Asia Pacific Annual Conference

19-22 October 2020

Asia Pacific Annual Conference Agenda

Sessions will be recorded and made available on The AACSB Exchange to all conference attendees. Conference sessions are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

08:15 p.m.–08:25 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

Explore the Hopin platform to learn about navigating and networking opportunities for a successful conference experience.

08:15 p.m.–01:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

08:30 p.m.–09:10 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Welcome and 2020 Standards Overview

Join us for a welcome from AACSB’s President and CEO Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, followed by Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief AP Officer, who will share insights on next steps for the 2020 Business Accreditation Standards.

Speaker(s):
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
  • Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO, AACSB International

09:10 p.m.–09:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking

Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

09:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Keynote I: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward in Global Uncertainty

Covid-19 has disrupted business schools worldwide, and most schools had to shift to emergency remote teaching and learning. The Panel will discuss how their business schools have responded to this crisis by pivoting their delivery models and putting in place innovative approaches to continue operations and engage our community. Lockdowns and social distancing have combined with sharp reductions in international mobility, as well as rapid regulatory changes. The three Deans from schools in different Asia-Pacific countries will share the challenges they see at the forefront of business education and the “new normal” of global uncertainty. We started out in a sprint and found ourselves in a marathon! The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and to share their own experiences of problems and opportunities that the pandemic has created, as well as where and how they are finding solutions.

Sponsored by Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Speaker(s):
  • Jikyeong Kang, President, Dean and MVP Professor, Marketing, Asian Institute of Management
  • Martin Lockett, Dean, Nottingham University Business School China, The University of Nottingham
  • Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics; Head, Monash Business School, Monash Business School, Monash University
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International

10:40 p.m.–11:20 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Join facilitated, small group discussions and explore best practices and lessons learned from your peers.

11:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
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Membership and Quality Assurance Information Session

Join this session to learn how you can optimally engage in the AACSB Business Education Alliance. AACSB Staff will introduce you to the member benefits and resources available and will provide an introduction to the AACSB accreditation process.

Speaker(s):
  • Liyan Chen, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
  • Hana Zainoldin, Coordinator, AACSB International
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
Monday, October 19, 2020

12:30 a.m.–01:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Social Hour with Spinphony

Bring your beverage of choice and enjoy a 45-minute concert, followed by small group breakouts for networking and casual conversation with colleagues. The dazzling female electric string quartet, Spinphony, is breaking down barriers between classical, rock, and pop music, mixing and mashing catchy melodies into their own unique arrangements. Whether you are a fan of Bach, ACDC, Journey, or Mozart, these virtuosic ladies will have you toe-tapping to some of the greatest melodies of all time.

01:45 a.m.–02:45 a.m.
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MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group Meeting

Join Dean Phillips and Dean Pirkul as they lead a moderated discussion to explore how evening MBA programs around the world are changing in this era of a global pandemic and economic dislocation. By attending, you will be able to judge how your program performed relative to peers and learn what steps program leaders took to seat their fall class and the trends they are seeing in their local markets. Find out what curricular changes peers are planning for the next recruiting cycle, if they are planning to make adjustments to their admissions criteria, and what trends they expect to see in their local markets. You will leave empowered with new ideas and actionable knowledge.


Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting

This session will discuss the University ecosystem online. Following a 10-minute opening, the group will breakout in discussions covering the topics of: teaching and learning online; assessment online; student support online; and the inclusive and diverse university online.


Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting

Business schools understand the importance of giving students global experiences, whether those encompass travel or the use of virtual technology. Our panelists will share a variety of examples of how they are providing international connections. Join us for ideas and best practices in this space and plan to make some connections of your own.

03:00 a.m.–04:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting

The need for attention to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pervades institutions of higher education, including business schools worldwide. However, issues, frameworks and approaches vary from region to region. In the meeting of the Diversity & Inclusion Network Affinity Group, a regional panel will explore how those issues manifest in the Asia Pacific Region and offer an opportunity to those in attendance to share their own experiences.


Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

Management educators committed to advancing sustainability, corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and innovation, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

09:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(A1) Doing More with LessTrack: Strategy

Increasing competition and diminished government investment in universities has put pressure on business school margins. At the same time, quality assurance has become an indispensable competitive edge for business schools over the emerging corporate for-profit business education providers. This session “doing more with less” proposes efficiency gains in the administrative aspect and (the delivery of) curriculum that balance the tensions between margins and quality.

Speaker(s):
  • Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Lay Yan Yeo, Programme Director, Postgraduate Programmes, Singapore Management University

(A2) Turbo Charging Digital LiteraciesTrack: Engagement

These are unprecedented times. The ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges to learners and educators everywhere. Traditional notions of learning and teaching are being upended by the need for social distancing, virtual education, and the emergence of a host of new technologies. However, several challenges remain in managing this transition and engaging with key stakeholders -namely administrators, faculty, and the learner community. This session builds on the panelists’ experiences in spearheading the digital transformation efforts in their institutions. It highlights the key questions that need to be addressed as well as best practices that can be adopted by others to fast track the transition from a face to face classroom learning into the online virtual space.

Speaker(s):
  • P.D. Jose, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Sandra Luxton, Dean (Learning Innovation), Swinburne University of Technology

09:00 p.m.–12:35 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

10:00 p.m.–10:10 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking

Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

10:10 p.m.–10:25 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

DataDirect Demo 1: Selecting and Finding Your School Peers

Join us for a brief and focused overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools.

Speaker(s):
  • Joshua D. Barillas, Manager, Data Analysis, AACSB International

10:25 p.m.–11:15 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Break and LIVE Interactive Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

11:15 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(B1) Experiences Sharing on Risk Mitigation during the COVID-19 PandemicTrack: Strategy

In an unprecedented move, the world chose to fight the Covid-19 pandemic by observing a global lockdown. With so much uncertainty surrounding the future and if such lockdowns may become common to fight it is expected that higher education institutions will need to identify the risks and develop mitigation strategies. Join this session for insight into some techniques used in mitigation planning.

Speaker(s):
  • Sanjay Padode, Secretary, Center for Development Education, IFIM Business School
  • Yuan Ding, Vice President and Dean, Professor of Accounting, Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

(B2) Engagement in Times of DisruptionTrack: Engagement

We will understand the changes to engagement posed by disruption. We will look at the following stakeholders: alumni, students, faculty, staff and industry. We will take a couple of stakeholders, and understand a multi-pronged approach to engagement. A lot of focus will be given to students and alumni engagement, and the ways in which technology can be leveraged to compensate for the 'warmth' of physical interaction.

Speaker(s):
  • Jawad Syed, Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

12:20 a.m.–12:35 a.m.
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Creating Luminous Spaces

This short presentation offers ideas to create a workspace that inspires you. Maureen Calamia explores her groundbreaking method using feng shui and biophilic design to achieve greater harmony in our lives. Tapping into the wisdom of the five elements, Maureen will guide us to create a more luminous office space - key for productivity in today’s environment.

09:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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(C1) Tools for Examining AoL Data and Continuous ImprovementTrack: Accreditation

This session explores methods and tools to measure, report and continuously improve AoL assessment in order for learners to achieve learning competencies. Exemplar practices and access to resources used by faculty will be shared with participants. Hear about the differences between the 2013 and 2020 Standards, as well as practices specific to schools in Asia Pacific.

Speaker(s):
  • Amanda Gudmundsson, Executive Dean, Queensland University of Technology
  • Venkata Yanamandram, Associate Professor and Director, Assurance of Learning, University of Wollongong

(C2) Quality, Diversity, and Partnership BuildingTrack: Engagement

A network of quality partners is often the cornerstone of a school’s internationalization strategy. Quality partners facilitate student and faculty exchange, research collaboration, and potential joint/double degrees. The purpose of this session is to illustrate two alternative approaches to growing partner sets: 1) an organic approach, and 2) a structured approach. Attendees will receive insights for building their partner sets in their home institution.

