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Five Top International Business Schools Join to Form a Council on Business and Society

SHANGHAI, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Five top international business schools are joining forces to create the first Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management.

School of Management, Fudan University is partnering with the ESSEC (France), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (United States), University of Mannheim Business School (Germany), and Keio Business School (Tokyo), and will use a multi-cultural, multi-school approach to engage academics, policy-makers and corporate leaders in addressing key issues at the intersection of business and society.

The Council will create a multi-school process to study a series of critical issues facing business and society, organize an annual international forum for dialog, and develop and disseminate educational materials designed to foster continuing debate on the issues. Combining the expertise of faculty members from each of the partner schools with that of representatives of business, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world will lead to unique insights and initiatives.

The inaugural forum will be held in Paris in the fall of 2012 and focus on Corporate Governance and Leadership. Subsequent forums will be organized by partner schools on a rotating basis and focus on such issues as health care delivery, responsible innovation, sustainable development, and financial regulations, among other topics.  

Deans of the partner schools have worked over the past six months to set a strategic direction for the Council. They discovered that, despite their differences, the schools share a common belief in the importance of management education and the need for a global approach to the issues facing business and society. Faculty members from the schools will guide the intellectual content and output of the annual forum. The activities of the Council will be funded by contributions from the partner schools and support from various corporate and institutional partners.

Xiongwen LU, Dean of School of Management, Fudan University says the multilateral cooperation among top business schools worldwide is unprecedented. The Alliance is established to focus outstanding academic resources on the issues of common research interests, aimed at developing advanced academic ideas and cutting-edge knowledge to lead business development and thus contribute to the whole world. Research achievements will be presented on large-scale annual forums by which business schools can voice themselves in the development of the global community.

“Nowadays, the world faces more and more common problems. As an emerging country, China should play an active role in the problem solving process and try to contribute more wisdom and opinions. This also reflects the significance of the establishment of the Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management: creating unique ideas to promote business development and facilitating the integration of China and the world with opportunities and platforms. Meanwhile, School of Management, Fudan University will take this opportunity to expand the border and definition of international cooperation, which is extended from pure student cultivation in the past to a wider scope including academic research collaborations and the development of ideological influence,” says Professor Xiongwen LU.

About School of Management, Fudan University

Established in 1985 as the first school of management in China, the Fudan’s School of Management has 146 faculty members, including 47 full professors, 53 associate professors, who are well-known for their extraordinary academic achievements and hands-on management experience. School of Management at Fudan University is considered to be an international-level leading business school in China.

About ESSEC

ESSEC, founded in 1907, is one of the world’s top management schools. With 4,300 students, a network of 37,000 alumni, a Faculty comprising 138 full-time professors, recognized both for the quality and influence of their research, ESSEC continues to foster a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences and innovation.

About Keio Business School

Keio University is the oldest private educational institution in Japan. Keio has been appraised as one of the best and the brightest institutions for Japanese higher education. Keio Business School was founded to respond to the expectations raised among Japanese economic society, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012.

About University of Mannheim Business School

Mannheim Business School is considered to be the leading German business school. It is the only German institution to be accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Research and teaching at a worldwide top level, internationality, a practical orientation and consistent quality management are the success factors of the "Mannheim Concept."

About Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Founded in 1900 as the first graduate school of management, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has long been recognized among the leading business schools in the world. Tuck offers only one degree - the full-time MBA. The small scale promotes a community that values learning, collaboration, and sharing.

Press contact of Fudan:

Elsa Huang
hzhuang@fudan.edu.cn
+86 21 5566 4647

Source: School of Management, Fudan University
Keywords: Education
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