time and can define measurable outcomes. Initiatives are evaluated by judging panels on the following criteria:

  • Concept - Overall value proposition, rationale for change, link to overall b-school mission, educational impact, scalability and generalizability in other environments, impact on MBA education
  • Execution-Complexity of implementation, representative cost and benefit analysis, improvement measures such as revenue growth or cost savings, expedited time to market, enhanced quality
  • Outcome - Quality or overall success measures, key learnings and challenges going forward, future iterations
  • Presentation-Quality of the document and materials, interview, articulation of impact, level of enthusiasm.
Submit your application by August 1, 2017. Applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should cover the judging criteria listed above. Application format is open to each institution and can include Word, PowerPoint and/or Excel type documents along with supporting materials in photos and videos. Simply respond to the judging criteria as best fits your institution and it's innovation. Questions or Comments - Please call at 844-784-6227 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies

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Join CEEMAN from 20-22 September in Hangzhou, the Chinese Silicon valley and the epicenter of China’s tech industry, for the 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference. The conference is the most important annual event of the association gathering deans and directors of universities and business schools from around the world, leaders of international and regional management development institutions, international publishers and partners, as well business, government and media representatives.

The 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference, hosted by School of Management, Zhejiang University, will focus on the topic of “Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies” and will include a number of interesting speakers from China, Thailand, Brazil, Estonia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, etc., as well as company visits to companies such as Alibaba, Dream Town, Wensli and XIZI OTIS.

For more information on the programme, speakers, registration and exhibition opportunities, please visit or contact Ms. Maja Medja Vidic, CEEMAN Head of Projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2017 GBSN Conference: “Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development”

About the Conference

“Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development,” the 2017 GBSN Conference in Washington D.C., will focus on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, NGOs and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities.

Conference participants will examine the role business schools play in economic and social development, and assess the evolution of education in the face of recent world events, discussing questions such as:

How have Business Schools integrated social and environmental issues into their curriculums?
What are the cross-sectorial initiatives within business education that drive or reinforce economic development?
How are schools responding to fears of the perceived impact of globalisation?

Sessions at the GBSN Conference will address these questions and many more, highlighting opportunities and challenges in the areas of the five sub-themes:

1. Collaboration/Interdiciplinarity
Focusing on inter-academic collaboration and integrated approaches to business education that foster stronger technical skills and broader perspectives in graduates.

2. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
Presenting successful PPP models that facilitate long-term economic development.

3. Sustainability and the UN Global Goals
Highlighting how business and management institutions are working towards creating a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

4. Impact Measures
Revisiting how we measure outcomes and successes in business and economic development.

5. Globalisation/Localisation?
Analysing the dilemma of global and local strategies and the implications for the sectors of education, business and development.

This Interactive Agenda Will Feature

A Cross-Sector Dialogue
with local business and development professionals, students and alumni to explore the opportunities and challenges at top of mind for these key stakeholders

Speakers from industry, business education and international aid sectors
with an interest in reinforcing ties within the business and development ecosystems

Innovation showcases
of business schools solving complex economic and educational challenges through partnership and innovation

Presentations of research
on management education and its impact on development for low income and emerging communities.

Lots of networking
opportunities to develop new ideas, partnerships and projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets with an interest in building international connections and developing their school’s program quality, market relevance and regional impact
  • Development Professionals Management Consultants focused on economic development and social impact.
  • Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration
  • Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools
Stay tuned to this page and follow us @gbsnonline on Twitter and on Facebook for updates on registration, agenda and conference logistics.

For more information, please go here

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking and the Triple Helix

The XV Triple Helix International Conference 2017, Daegu, South Korea, 14-16 September 2017

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The XV Triple Helix International Conference in Daegu is just around Corner.  Scheduled in Daegu, Korea, 14-16, September, it will be convened with the theme of “The 4th Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking, and Triple Helix.” We will discuss the challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to innovation systems and agents in the Triple Helix, while exploring how design thinking can be applied to exploit and expand the opportunities generated by new frontiers of technology in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The call for papers is still open and we will gather submissions up until the 30th of June. Authors can submit their abstract online.  

Delegates are also welcome to submit proposals for special sessions by filling out the form available on the conference web site. Special sessions are a very good opportunity to showcase your latest research, projects and achievements in a really international context!

The Early bird Registration will be open from 15th of June up until 14th July, do not miss the chance to register with the lowest price.

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EFMD Report Now Available – “Digital Age Learning”

logosSponsored by Capgemini in association with IESE, the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Digital Age Learning” explored how organisations can equip themselves to fully exploit the learning opportunities of the digital age. The SIG focused on documenting existing good practice and trapping emerging technologies, tools, services or learning paradigms that would help member companies move forward exponentially. It combines, therefore, an intensely practical element as well as looking at emerging research and experimentation.

