Connecting Dots in Time and Space

Business Education

I much enjoyed reading a recent book by a former GBSN colleague and friend, Jim Dean, and his co-author Deborah Clarke: “The Insider’s Guide to Working with Universities. Its tag line: Practical Insights for Board Members, Business people, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Alumni, Parents, and Administrators.” This core of the book – as far as I know the first of its kind – explains to very senior non-academic people, especially corporate CEOs who become presidents, deans, trustees and such, of academic institutions how universities differ from businesses, and what makes them tick. My favorite quote: “From 1948 to 1953 former Supreme Commander … Read More

The World’s Leading Distance Learning Provider: The Open University Business School Faculty Fellows

GBSN Member Schools

The present-day business community calls for digital-savvy, problem-solving graduates. Today’s digital generation of learners and busy working professionals desire flexibility, convenience and real-world relevance. Business schools have had to adapt to meet these needs. GBSN member, The Open University is dedicated to offering a flexible higher education, accessible to students anywhere in the world. Since its beginnings over forty years ago, The OU has pioneered distance learning – and now its pioneering all over again with use of digital technology.

The Beauty of Online Education

News from GBSN

For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. Ainura Kaldarova from Narxoz Business School in Kazakhstan recently visited the OU after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here Ainura recalls her month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow.

The Open University Life and Learning Analytics

Internship/Fellowship

For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. John Olukuru from Strathmore University Business School in Kenya recently visited The Open University after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here John recalls his month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow. Indeed, this was a very different academic life – I arrived at The Open University on 7 … Read More

The Open University Business School Announces 2019 GBSN Faculty Fellows

GBSN Member Schools, News from GBSN

GBSN works with our member schools to offer opportunities for international exchange and development throughout our network of member schools. These member-led initiatives enrich faculty, students and campuses with cross-border collaborations and help spread best practice throughout the network. Each year the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University Business School in the United Kingdom makes available a series of International Fellowships to support faculty from GBSN member institutions in other countries to visit and collaborate with Open University faculty. These faculty fellows visit the institution for a period of 3 to 6 weeks to work and learn … Read More

The Concept of Open Learning – Lessons from The Open University

Internship/Fellowship

GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Asian Institute of Management. The fellows were Dr. Wilfred Manuela, Asian Institute of Management and Ian Wairua, Strathmore University. The two of them stayed at the university for 6 weeks during November and December of 2017. This is a guest blog from fellow Ian Wairua. Ian Wairua is a Lecturer at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. Ian Wairua is a master’s holder in Information Systems, and a Bachelors owner of Education in science. He is the Current Vice- Chairman and Founding Secretary-General of the Association of … Read More

University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Launches New MOOC on Innovative Finance

GBSN Member Schools, Resources and Opportunities

Have you ever despaired over the state of the world, and asked yourself “how can I make a difference?” Or perhaps there’s a pressing issue you, or your organization, would like to address? Now a new free online course: Innovative Finance: Hacking Finance to Change the World, can help you to create innovative ways to finance that goal. This ground-breaking Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which starts on 4th December 2017, is being offered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialized centre at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). It seeks to empower organizations and … Read More