Speaker(s):
  • Rohit Verma, Dean of external relations, Cornell University
  • Gerard Prendergast, Associate Dean, Hong Kong Baptist University

09:00 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

10:00 p.m.–10:10 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

10:15 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

DataDirect Demo 2: Business School Diversity and DataDirect

How can you use DataDirect to track your school’s progress towards its diversity goals, or compare versus peers? Join us for a brief look at the tools available in DataDirect.

Speaker(s):
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

10:30 p.m.–11:15 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Break and LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

11:15 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(D1) Faculty QualificationsTrack: Accreditation

This session will explore changes in the 2020 standards on faculty and examples on effective development strategies.

Speaker(s):
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
  • Lin Zhou, Dean, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

(D2) Social Impact – Opportunities and Challenges

How are business schools maintaining a focus on social impact within our communities

Speaker(s):
  • Eileen Peacock, Executive Dean of the Graduate School of Management, BRAC University
  • Gengzhong Feng, Dean, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

09:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Keynote II: Collaborative Industry and University Partnerships

There is a long history of stakeholder engagement in higher education and the benefits that can ensue for both industry partners and universities. These partnerships are, however, not without their difficulties when it comes to establishing and maintaining relationships. Business schools are under pressure to strengthen stakeholder relations and demonstrate societal impact. This session discusses the case of a new collaborative program that has led to a shift in how industry and academia work together to enhance human capacity in the export trade sector in Asia. Through the case study and related research, challenges will be examined and recommendations for building fully integrated and ongoing partner relationships will be addressed.

Speaker(s):
  • Gael McDonald, Education Strategist & Former President, RMIT International University Vietnam

09:00 p.m.–01:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

10:00 p.m.–10:10 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Meditative Concert: Sound Bath

We invite you to take a pause to relax, reset, and recharge with sounds, chants, and vibrations as they are channeled through Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls and voice. A sound bath is an improvised meditative “concert” to support a state of deep relaxation and allow healing of all body systems. Immerse yourself in this gentle and powerful experience.

10:15 p.m.–10:45 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

DataDirect Demo 3: Benchmarking Your School’s Programs

How do your programs compare to those of your peers? Join us for a look at how the tools available in DataDirect can help you make choices regarding your program portfolio.

Speaker(s):
  • Joshua D. Barillas, Manager, Data Analysis, AACSB International

10:45 p.m.–11:15 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Casual Conversations

Take a break and network in an informal setting with your peers.

11:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

(E1) Impactful Research: Post-COVID-19 Challenges & OpportunitiesTrack: Accreditation

This presentation provides an overview of actions and pathways to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and map strategies for maintaining impactful research in the post-COVID19 world from the perspective of universities. Specifically, the presentation will illustrate measures taken by Guanghua School of Management, Peking University (China) and NUCB Business School (Japan) to continue the smooth operation of these institutions, which includes the delivery of classes, holding meetings, conducting relevant research addressing economic and social issues caused by COVID-19, providing student services and so forth, while at the same time implementing mitigation measures to ensure the safety of the respective School's students, faculty and staff.

Speaker(s):
  • Tim Desmond, Senior Advisor and Project Manager, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business
  • Qiao Liu, Dean, Peking University

(E2) Managing International Experiences in A Pandemic

Students seek social and cultural interactions in their collegiate career. How do universities adapt to meet these expectations and maintain cultural learning and experiences?

Speaker(s):
  • Shing-yang Hu, Dean, National Taiwan University
  • Yongjune Paul Kim, Dean, Sungkyunkwan University
Thursday, October 22, 2020

12:40 a.m.–01:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Accreditation Visit Q&A

If you have an upcoming accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the accreditation process.

Speaker(s):
  • Liyan Chen, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
  • Pasu Decharin, Faculty, Chulalongkorn University