The overall goal was to advance the critical area of digital age learning in concrete and practical terms, while helping install the practices that will allow innovation and development into the future. It acknowledged existing research and this report indicates areas where more research might be needed. The essential aim was to work in partnership with the members of the SIG and share their initiatives and challenges rather than ‘tell’ them what they should do. This project was a partnership in a profound area of learning development, across industries, across geographies and between research and practical applications. This report summaries the conclusions and is accompanied by a detailed research report on digital age learning written by Capgemini.

An initial interview was conducted with those companies who signed up for the EFMD SIG. What emerged was the importance of digital transformation as a live and current challenge for each member company. The implications of this rebounded directly on the learning and development function. That function had the task of transforming itself into a digital age operation as well as lead the reskilling of all staff and all companies caught up in this process. DAL was therefore centre stage and both the subject and object of the process.

What was also clear, however, was that L&D was by no means leading the charge. In fact, the opposite was true. L&D has a significant role in reskilling and changing the mind set of staff to accommodate the changing conditions that digital transformation was creating, and is struggling with the process.

This is the genus of the report you are reading. It is an acknowledgement that the L&D function is critical in terms of helping organisations adjust to very different futures by developing new skills and new mind sets, but has a long way to go in terms of fulfilling that need and realigning itself around the exigencies that the current social, technological, economic climate dictates. If we had to choose title for this report, it might be: “Some Way Forward, But a Long Way to Go!”.

DAL 1The research report reveals six key characteristics of digital age learning, and shares a vision for what an L&D future might look like. The experiments that were undertaken by the member companies demonstrate most of the characteristics but reveal the gap between what is currently being developed and the full panoply of digital age learning. They reveal both the considerable progress is being made as well as pointing the way forward for the road ahead.

The fact that there is some misalignment between the promise revealed in the research, and the reality displayed in the case studies is a sign of health and strength not weakness. There is a recognition of the direction of travel and first steps have been taken. This is a lot of solid progress that should be applauded. Each experiment reveals encouraging signs, and indicates some of the challenges moving forward. This was, after all, action research where the abstract and the theoretical was put to the test in real world situations that emerged from the members work in progress. 

The experiments were not artificial attempts to prove a point but realistic projects set inside the cultural context of the companies listed here. There is some excellent work, and innovative rethinking of how learning should be remade in the light of the current contingency. There is also a large amount of variety in the experiments, which reveals the diversity of the challenges together with an abundance of need. 

Each case study is described in a similar format, so that comparisons can be made and the outcomes and lessons learned, can be clearly described. The report concentrates on categorizing the embodied innovation, rather than going into detail about any specific learning programme. The idea is to reveal the thinking behind the experiment, and show the scaffolding that holds it together. These the most transferable elements, and the ones that will have direct influence on L&D going forward. 

The report, therefore, has a very simple structure. It sets the scene, defines the business landscape and the L&D context and how the digital age is transforming both the business, the learner and the learning organisation. It then describes the research undertaken and the report’s conclusions about the six principles of digital age learning. 

This sets the stage for describing how the case studies embody many of the DAL characteristics. These are laid out in detail in the accompanying research paper. In summary, the six characteristics of digital age learning focus on three essential areas. 

Digital Age Learning is continuous and cross-context; it is learner-led and social, as well as being data-driven and personalized. The analysis revealed six core characteristics that define DAL and differentiate it from what came before. The learning is engaging and delivers an exceptional learning experience. Learning is empowering, personalized and largely self-directed. Learning is ubiquitous, just-in-time, and in context. Learning is social, both formal and informal, and experiential wherever possible. Learning is hyper-connected with analytics everywhere. Finally, learning is continuous and promotes inquiry, exploration and doing. 

The final section focuses on the necessary mind set changes needed to fully embody, and enrich digital age learning. This shift is encapsulated in the new roles of learning architect and learning experience designer that seem to underpin the changes necessary for digital age learning. The report also includes a select bibliography, which reveals and underpins the research conclusions. These references are a good starting point if you want to explore further. 

The full guide is available for EFMD company members by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Eight Programmes Re-Accredited by EPAS

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following schools who have recently been re-accredited by EPAS:

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IAE Lyon School of Management, France

- Professional Bachelor European Business Studies
- Professional Master International Business
RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology, Latvia

- The Magellan MBA
- Executive MBA
Porto Business School, Portugal

- BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience
- MSc International Business Management
Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK

- MBA Programme (English Track)
French-Vietnamese Centre for Management Education (CFVG), Vietnam

“We were very happy and proud to be granted EPAS re-accreditation for 5 years for our M.Sc. International Management. It is a further achievement for our teams and a further recognition of the School's development towards continuous progress. EFMD Accreditation processes benefit to the School as extremely useful tools for introspection and a lever for change,” commented Jerome Rive, Dean, iaelyon School of Management. “This accreditation is also the result of the active engagement of our external stakeholders and of very fruitful cooperations with our international partners. I would like to take the opportunity of the renewal of the award to thank them and look forward to even further developments."

“Kingston Business School is proud to have achieved EPAS accreditation from EFMD for the third time for our BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience and MSc International Business Management programmes. At Kingston Business School we provide inclusive, life-changing opportunities for students who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and our graduates are self-confident and resourceful critical thinkers able to apply creative problem-solving skills,” Ronald Tuninga, Dean of Kingston Business School said. “Our innovative BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience degree incorporates a work/research placement or business start-up opportunity; a business readiness programme, management training, and a professional academic qualification – all within the three years of a standard UK degree. Our International Business Management MSc programme, meanwhile, caters for students who don’t necessarily have a business-related Bachelors degree, and it equips them with the knowledge and skills – including client-facing work – needed to excel in management or consultancy careers within global organisations.”

The Dean of CFVG, Louis Paré, commented: "I am so proud of the award. For the last 9 years, we have been the unique school with first and only EPAS accredited MBA in Vietnam. The quality of CFVG, our MBA, students, alumni, academic and corporate partnership have been recognized and well respected in the country where awareness of international accreditation is becoming higher than ever. The international accreditation EPAS for our CFVG MBA has strongly supported us to expand our network to several countries outside France; we could bring thus more international learning and career opportunities to our students and alumni. We maintain our leading position in the international master programs in Vietnam since 25 years and we continue our best efforts to develop a prestigious business school model in South East Asia."

David Asch, Director, Quality Services & EPAS added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the five 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 in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. 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.

As of June, 105 accredited programmes from 77 institutions across 36 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit

Advisory Seminar: Faculty Management in the Latin American Context – Save Your Spot!

We are proud to announce that soon we will have the second version of our advisory seminar series targeted at schools from Latin America. This time the seminar theme is faculty management. On August 21st we are looking forward to being hosted by Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas (FGV-EBAPE) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spots are limited so register as soon as you can to make sure you can take part in this opportunity to learn and discuss with your peers on Faculty Management in the Latin American Context.

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We know that faculty management (recruitment, retention, evaluation and development of academic staff) is one of the most complex challenges business school leaders face. In the Latin American context of constrained resources and a heavy reliance on part-time faculty these tasks may be even more challenging.  We have designed this seminar for business schools leaders from Latin America that are interested in better understanding the challenge of faculty management.
AmericasJoin us to: 
  • Explore the best practices of schools in the region around faculty management; 
  • Discuss in-depth with your peers what your challenges are; 
  • Take away with you knowledge and connections that can help solving your problems at your home institution. 
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Universidad Católica de Chile, and a panel of Brazilian schools will be presenting their best practices regarding faculty management and Eric Rodriguez, Dean of the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, will moderate the seminar. Click here for the seminar program. Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Coordinator, EFMD GN Americas, if you have any questions about this seminar or any activities in the Americas.

London Attack: Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD

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On behalf of the Board of EFMD, the members and staff, it was with great shock and sadness that we saw the awful attack that took place on Saturday evening in London, a few days only after the Manchester’s tragedy.

We want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families of the innocent dead of this outrageous and despicable attack. We truly hope that within our UK members, their families, friend and acquaintances none has suffered from this senseless aggression.

I truly hope that a sense of peace will soon come to London and all the United Kingdom and please know that our thoughts will continue to be with you, and the entire British nation. 

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

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 Susan Francis, Senior Learning and Training Manager at Bayer, Martina Zellmer-Bijck, Head of Agility and Change at Daimler, Stefan Bauer, Global Leadership Development at Eli Lilly and Nicolas Rolland, CLO of Engie.

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 Pirelli, IBM Europe, MIT Sloan Executive Education, Gucci and Edison (and more) are confirmed.  The event will also showcase the outstanding and impactful L&D partnerships from the 2017 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EIP) Award.

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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.

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.

The Conference will be followed by an EFMD Quality Services Seminar - devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems - on Friday afternoon 27 October 2017 and Saturday morning 28 October 2017.  The Seminar is aimed at Schools that consider EFMD accreditation or mentoring but have not yet decided if or when to start the process. Separate registration will be available for participants wishing to attend the Seminar only - see practical info below.

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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.

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.

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

  • 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 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.

For more information, please go here

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.

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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.

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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.

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:

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.

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

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

“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

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