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GBSN April eNewsletter - Higher Ed Back on the Development Agenda
Global Business School Network: Building Capacity to Change the World - 10 years and counting
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In This Issue

>> Upcoming GBSN Events
>> Business Schools for Impact Summer Internships
>> Smith School MBAs Win GAIN Case Competition
>> Program Spotlight: A Broader Definition of Business
>>Business Education Should Focus on Relevance
>> Opportunities


Upcoming Events

AABS Connect Annual Conference 2015
May 17-20, 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa

AACSB Curriculum Conference: Re(Invent+Think+Design)
May 18-20, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri

eLearning Africa Conference
May 20-22, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

AACSB Annual Accreditation Conference: Asia Pacific
May 24-26, 2015
Shanghai, China

Annual Accreditation Conference: Europe, Middle East and Africa
May 24-26, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 SID-Washington Annual Conference
May 27, 2015
Washington, DC

EFMD Higher Education Research Conference
June 3-4, 2015
Oxford, United Kingdom

EFMD Annual Conference 2015
June 7-9, 2015
Brussels, Belgium

CEEMAN International Management Teachers Academy
June 9-18, 2015
Bled, Slovenia

ANDE Metrics from the Ground Up Meeting
June 23-24, 2015
Washington D.C.

AABS Teaching the Practice of Management Workshop
September 7-11, 2015
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

ANDE Annual Conference 2015
September 30-October 1, 2015
Tarrytown, New York

23rd CEEMAN Annual Conference
September 23-26, 2015
Almaty, Kazakhstan

GBSN 2015 Annual Conference
November 4-6, 2015
Manila, Philippines


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Greetings From Guy

Guy PfeffermannThe Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank are attracting thousands to Washington, DC, this year, an unusually large number. This year is particularly important for international development because it ushers in the United Nations’ new “Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030)” as the “Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015)” come to an end.

The draft SDGs may be good news for developing world universities, including business schools. Higher education was not mentioned in any of the MDGs eight goals, but only primary education. That should not necessarily have prevented development agencies, such as the World Bank and regional development banks, from focusing on tertiary education, but in fact, universities were neglected these last 15 years. Don’t ask me what was in the minds of the MDGs’ drafters when they excluded secondary and higher education! Perhaps they believed that primary schools could grow happily without teacher training colleges?

>> Click here to read Guy's full article


Upcoming GBSN Events

2015 Annual Conference
Disruptive Education Models From The Developing World
NOVEMBER 4 - 6, 2015
Manila, Philippines

Hosted by:
The Asian Institute of Management
Manila, Philippines

UNCTAD's Business Schools for Impact Program Launches 1st Round of Summer Internships

UNCTAD's Business Schools for Impact has just launched its first round of summer internships for business graduates who want to make a difference. Some 20 internships are available in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with businesses ranging from start-ups to mid-sized, and commercial entities to social impact firms and foundations. 

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Smith School MBA Students Win Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Case Competition
By: Guy Pfeffermann

Last Friday I was privileged to take part in an uplifting show of creativity and analytic brio by five competing teams of MBA students. They came to Washington DC at the invitation of the University of Maryland Robert H Smith School of Business’ Center for International Business Education and Research.

Each of the teams – ranging from three to five students – had ten minutes to present recommendations based on a highly complex case, followed by ten minutes of questions and answers with the jury of five, of which I was a member. The case focused on the question: “Do private enterprises and market practices have a place in solving malnutrition?” The winner was one of the two “home teams” of the Smith School.

>> Click here to read more

GBSN Program Spotlight: A Broader Definition of Business
Stanford Social Innovation Review
By: Amanda Bullough & Marti J. van Liere

In a global economy, it makes good business sense to invest in sustainable development. Business students who understand this have the potential to become the world’s future business leaders. However, if one were to ask the typical business school graduate how to tackle development goals or what mechanisms work best, he or she probably wouldn’t be able to answer thoughtfully. That is a problem. We need to teach students much more about the complexities around international development.  A few organizations and business schools have embraced this idea, and their experiences are worth considering.

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Business Education Should Focus on Relevance
By: Bibek Banerjee, IMT, Ghaziabad

Management education plays an essential role in today's dynamic business environment because of the positive consequences associated with the curriculum and pedagogy practiced in B-Schools.

For schools to be competitive, it is very important to consider how much balance is required in loading the curriculum with theories from the 'western' world and those from the 'emerging' world. Over the last decade, India has witnessed an exponential growth in terms of number of institutes imparting management education to aspirants. With rapid globalization and technological changes in the business world, the importance of management education keeping pace with the shifting fault lines of relevance has never been as deep as it is in today's times.

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Recently Posted Opportunities

>> UNCTAD Business School for Impact Summer Internships
UNCTAD's Business Schools for Impact has just launched its first round of summer internships for business graduates who want to make a difference. Some 20 internships are available in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with businesses ranging from start-ups to mid-sized, and commercial entities to social impact firms and foundations. 

>> The Case Centre Case Method Competitions
Outstanding Case Writer: Hot Topic - Deadline for entries: 9 October 2015. Outstanding New Case Writer - Deadline for entries: 9 October 2015.  Outstanding Case Teacher - Nomination deadline: 31 July 2015.

>> 21st CEEMAN Case Writing Competition
Global submissions for the competition are invited with the focus on developing and emerging markets (Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Middle East). The case studies need to demonstrate a real situation in a real company with clear decision-making situation, and have a well-developed teaching note ready to be used in classroom. Deadline: May 29, 2015.


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