AACSB’s Business Education Alliance and EAIE’s Business Education Expert Community have teamed up to bring you a range of monthly collaborative information sessions to discuss current issues and trends in business education. By bringing together these two prestigious networks for collaborative discussions, we hope to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices to unite the business education industry at a time when working together is of utmost importance.
Each session will be led by a panel of thought leaders across different parts of the European region to ensure a well-balanced and engaging conversation. Participants will be encouraged to share their opinions, challenge the panelists, and raise awareness of issues which may be specific to their region.
Session 1: Current global trends and issues going forward in the business education sector
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
5.00 p.m.–6.30 p.m. (CET)
- Tim Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- Michelle Stewart, President of EAIE (European Association for International Education and Internationalisation)
at the University of Strathclyde, U.K.
As many institutions are now almost two months into the new academic year, representatives from EAIE and AACSB will have a look at some of the challenges facing the business education sector in the next six months. The discussion will pivot mainly around the topics of student, staff and faculty engagement, virtual student experiences, and maintaining educational quality and outcomes. The subsequent sessions will aim to zoom in on specific issues around these broad topics.
Session 2: Maintaining educational experiences, student satisfaction, and tuition fees: is it possible to find the right balance?
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
5.00 p.m.–6.30 p.m. (CET)
- George Feiger is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Aston Business School, U.K.
- Grzegorz Mazurek, Rector and Professor of (Digital) Marketing and Digital Transformation of Kozminski University, Poland
As many institutions are planning to pivot permanently to a blended approach to teaching and plan to increase their digital course offerings, the question being analyzed by many business schools and faculties is how networking and extra-curricular activities can be organized to provide the same student experience as in a face-to-face environment. In this session we will discuss how schools might possibly start to re-introduce some face-to-face experiences, some of the virtual alternatives, and the affect this may have on student satisfaction and fees.
Session 3: Avoiding virtual burnout: maintaining engagement, motivation and mental health in students, staff and faculty
January, 2021, TBD
Many schools are fast approaching a whole year since they started teaching their courses online. As it seems that the online and blended approach will be adapted in the long term by many institutions, how can we maintain the engagement, motivation, and the mental health of our students, staff and, faculty? In this session we will discuss what we have learnt from the past months and some of the strategies that have been put into place for the future by higher education institutions to address this important issue.
Session 4: Assessing and developing soft skills in business education at a distance
February, 2021, TBD
In recent times, companies have put a growing emphasis on the need for graduates that they employ to possess a varied set of soft skills. One of the challenges currently facing educators is how the development of skills can be maintained and how the subsequent learning outcomes can be assessed in in a virtual environment. In this session we will discuss some of the possible ways in which business schools and faculties have been approaching this challenge.
Who Should Attend
All EAIE and AACSB members are welcomed to participate.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Magennis, Manager, Membership Europe, Middle East, and Africa from AACSB International or Elsa Zenatti-Daniels, Chair of EAIE’s Business Education Expert Community.