AACSB and ESADE Create Change in Management Education

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Europe has some of the most dynamic business programs in the world, but the changing global environment continually presents new challenges for management education.

Europe has some of the most dynamic business programs in the world, but the changing global environment continually presents new challenges for management education.

On October 25–27, 2012, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and ESADE Business School hosted the Europe Annual Conference at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. The conference brought together experts from around the world to uncover new strategies and techniques for business schools, explored management education trends specific to Europe, and examined the largest issues shaping business in the region.

This year, AACSB president and chief executive officer, John Fernandes presented ‘Navigating the Tsunami in Global Higher Education’—a discussion on how management educators should steer their institutions through the seismic higher education shifts with successful strategic and financial planning, the power of people, and alert risk management to sustain the institution's vitality.

AACSB and ESADE began collaborating in 2011 as schools in Europe were facing new challenges including decreasing enrollments, global competition, and the boom of for-profit schools. “The Europe Annual Conference continues to provide an exceptional opportunity for business schools to enhance their competitive edge in the marketplace and build a global network to establish alliances,” said Fernandes.

“We assign a lot of value to the conference as it highlights AACSB’s and ESADE’s commitment to the improvement of business education. Spaces to share insights and discussions on the short and long term challenges of institutions are pivotal for orienting and implementing the kind of high quality standards we promote,” said Alfons Sauquet, dean of management at ESADE and conference co-chair.

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 83 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore.

Founded in 1958, ESADE now has campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Munich and collaboration agreements with over 100 universities and business schools worldwide. Each year, more than 10,000 students participate in its courses (MBA and Executive Education, as well as undergraduate and master’s programmes in law and business administration). Its business park, ESADECREAPOLIS, is a pioneering innovation centre where the university and business worlds unite. With a clear international outlook, ESADE was ranked near the top of the main business-school rankings in 2010 (Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek). ESADE currently has a network of more than 44,000 alumni occupying positions of responsibility in enterprises around the globe. Since celebrating its 50th anniversary, ESADE has adopted “Inspiring Futures” as its institutional motto to illustrate the goal of fostering a spirit of renewal in the fields of business and law.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aacsb.edu or http://www.esade.edu

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