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.
SHANGHAI (Feb. 23) — 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, as well as the critical need for strong, connected, and forward-thinking business schools. The initiative—and the impressive work it showcases—underscores the important role that innovation plays in achieving the industry-wide vision for business education, which AACSB unveiled in 2016.
This year’s Innovations That Inspire initiative has highlighted the groundbreaking and commanding influence that AACSB’s member schools can have on the world when they focus their attention on creating impactful ideas for all of society,” said Tom R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB international. “We are honored to highlight East China University of Science & Technology’s innovation as a pioneer in the business education landscape, and use them as an example for how AACSB’s schools are facilitators for innovation and leadership.”
East China University of Science & Technology of B-School was recognized for their submission “B+T” Educational System, which detailed establishing a distinctive “B+T” system that links business (B) with technology (T) at three levels—teaching and learning, scientific research, and extracurricular activities—designed to bridge disciplines and nurture managerial talent.
“ECUST School of Business has established a distinctive “B+T” Educational System centering on the school’s mission: “To bridge business with technology, and to nurture managerial talent with advanced knowledge and practical ability.” This system links business with technology at three levels—teaching and learning, scientific research, and extracurricular activities—aiming to inspire students’ interdisciplinary innovative thinking, and to play a part in the transformation and upgrading of China’s economy through industry-university interaction,” said Prof. Dr. YAN Haifeng, Dean, School of Business.
For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, please 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, the AACSB Blog, and its 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; Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its EMEA headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu.