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GBSN Welcomes American University Cairo School of Business & SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business Into the Network

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Monday, June 23, 2014

GBSN is proud to announce the acceptance of two new schools into our network. We welcome The American University in Cairo School of Business and the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business to our growing list of member schools. These schools join a network of over 60 world-class business schools that spans 30 countries on 6 continents. The American University in Cairo School of Business is the first school in Egypt to join the network. 

GBSN works with our member schools to build management education capacity for the developing world through cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and capacity building programs to strengthen local business education. For faculty, students, businesses, NGOs, foundations and governments, GBSN is a resource for innovation, collaboration and growth. By fostering these connections, GBSN helps schools and faculty at different stages of development learn from one another. This dynamic network catalyzes new ideas, cultivates partnerships and disseminates knowledge around the globe. Network activities include:

  • GBSN Annual Conference and Members Meeting
  • GBSN Summits
  • Webinars
  • Panel Discussions and Special Events
  • Online Community
  • Working Groups
  • Peer Mentoring

GBSN activities provide a multitude of online and live networking and learning opportunities for management educators to connect and advance their knowledge and careers and advance their knowledge and careers. As members, AUC School of Business and SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, will have the opportunity to participate in GBSN’s robust network, share knowledge and perspectives with peers around the world, and engage in capacity building programs.

The American University in Cairo School of Business' vision is to become globally recognized as the leading business school connecting the region and the world. It enjoys a strong leadership position in the Middle East and Africa and builds on the strong and long history of The American University in Cairo which started in 1919.
It is the third school in Africa to receive Triple Crown Accreditation, the only school in the MENA region as well as one of five schools in Africa on the FT Rankings for Executive Education. They join with an eagerness to connect their students, faculty and staff and incubated startups with others in other regions, share its successful experience in entrepreneurship and management of accelerators/incubators with other schools and engage the network through capacity building programs, webinars, and GBSN events.

"The American University in Cairo School of Business is committed to sharing its knowledge and experience with schools from different parts of the Globe and to actively engage with GBSN activities, events and programs in various areas especially Entrepreneurship, Responsible Business, which are the School's main pillars as well as Research and International programs for students , faculty, staff and alumni." 

- Karim Seghir, Associate Dean

The school recently established the Internationalization Office to draw the internationalization strategy, draw international plans and integrate all the school's international activities. The school promotes internationalization through: connecting­ diversifying and globalizing whereby the school connects the region and the world, fosters an intercultural learning experience through a diversified global network of international partner schools and adopts globalization in its research where the school plays a leading role in promulgating outputs of regional research internationally anin tailoring international knowledge for the benefit of the region. AUC School of Business offers student exchange programs with more than 40 School in North America, Europe and Asia and is starting partnerships with University of Cape Town, South Africa anUniversity of Nottingham, China for more diversity in new regions.


AUC School of Business focuses on research and has two research centers: 

  1. Access to Knowledge (A2K)The phrase "Access to Knowledge", or A2K, refers to two main concepts. First, the term "knowledge" is understood to broadly refer to data, information, tools, inventions, literature, scholarship, art, popular media and other expressions of human inquiry and understanding. Second, the demand for "access" is also broadly intendedpertaining not only to the right to access these products as consumers, but also the right to participate as producers in their creation, manipulation and extension. The access to knowledge discourse promotes a critical perspective on the maximalist trend of intellectual property and revives attention tthe virtues of openness in knowledge. Access to knowledge also represents a way to unlock trapped economic value, which will inevitably lead to new and expanded business opportunities, where both equity and efficiency can be improved by expanding distribution of knowledge goods and tools.
  2. El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center (KCC): Provides world­class case studies and other educational services offering studentoutstanding participant­centered learning tools. KCC's services are dedicated to developing top caliber students, connecting businesses and students in the region, and ultimately contributing to the betterment of the society through academic research and practical applications. Its mission is to serve as a resource for faculty members in the School of Business and the region and to build capacity in the development of quality case studies in areas related to business in the MENA regionIn addition, the center promotes the use of case studies as learning tool to provide students with opportunities to integrate and apply skills and techniques learned in the classroom to real­world situations, and to prepare graduates for successful careers as business leaders ithe region.

Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business' mission is to create business knowledge, and nurture keen minds to lead organizations and serve society. While striving to build a strong reputation in the mature markets of Europe and the US, the school has also kept an eye on the need to build contextual knowledge of Asia and Southeast Asia and engage with institutions in thesregionsThe school looks to support GBSN’s mission through research that develops a better understandinof management education in developing nations, including its challenges, needs, and trends. In particular, the Dean, has written extensively about management education in Europe and the US, and hopes to build that knowledge base by now examining the specific context of management education in Africa. Other faculty at the school are also likely to follow this lead and will certainly be encouraged to do so. In the course of conducting research, the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business joins with eagerness to engage with GBSN and looks to GBSN to serve as a source of advice, data, and contacts.

The university has taken a number of initiatives in the region that contribute to improving the standards of management education in Southeast Asia. For instance, its Centre for Management Practice conducts two-­day case writing and case teaching seminars in the region. Some of the universities that the centre has worked with under this initiative include: Help University, KL; University of Brunei Darussala Jose Rizal University, Manila; King Mongkok, Bangko Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore; and Thammasat University, Bangkok. The Centre's aim is to introduce these universities to cases as an interactive pedagogical tool and talso provide support should they choose to build their own cases.


By engaging with GBSN and contributing to its capacity building efforts, the school hopes to acquire deeper understanding of the business context and the management needs of developing nations, many of which are neighboring countries. One of the critical aims of its undergraduate program is to develop students who have contextual knowledge of South East Asia and expect that many of its graduates to take on regional roles in their career. It therefore behooves us to build that regional knowledge and to bring that into our classrooms.

"The Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) at the Singapore ManagemenUniversity shares GBSN’s belief that management talent is needed in developing nations to bring about prosperity and would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to GBSN’s efforts."

- Howard Thomas, Dean

GBSN is excited to add the American University in Cairo School of Business and the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business to our network. Our network is now present in 30 countries around the world.

Please email for more information on membership or to find out how to reach your fellow GBSN member schools.

Nicole Zefran is the Network Assistant at the Global Business School Network. 

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