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HEC Paris and WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Join the Network

Posted By Brennon Thompson, Monday, March 30, 2015
Updated: Monday, March 30, 2015

GBSN is proud to announce the acceptance of two new schools into our network. We welcome the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and HEC Paris to our growing list of member schools. These schools join a network of over 70 world-class business schools that spans 32 countries in 6 continents. 

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. As members, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and HEC Paris 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 WU Vienna University of Economics and Business is GBSN's first member school in the country of Austria. The institution joins GBSN with hopes to broaden its scope of social responsibility.  Due to its size and wide range of expertise, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business will contribute to various programs supporting GBNS’s mission. In alignment with GBSN’s recent and upcoming summits, WU focuses on solving key economic, societal and ecological challenges by teaching responsible business practices. WU intends to build on its existing partnerships to increase its capacity building capability.  In addition, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business will help increase visibility for GBSN and other network affiliates in the international community. 

“Being among one of the larger universities in business and economics in Europe also means to have a special responsibility to our society. This goes far beyond the responsibilities we, as higher education institutions, naturally have towards our students, our faculty and our administrative staff.” – Dr. Christoph Badelt, Rector, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

In the recent years, WU has taken several steps towards developing and integrative and practice-oriented business education with a strong international focus.  The main idea of this approach is to prepare students who are able to tackle the challenges of business in a globalized world by keeping the three dimensions of sustainability in mind: society, environment, and economy.  As such, topics like sustainability, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship play an important role in WU Vienna University of Economics and Business' study programs. 

HEC Paris is committed to retaining its socially-conscious republican ethos, which has been at the heart of the school’s identity since its foundation in 1881.  They firmly believe that excellence and openness are not mutually exclusive. HEC Paris joins GBSN to engage in networking opportunities, knowledge sharing and international partnership development, with a specific focus on the African continent.

“We are very aware of our responsibilities towards society and so our institution has multiplied initiatives that promote ethical behavior as well as corporate responsibility.  We believe that these are essential for sustainable development.  GBSN membership would offer us networking opportunities and encourage HEC community members to collaborate as a means to generate prosperity in developing regions.” - Francois Collin, Director of International Affairs, HEC Paris        

HEC Paris is excited to be involved in cross-cultural knowledge exchange and collaboration.  In addition to the new partnerships it will gain through GBSN, HEC Paris has 127 international partners. 

GBSN is excited to welcome these two new schools to our growing network.

Brennon Thompson is the Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network

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