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. Qualifying entries will be organized and featured in an online showcase.

The top entries will be featured during a plenary session during the virtual conference, Nov 15-17.

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.

Nominate a Program

Nominate a program or initiative for the Going BEYOND Awards through the online portal. Entries will follow a standard format. The nomination will ask you for the following information:

Submission Deadline: October 10


Institution Information

  • Institution Name
  • Institutional Profile that includes mission vision and purpose
  • Institution Logo

Program Information

Background and format of the program with a list of any partners involved. Nominations should illustrate how the program is empowering and/or enabling students to make an impact on society, how it catalyzes inclusive and sustainable development, the program’s contextual relevancy and how it fosters international connectivity.

Program Impact

Explain what tangible impact the program has had and how the program’s success and impact is being measured. What SDGs does the program address? What are the future goals of the program?




Program Showcase + Virtual Conference

The top entries will be invited to participate in a plenary session during the virtual conference, Nov. 15-17. This open sharing process will involve not only Leaders presenting programs and initiatives, but also the broader GBSN Beyond audience of educators, leaders and learners from academia, business, civil society, and government.

Top award nominations will be combined into a collective report that will be made available to all GBSN Beyond participants and to the GBSN and EFMD networks.