Transformational Gift from Batten Foundation Establishes New $30 Million Scholarship Program at UVA Darden

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced the new Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship program. A $15 million gift from the Batten Foundation unlocked a matching gift from UVA’s Bicentennial Scholars Fund, and the resulting $30 million endowment will ultimately provide every student in Darden’s full-time MBA program a scholarship to attend a Darden Worldwide course at no incremental cost. “We are incredibly grateful to the Batten Foundation for enabling this game-changing opportunity, which positions Darden to provide each MBA student funding for a global course through a scholarship,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “This gift will have a major impact on Darden. It … Read More

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Hosts First African MBA World Summit

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The UCT Graduate School of Business is hosting this year’s MBA World Summit, an event that harnesses the collective thinking power of the top 100 MBA students from high-ranking international business schools and is being held for the first time on African soil. One hundred MBA students from the world’s best business schools are in Cape Town this week to attend the 5th MBA World Summit – an event that seeks to empower exceptional students to act as global change agents and contribute their collective experience toward changing the world for the better. With a focus on creating impact, the Summit … Read More

Wits Business School Launches First Executive Education Program in Digital Business in South Africa

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GBSN member school Wits Business School recently launched its new executive education program in Digital Business, which will be the first program of its kind in South Africa. Together with the digital solutions company BCX, a subsidiary of the Telkom Group, the programs have been designed to train 205 junior, middle and senior managers at BCX. The different programs Future Leaders in Digital Business, Digital Business Management and Digital Business Executive Programme will start in March and last around 24 days in duration, completed in study blocks. The participants will graduate at end of February 2019. “The programmes have been … Read More

Reflections – Digitalization is Here

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As I reflect on the last six months at GBSN, one of the high points of my position is when I can participate in conferences that are addressing topical issues in our field. I recently had the opportunity to attend the EFMD Deans and Directors General Conference hosted by the TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich on 25 – 26 January. I was looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting GBSN members in person that I have been corresponding with and connecting with new colleagues from across the world.  It was a great event, with more than 390 … Read More

University of Maryland Smith School of Business Hosts 4th Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition

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Last week I had the great pleasure of being invited to be one of the judges for the Fourth Annual Emerging Markets Case Competition organized by GBSN member school the R.H.Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. The event is funded by CIBER (the Center for International Business Education and Research, a U.S. government program).  Students came from top U.S. business schools for an intensive performance. Handed a real-life case study of intractable complexity at 5 pm on Friday, the ten teams had to present to the jury Saturday morning. Need I say that they didn’t sleep much that night? The case revolved around … Read More

Experiential Learning: What is it? Why is it Relevant?

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Companies around the world seek graduates who not only have technical knowledge, but also the ability to apply that knowledge in diverse and dynamic environments. Experiential learning opportunities are an effective way to give students the leadership and team skills they need to successfully operate across borders and cultures, and provide host organizations with valuable insights to grow or improve performance. GBSN hosted a Cross-Border Coffee Break on Experiential Learning What is it? Why is it Relevant? on Friday, February 23, 2018. Participants learned about what experiential learning is and what makes it valuable for institutions, students and companies.  The virtual conversation, led by Kerry Laufer, Director … Read More

National University of Management Phnom Penh Launches Social Innovation Lab

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The National University of Management in Phnom Penh just launched its new Social Innovation Lab which is part of the EU funded South-East Asian Social Innovation Network (SEASIN) with additional support being provided by the telecom SMART Axiata.  The SEASIN network includes partner universities from Europe (Scotland, Spain and Portugal) plus South-East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia). The Social Innovation Lab will serve as both an events space for presentations and interactive workshops and also as an incubator to help develop and launch new social ventures. While the primary target is university students, the NUM Social Innovation Lab is … Read More

Umeå University and USBE earns AACSB International Accreditation

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[2018-02-20] Tampa, Fla., USA (February 20, 2018)—AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announces that Umeå University has earned accreditation for its Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE). Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide. “AACSB Accreditation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “We congratulate Umeå University and dean … Read More

Five GBSN Member School Ranked Among the Top 10 Global MBA Programs by the Financial Times

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The Financial Times recently published its Global MBA Ranking for 2018, showing the 100 best business schools around the world. To be eligible to participate in the ranking, a school must fulfill the following criteria: being accredited by either AACSB or EQUIS, the program must have been running for at least four years and the first class must have graduated at least three years before the publication date. Of said alumni, at least 20% must have completed the survey, which serves as the most important criterion, (59%) for the final ranking. Other criteria include school data such as internationality of … Read More

INSEAD and Johnson & Johnson Run Education Programs for Innovative Healthcare Delivery

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GBSN member school INSEAD and GBSN partner Johnson & Johnson and its registered charity Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (the Trust) share a long-lasting passion for developing effective health care approaches including educating those who manage them. The Trust runs over 70 active programs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With INSEAD, a Flagship partner for the Trust within its 2020 strategy, they have developed three different programs to address the challenges of innovation and creative thinking to transform health care solutions. Innovating Health for Tomorrow is designed to assist senior managers in the field of healthcare services … Read More