Zhejiang University Celebrates 120 Years of Excellence

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Zhejiang University celebrated its 120th anniversary on Zijingang campus on May 21st 2017. Government leaders, distinguished alumni, guests from partner universities, faculty and students attended this historic event. JIN Deshui, Secretary of CPC Committee of Zhejiang University, presided over the celebration. CHE Jun, Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial CPC Committee, WU Zhaohui, President of Zhejiang University, LIN Jianhua, President of Peking University, Robert JONES, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign delivered keynote speeches and expressed their sincere wishes. Over the past 120 years, Zhejiang University has always followed the motto of “seeking the truth and pursuing innovation”. And in … Read More

ESSEC Business School and Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce in Japan Sign a Double Degree Agreement

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GBSN member school, ESSEC Business School, signed a Double Degree agreement with Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce at the French Embassy in Tokyo on April 12th. ESSEC Business School was represented by Prof. Christian Koenig, Director of International Affairs and Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce was represented by Dean Kengo Sakakibara. This new Double Agreement will enable the Global BBA students at ESSEC Business School to better understand Japan’s business and economic environments. The agreement will also allow Keio University students to complete two semesters in the Global BBA program, a four-year internationally-oriented training course. Keio … Read More

Interning at GBSN Through the UC Berkeley DC Program

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This semester, I spent my time in Washington, DC as 1 of 20 students from the University of California, Berkeley participating in the University of California, Washington, DC program for Spring 2017. During this program, students from all UC campuses take classes together and complete a semester long internship of their finding. My time in DC was an incredible experience from start to finish and I owe much of my learning and professional growth this semester to GBSN. As a prospective business school applicant with academic research and study abroad experience in the realms of business education and international development, … Read More

The Fintech Challenge and the New Face of Banking by Austin Okere (Part 2)

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This is the concluding part of the two part series written by Austin Okere, Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, New York. Austin Okere also sits on the GBSN Advisory Board.   Money is going Digital Around the world, central banks from England to China have publicly floated the notion of issuing their own national digital currencies. Conceptually, they like the idea of harnessing the upside of the digital revolution; mobile payments in particular, while preserving the existing legal and regulatory set up. Practically, they expect significant cost savings, a reduction of operational … Read More

The Fintech Challenge and the New Face of Banking By Austin Okere (Part 1)

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This article is written by Austin Okere, Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, New York. Austin Okere also sits on the GBSN Advisory Board.   Should Banks be changing? After centuries of conservatism in receiving deposits and making loans, should banks be changing? There are two main issues stirring the yearning for change: The first being that it is a very difficult Club to join, and hence the large population of unbanked adults. Secondly, even for the members of this elite club, the relationship is acutely skewed in favour of the banks; naturally … Read More

Austin Okere’s Five Forces Model for Analyzing the Future of Banking

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This article is written by Austin Okere, Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, New York. Austin Okere also sits on the GBSN Advisory Board.   Having enjoyed centuries of monopoly, assured by the support of regulation, including through stringent requirements to new licensees, the erstwhile secured future of traditional banks is facing a heightened threat of disruption from Financial Technology companies (or FINTECHs), who are exploiting pent-up customer dissatisfaction and new technologies such as block chain, coupled with the significant boost in smartphone adoption and pervasive broadband to disrupt the sector. The foundation … Read More

Greetings from Guy: Lioness of Lewa

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My wife Irene and I recently visited Lewa Conservancy. Nestled north of Mount Kenya, Lewa Conservancy is a model of its kind. Most famously, its efforts these past twenty years brought the black rhino population back from near-extinction to over eighty individuals. On one of our daily range drives, Irene and I came across two lions, who didn’t pay any attention to our Toyota vehicle. That night the most frightful roars echoed across Lewa. Next afternoon we met a lioness slowly advancing up a path, perhaps one of the pair. Pregnant, she had been wounded fighting another lion. Joseph Kirui, … Read More

Global Business School Network, Strathmore and Stellenbosch Business School Convene Roundtable on Wildlife Conservation Leadership and Management

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NAIROBI, KENYA – On Wednesday morning stakeholders from academia, conservancies, foundations, business and government convened for an exclusive roundtable to address the management and leadership skills gaps in the wildlife conservation sector. The Global Business School Network (GBSN), Strathmore Business School and University of Stellenbosch Business School hosted the event at Hemingway’s in Nairobi with representatives from Kenya and South Africa present. The hosting partners proposed a pilot educational program to strengthen the leadership and enterprise management skills of African wildlife conservation professionals through a world-class international, practical, skills-based program. The program will be developed for mid-level managers of conservancies … Read More

The National University of Management Continues Efforts to Internationalize

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The Phnom Penh Post recently published an article highlighting GBSN member school, the National University of Management (NUM)’s progress towards internationalizing and strengthening its graduate and undergraduate programs. NUM has made great headway towards internationalizing its programs through a series of local and global partnerships that are outlined below. In partnership with Mahidol University, a leading university in Thailand, NUM plans to launch a dual master’s degree program in business and industrial engineering in November 2017. Students enrolled in the weekend-based executive program will receive both a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mahidol University and an MBA from NUM. … Read More

IPADE Business School Celebrates 50 Years of Training Business Leaders

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When I received an invitation to Mexico’s IPADE Business School’s 50-years celebration, I accepted immediately. This was something I didn’t want to miss. Alfonso Bolio, then IPADE’s Dean and Beatriz Guzman, their international relations director came to GBSN’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. They liked the “GBSN crowd,” a unique community of management school leaders from all over the world, ranging from Afghanistan to Cambodia as well as OECD countries. I also suspect that they enjoyed the spirit of openness, eagerness to learn from one another, and yes, fun. IPADE Business School joined GBSN soon thereafter, and lo and … Read More