Global Network Expands to 27 Schools

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Global Network

The Global Network for Advanced Management has expanded to 27 schools, after business school deans voted to extend invitations to two new universities at a meeting held April 24-26 at EGADE Business School in Mexico.

Lagos Business School in Nigeria and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Canada have both agreed to join the Global Network. The expansion increases the reach of the network in Africa and on the Pacific Rim.

For Sauder, which is part of one of Canada’s top-ranked universities, joining the network enhances an existing global focus: the Vancouver-based school includes a global experience requirement for all of its MBA students, and emphasizes Canada’s relations with Asian countries and developing intercultural fluency. The school’s programs also include a focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability as a means to create new opportunities for business. Robert Helsley, the dean of Sauder, said, “The GNAM is an exciting platform on which we are able to connect with the world's best business schools, and it bears the potential to provide students and faculty with transformative learning experiences that foster global engagement, provide meaningful international immersive experiences, and deepen cross-cultural understanding.”

Andrés Ibáñez, associate dean for international affairs at Global Network member school Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, said that Sauder’s spotlight on entrepreneurship and innovation programs makes the school a strong addition to the network. “With a strong economy focused on job creation, foreign investment, and trade, Canada has a lot to offer, and UBC is the perfect place from where to start building a relationship," Ibáñez said.

Lagos Business School provides Global Network students with a connection to the largest economy in Africa. Since the school was founded in 1991, faculty and staff have built strong ties with Nigerian industries for both research and collaborative programs, including work with the Lagos state government on a project to make the state more competitive.

“We believe our knowledge of doing business in Africa, strong ties with industry that facilitate research, and a student body with a strong desire to make an impact on the society in which they find themselves, will be extremely beneficial to the network,” said Enase Okonedo, dean of Lagos Business School.

Kwame Domfeh, dean at the University of Ghana Business School, which has frequently partnered with Lagos on student trips and faculty-driven initiatives, agreed. “Through these interactions and other contacts, we have come to know Lagos Business School as an institution that has built significant strengths and expertise in research and teaching and outreach,” Domfeh said. “It provides a platform for students to study and work with renowned scholars with outstanding credentials, consultants to the corporate world, and seasoned technocrats.”