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AACSB International Recognizes 35 Schools Driving Innovation in Business Education Worldwide

Second annual Innovations That Inspire showcases unique ways business schools are changing the status quo to address societal needs while empowering the business leaders of tomorrow.

TAMPA, Florida, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In a rapidly globalizing environment and ever-changing world, business schools are providing more value than ever. Today at its 2017 Deans Conference, AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, unveiled 35 innovations that represent critical work being done by business schools to better their communities and society at large.


The second annual Innovations That Inspire initiative recognizes institutions serving as champions of change in the business education landscape. A total of 315 submissions were received across 33 countries, mirroring society’s growing global demands and the critical need for connected and forward-thinking business schools. The initiative—and the work it showcases—underscores the important role that innovation plays in achieving the industry-wide vision for business education, which AACSB unveiled in 2016.

“The 2017 Innovations That Inspire represents cutting-edge ideas that business schools have to offer, as they work tirelessly and creatively to solve the most pressing challenges of our time,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “Through meaningful ideas and increasing opportunities for engagement, schools are driving positive impact to ensure a better and more connected world.”

As part of the 2017 initiative, AACSB member schools were asked to share how their institutions drive change across three distinct engagement areas:

  • Engagement Across Disciplines: Schools are seizing upon the opportunity to engage with and connect together their expertise across disciplines of business, art, science, engineering, medicine, and law, while capitalizing on the vast knowledge base—redefining new avenues for impact, growth, and development.
  • Engagement With Business: Other institutions are creating pivotal connections with the business community, providing groundbreaking experiential learning opportunities for students, knowledge creation partnerships for faculty, and new networks for innovation and positive growth for local and extended communities.
  • Engaging a Diverse Community: Recognizing the importance that various perspectives play, schools are accelerating engagement across diverse communities to champion inclusion efforts, identify alternative strategies, foster different perspectives, and empower awareness to improve and drive global economic prosperity.

For an overview of the featured innovations, visit www.aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.  In addition to the named 35, AACSB will continue to share exemplary practices that highlight the remarkable efforts underway to transform business education via its award-wining BizEd magazine, AACSB LINK newsletter, AACSB Blog, and global advocacy and awareness-building initiatives.

About AACSB International
As the world’s largest business education network connecting academe with business, AACSB provides business education intelligence, quality assurance, and professional development services to more than 1,500 member organizations across 97 countries and territories. Founded in 1916, AACSB accredits 780 business schools worldwide. Its global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its EMEA headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit  www.aacsb.edu .

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Leading Global Business Education Organization Opens Its Doors In Amsterdam

AACSB International opens regional headquarters to provide increased service offerings to business education community in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

AMSTERDAM, March 25, 2015 / PRNewswire — AACSB International (AACSB), the longest serving global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, today announced the opening of its newest regional headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The office will support the business school community in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and will help to foster collaborative relationships across the region — furthering AACSB’s mission to advance quality management education worldwide.

“The global business environment is evolving with rapidly changing technologies, an increased demand for accountability, community engagement and environmental stewardship, as well as an understanding of variances in cultures, populations, and socioeconomics,” said Timothy S. Mescon, AACSB’s senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “AACSB recognizes that it has never been more important for business schools to arm graduates with the knowledge and skills that mirror the needs of society. Through our new EMEA office, we can help business educators across the region exchange ideas and share best practices, as they pivot to meet these demands.”

Amsterdam represents AACSB’s gateway to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For nearly a century, AACSB has been deeply committed to enhancing the quality of business education. Today, EMEA is host to more than 3,900 institutions that award business degrees, and of these, AACSB has a growing presence. Nearly one quarter of AACSB’s 1,450 member institutions and approximately 15 percent of its 727 accredited institutions are located in EMEA. In the past two and a half years, more than 39 percent of applications for AACSB membership have come from the EMEA region.

“These numbers reinforce both the market need, and AACSB’s commitment to increasing its level of engagement with business schools in EMEA,” said Tom Robinson, incoming president and CEO of AACSB International. “Through our Amsterdam office, AACSB will be better positioned to strengthen its membership, professional development, and accreditation services across the region — providing a stronger platform for business schools to further enhance the high-quality of education they provide, and increase engagement within the communities they serve.”

Amsterdam is the second international regional office that AACSB has opened since 2009; the first was launched in Singapore to serve the growing Asia Pacific business education market. “We are excited to open our doors in Amsterdam. A well-known hub for the business education community, and a city that represents an innovative, open, and business-minded society,” said John Fernandes, current president and CEO of AACSB International. “It is also a prime location for our headquarters given its access to international transport links that enable easy travel throughout the EMEA region.”

Dr. Mescon formerly served as president of Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, USA, and assumed his role with AACSB in January 2015. As part of his charge, Dr. Mescon will facilitate the development of a mentorship program focused on providing a guidance and support for schools within emerging and transitional economies.

AACSB is already at work in the region offering a series of four seminars and one conference, focused on sharing best practices in student learning, curriculum development, continuous improvement, and accreditation leadership through the end of May 2015. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu/en/events.

About AACSB International

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 86 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, its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore, and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.