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AACSB Announces Collective Vision for the Future of Business Education

- TAMPA, Florida, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AACSB International (AACSB), the largest global business education network, announced today an industry-wide vision for the future of business education that identifies five forward-looking opportunities for business schools to serve as key drivers of change. Unveiled at ICAM 2016 on the occasion of AACSB's Centennial Anniversary, the vision serves as a guiding framework for business schools, as they adapt to the significant shifts within the higher education landscape, and reimagine their purpose in society.

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"Business education has changed dramatically in the past decade, and schools are facing increasing pressure to drive positive economic and social impact," said Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, chair of AACSB's Committee on Issues in Management Education, chair-elect of the AACSB Board, and dean of IE Business School. "Currently many business schools across the globe are already rising to the challenge. By identifying a clearer path forward, the collective vision helps to accelerate the transformation already underway, while becoming a key resource for business schools as they innovate and contribute to society in a more meaningful way."

Captured in the newly-released report "A Collective Vision for Business Education," the vision identifies five specific roles that business schools are well-positioned to fulfill, including:

The announcement is the culmination of a multi-year process which involved the collective ideation of thousands of stakeholders across the business and management education communities, including AACSB's membership of over 1,500 business schools in 91 countries and territories. Rather than describing a single direction or prescribing an ideal model, the vision acknowledges diversity across education institutions and encourages schools to adopt varying approaches in support of each school's unique mission and value proposition.

"The introduction of the new vision at ICAM 2016 signals a renewed focus to enhance the role of business education in society, and empower business schools to move deeply, strategically, and successfully toward new possibilities," said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB.  "We look forward to schools embracing this new framework, evolving with, and learning from one another. This collective vision is not the end, it's only the beginning step for business schools—and ultimately business—to serve as a force for good."

AACSB, in collaboration with the broader business education industry, now shifts its attention to helping to accelerate progress. When acknowledged and embraced, the five opportunities will transcend the many cultural, political, economic, and financial contexts in which business schools serve. They will enable and allow the diversity of mindset needed to push the boundaries of the traditional definition of business schools—resulting in unique strategies that will set a new standard of business education.

For more information, visit www.AACSB.edu/vision.

About AACSB International As the world's largest business education network connecting academe with business, AACSB provides business education intelligence, quality assurance, and professional development services to more 1,500 member organizations across 91 countries and territories. Founded in 1916, AACSB Accreditation is the highest standard of quality in business education, with over 755 business schools accredited worldwide. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu.

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