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Leaders in Business Education and Industry Gather at International Experiential Learning Summit in Cambodia

The Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the National University of Management in Phnom Penh held a summit to explore experiential learning approaches to management education in the Asia Pacific Region

PHNOM PENH Ð On August 1, 2016 nearly 60 leaders in business education and industry gathered at the Raffles Hotel le Royal to participate in a summit on “Learning by Doing: The Power of Experiential Learning in Management Education,” hosted by the National University of Management in Phnom Penh. Delegates explored approaches to applying experiential learning to management education and opportunities to increase multi-sector engagement in management education in the Asia Pacific region, particularly with the private sector. The summit was sponsored by GGear Co. Ltd. and IDP Education.

“Around the globe we in the education community hear the drumbeat from employers that they want mature graduates who have the soft skills necessary to thrive in a work environment. And from GBSN members on every continent we see the impact that consequential experiential learning opportunities have on students’ development. I’m grateful to the National University of Management for helping us bring GBSN’s second ‘Learning by Doing’ summit to Cambodia as part of our effort to expand access to experiential education at business schools around the globe,” said Page Schindler Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer at GBSN.

“Overall, the GBSN Summit on Experiential Learning was a success and we look forward to introducing more experiential and action learning projects into our business school curricula at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh,” said Dr. Hor Peng, Rector of National University of Management.

The Keynote Discussion featured H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport who was interviewed by Kerry Laufer, Director of OnSite Global Consulting at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“The conference provides a platform for business schools, business leaders and policy-makers to meet and discuss to find ways how to improve management education to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscapes of global business of the 21st century,” said H.E. Dr. Naron.

Following the summit, delegates from the US, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Singapore, South Korea and gathered for a reception with Julie Chung, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

“The U.S. Embassy is proud to support this important summit that brings together the best of American business schools with their colleagues in Cambodia and throughout Asia. Experiential learning in particular is a significant innovation that will help future business leaders bridge borders and thrive in their own communities. By fostering international dialogue and information transfer through events like this, the Global Business School Network is helping to strengthen ties between our schools, our students and our nations,” said Ms. Chung.


Summit speakers and facilitators included top U.S. and Asian business educators, prominent Cambodian entrepreneurs, and the Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, providing varied perspectives on experiential education in Cambodia and across the globe.

Featured speakers included:

Bryan Andriano, Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education, George Washington University School of Business (USA)
Chang Bunleang, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Brown Coffee (Cambodia)
Michellana Jester, Lecturer & Faculty Course Manager, Global Economics & Management Group, MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)
Marc Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Global Initiatives, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (USA)
Deepa Krishnan, Professor, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (India)
Ravi Kumar, Associate Provost, Special Projects, Nanyang Business School (Singapore)
Kerry Laufer, Director, OnSite Global Consulting, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (USA)
Zoe Ng, Managing Director, Raintree Development (Cambodia)
Stephen Paterson, Senior Advisor &Program Coordinator for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, National University of Management (Cambodia)
Hor Peng, Rector, National University of Management (Cambodia)
Okhna Sok Piseth, CEO & Co-Founder, GGer Co., Ltd. (Cambodia)
Kristiana Raube, Executive Director, International Business Development Program
Executive Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (USA)
Eric Shih, Vice Dean for Faculty & Research, SKK Graduate School of Business (South Korea)
Visit www.gbsn.org/ELsummit to view the full agenda.

About GBSN
The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening management, entrepreneurial and leadership talent for the developing world through better access to quality, locally relevant education. GBSN harnesses the power of a network of over 70 leading business schools that share a dedication to our mission to build management education capacity for the developing world. Through international events and local capacity building projects GBSN facilitates cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration. GBSN programs tap the expertise of our member schools to advise, train and mentor developing world institutions and educators. More information is available at www.gbsn.org.

About The National University of Management

The National University of Management is the leading public university in Cambodia focusing on management and business administration. Currently, there are approximately 12,000 students enrolled in bachelor, masters and doctoral programs in areas such as finance & banking, accounting, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, tourism & hospitality, information technology, foreign languages and business law.

>> Click here to download the Executive Summary

>> Click here to read How and Why “Learning by Doing” Matters – Reflections from the Summit by GBSN’s COO, Page Buchanan