GBSN and EFMD are pleased to announce a joint initiative to celebrate institutional programs and initiatives that serve our communities worldwide. The Going BEYOND Awards are designed to highlight and share programs and initiatives that strengthen society, demonstrate community impact and embody the spirit of inclusive and sustainable development.

Qualifying entries describe programs and initiatives that have demonstrated a positive impact on society BEYOND the traditional degree programs offered by institutions and academic research published in journals.

The top 3 entries will be developed into posters that will be presented at this year’s GBSN Beyond conference in Cairo! They will also be featured prominently in GBSN-affiliated publications and social media. All participants will have their submissions formatted and presented in the presentation feature of the Whova event app, which will be made available to all GBSN Beyond participants and to the GBSN and EFMD networks.

Testimonial from Howard Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Singapore Management University

Key Dates

Going BEYOND Awards Submissions DueFriday, Sept. 29, 2023
Going BEYOND Awards Judging PeriodTuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 – Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023
Going BEYOND Awards Top 3 Submissions AnnouncementTuesday, Oct. 17, 2023
GBSN BEYOND Conference featuring posters from Top 3 SubmissionsMonday, Oct. 30 – Wednesday, Nov. 1


  • Liyan Chen

    Senior Accreditation and Member Services Manager
  • Betty Chung

    Executive Director
    South Korea
  • Lana Elramly

    Executive Director
    Association of African Business Schools (AABS)
  • Victoria Smith

    Executive Director
    International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
  • Meredith Storey

    Senior Manager, Impactful 5 (i5) Project and Leadership Education
  • Howard Thomas

    Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management & Management Education
    Singapore Management University
    United Kingdom

Award Values

Program entries will demonstrate one or more of the following values:

Empowers and enables people

GBSN and EFMD are especially interested in programs targeting people who have been historically excluded from management education and development activities. For example, programs targeting people in developing countries, vulnerable populations such as refugees or low-income neighborhoods, rural communities without basic infrastructure, etc.

Catalyzes inclusive and sustainable development

The program has a direct positive impact on society beyond helping learners to find jobs or insights that can be shared from a published article. GBSN and EFMD are looking for programs that benefit business in a way that fosters sustainability and approaches beyond the narrow view on short-term profit making and shareholders.

Demonstrates contextual relevance

GBSN and EFMD believe that learning is most effective when it is contextually relevant. The program or initiative should have special meaning within the context most relevant for the learners. For example, the programs can show how content is localized and/or leverages peer-to-peer learning and builds-in context-specific experiential learning.

International connectivity and collaboration

Global connectivity can support local development. Describe how the program creates value through international connections, whether it be through GBSN, EFMD or other means.

2023 Winning Entry

Research center for women in senior management

IPADE Business School, Mexico

2023 Second & Third Place

Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP)

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

AI4SDG: AI for Sustainable Development Goals Collaboration Initiative

Woxsen University, India

2022 Winning Entry

MBA Lebanese Refugee Scholarships Initiative

Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University, UK

2022 Second & Third Place

SEED Network by IDEOS Program

HEC Montreal, Canada

SURE Program

Bauer College of Business University of Houston, United States