Deans from 75 Asian, EU, US B-schools attend Shanghai MBA Conference


18th of October, 2010 Bookmark and Share
How should business schools address the challenges of the post-crisis world? Since some of the more profound effects of the global financial crisis are still being felt, how can an emphasis on adjustment and change help promote business school education?
That is the focus of the 3rd International Business School Shanghai Conference, hosted by the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – that is taking place at the Antai College campus in Shanghai, China from 17 - 19 October 2010.
MBAUniverse.com, India’s leading MBA portal, is the Strategic Media Partner of this global conference, and is covering this conference directly from Shanghai.
The conference theme is "Reshaping Business Schools after the Crisis". Key topics include "Reorganizing the governance, structure, and missions of business schools", "Realigning the business school program portfolio and curriculum" and "Redefining networks of collaboration and competition among business schools".
At the conference, business leaders and representatives from over 75 business schools from around the world are studying the future direction of international business education, and analyzing how business education can contribute in more better ways to world economic development.
Highlighting the need for change, speaking at the inaugural ceremony today (Monday, October 18, 2010), Dr Blair Sheppard, Dean, Fuqua Business School, Duke University, USA, said, “MBA education, as we know it, is broke! It was developed decades back, when world was a different place. Now we urgently need a new model.”
Dr Dominique Turpin, President, IMD Business School, Switzerland spoke about how his B-school is adapting to the post-crisis world. Dr Turpin said, “The world MBA and executive MBA market is getting tougher. There is more competition from all over the world, from institutes like ISB Hyderabad. Technology is creating a lot of change. We need to rethink our ways of delivering MBA education.”
Leonard Cheng, Dean, Business School, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, China and Zhou Lin, Dean, Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China also spoke at the inaugural session where they highlighted the response of Asian B-schools to the recent financial crisis.
Indian management community is also represented at the conference. Dr Debashis Chatterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, is one of the key speakers at the conference. He will be delivering a talk on how Indian B-schools are responding to change.
Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH, Greater Noida is also attending the conference. Speaking on the conference agenda, Dr Chaturvedi said, “Indian MBA community needs to engage with the other Asian and International B-schools. The world of business is totally global now, and we need to respond to it.”
MBAUniverse.com will continue to bring more highlights from the conference. Stay tuned!
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