NBEAC’s 4th Deans and Directors Conference took place on 7-8 February 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The conference, organised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council, gathered more than 800 participants, among which more than 100 Deans of Pakistani Business Schools, Faculty members and Industry representatives.
The topic of the conference was “Business Education and its Context: Points of Convergence and Divergence”.
Christophe Terrasse, Director, International Projects at EFMD, took part in the panel discussion on local vs. global practices for Quality Assurance and Accreditation. During his intervention, he underlined the importance of international accreditation that signals the outstanding quality of the institution but also facilitates its insertion among a selected group of prestigious institutions. Even more important is the input it gives to the school to put in place rigorous quality assurance mechanisms and improvement strategies.
However, institutions should not underestimate the amount of time and resources needed. In particular, they are advised to plan carefully their accreditation strategy and secure first national and regional accreditation before going for an international accreditation. They can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, such as EDAF – Deans Across Frontiers, to prepare a gap analysis and to progress towards defined development objectives with the support of an experienced dean from the EFMD team.
EFMD has a long standing cooperation with NBEAC and regularly provides resources for training, joint activities and participation to the NBEAC conference. EMFD was particularly proud to host the 2-day International Training Workshop on Quality and International Accreditation in June 2016, to which five Pakistani business schools attended.
EFMD also led a regional EU-funded project that initiated a regional accreditation system for business education in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).
EFMD counts five member institutions in Pakistan: Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) – Suleman Dawood School of Business, UMT - University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (Sukkur IBA) – Faculty of Business Administration and the NBEAC – National Business Education Accreditation Council.