AP and EMEA Accreditation Conference

June 1–4, 2021 | Virtual Conference

Agenda

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

04:00 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Conference Welcome

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, Stephanie Bryant, EVP and Chief Accreditation Officer, Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, and Tim Mescon, EVP and Chief Officer Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Speaker(s):
  • Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO, AACSB International
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
  • Timothy S. Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International
  • Stephanie M. Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB International

KEYNOTE 1: Uncertainty Drives Innovation and Adaptability

This session explains how embracing uncertainty counter-intuitively makes people and businesses more innovative and adaptable to uncertainty. Innovation and adaptability have been particularly important during COVID-19 and will be even more important in the future.

Speaker(s):
  • Vaughn Tan, Assistant Prof and Author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food, UCL School of Management, University College London

04:00 a.m.–09:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

05:30 a.m.–05:50 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

LIVE Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our exhibitor showcase to chat live with our conference exhibitors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

05:50 a.m.–07:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Dimensions of Engagement for Societal Impact

The session will consider key elements central to enhancing capabilities for the delivery of societal impact. For example the need for development of a range of knowledge exchange approaches and also the importance of diverse collaborative schemes across institutions/organizations (academic and non-academic). Takeaways from the sessions will include: Gearing professional development pathways to support societal impact; Marrying impact programs with local needs; Diversifying outputs to match intended outcomes; Focusing on human capital for effective digital programs.

Speaker(s):
  • Debbie Keeling, Associate Dean for Engagement, The University of Sussex
  • Sherif H. Kamel, Dean, The American University in Cairo
  • Richard Whitfield, Senior Publisher, Emerald Publishing
  • Enase F. Okonedo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International

Impact Through Partnerships

This session will focus on working with other agents to multiply the social impact of a business school, particularly in the context of sustainability. The two case studies are: the Social Leapfrog Program of Nova SBE; Enabling the Sustainable Development of Forests in SW Ethiopia Using an Innovative Forestry Management Technique of Huddersfield Business School.

Speaker(s):
  • Jill Johnes, Dean of Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield
  • Joana Castro e Costa, Executive Director, Leadership for Impact Knowledge Center, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Timothy S. Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International

07:00 a.m.–07:20 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

A Broadway Affair with Terron Brooks

Terron Brooks is an accomplished Broadway singer/ songwriter/ actor/ author/ motivational speaker who has a passion for sharing his gift of music with the world.  Terron will sing selections from the Broadway shows that he has performed in along with anecdotal stories of his time with the respective show to introduce each song.

07:20 a.m.–07:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking

08:00 a.m.–08:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Africa Regional Network Meeting

Topic: Reimagining Africa Beyond The Covid Crisis Mode: Innovative Ways To Navigate Into A New Paradigm

Speaker(s):
  • Hanane Elkouari, Head of Africa Development, IESEG School of Management
  • Elsabé Loots, Dean, University of Pretoria
  • Leila Triki, Dean, Mediterranean School of Business
  • Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
  • Morris Mthombeni, Interim Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting

The Online Learning Affinity Group aims to be a highly participative forum for sharing ideas and expertise on various issues and topics in online and blended learning. In this session, we will host a facilitated discussion on topics of working with instructional teams (including faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional designers), the changing role of the Higher Ed campus post-pandemic, and technologies to support a blended approach to teaching. Come to this session prepared to share your practices, questions, and challenges with the group. Breakout Topics: Working with instructional teams The changing post-pandemic HE campus Technologies to support blended learning

Speaker(s):
  • Tawnya S. Means, Assistant Dean and Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Renee Ford, Senior Instructional Designer, The Pennsylvania State University
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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

Standard 3: Faculty Qualifications – Possibilities and Misconceptions

This session will highlight the following: (1) How schools can use the qualification categories to their advantage, (2) Focus on the professional engagement categories which receive less focus than SA, (3) Talk about how faculty can potentially move category depending on their activities, (4) Debunk myths and misconceptions.

Speaker(s):
  • Marine Condette, Manager Accreditation and Member Services, AACSB International
  • Liyan Chen, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
  • Amy Memon, AACSB, AACSB International

03:00 a.m.–08:45 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

04:00 a.m.–05:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

How to make the most out of your data systems and virtual base rooms?

This session will share best practices for data collection and management, and how to prepare that data for strategy implementation and present that data to create an impactful virtual base room.

Speaker(s):
  • Jan P. Marton, Vice Dean and Associate Professor, School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg
  • Shana Chong, Manager, Accreditation and Engagement, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Kerrie Bridson, Associate Dean, Quality, Standards and Accreditation, Deakin University

Virtual Accreditation – Preparing and Executing a Virtual Base Room

The pandemic caused many schools to shift their accreditation and preparations to a virtual format. This session will share best practices for how to prepare and execute a virtual base room to ensure a seamless accreditation process.

Speaker(s):
  • David S. Byrne, Accreditation and Rankings Manager, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
  • Florence Southway-Ajulu, Accreditations Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

05:00 a.m.–05:20 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

LIVE Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our exhibitor showcase to chat live with our conference exhibitors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

05:20 a.m.–06:20 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Next Steps: Future of Business Schools in the Wake of COVID-19

Presenter will share specific examples and solutions related to overcoming various COVID-19 challenges. These examples will concern technologies as immersive technology, AI, analytics, etc. and solutions to guarantee a best learning experience as possible. Among the pandemic solutions deployed, he will also explain how it nurtures the innovation process and will draw possible future scenarios for the future of business schools in a post-covid era. This session will give you an opportunity to learn the differences between the 2013 and 2020 standards and ask questions specific to your region.

Speaker(s):
  • Alain Goudey, Chief Digital Officer, NEOMA Business School
  • Timothy S. Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International

06:20 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee, speaker or exhibitor and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

06:30 a.m.–07:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Pilot Schools: Insights from CIRs under the 2020 Business Accreditation Standards

Since the start of the 2020-21 academic year, AACSB has been working with a small number of schools chosen to pilot the accreditation process under the new 2020 Business Accreditation Standards. This session will share insights from three of the pilot schools reviewed since January 2021. The Speakers will reflect on their experiences, consider how the review process has changed between the 2013 and 2020 Standards, discuss how they prepared the required documentation and managed their virtual CIR Visits, and identify the lessons that they have learned from participating.

Speaker(s):
  • David Stannard, Director, Administration, Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • Divya Narayanan, International Accreditation Manager, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • Stephen Jui-Hsien Chou, Director, Office of Accreditation and Assessment / Associate Professor, National Tsing Hua University

07:30 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
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External Stakeholders: The Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

This session presents a multi-stakeholder-driven model for excellence in curriculum development and continuous improvement (including AOL) in business schools and how they approach this model, being based on the principles of learner empowerment, employability, transparency and world-class quality. The session tells the story of achieving excellence, quality, relevance and agility in curricula by ensuring that the needs of all stakeholders are firmly embedded in curriculum development. The roles of some impactful external stakeholders, including learners, alumni, industry partners, research institutions, experts/consultants, NGOs, service providers and accreditation bodies, will be discussed.

Speaker(s):
  • Yusuf Sidani, Interim Dean, American University of Beirut
  • Che Ruhana Isa, Dean, University of Malaya
  • Marine Condette, Manager Accreditation and Member Services, AACSB International
Thursday, June 3, 2021

02:00 a.m.–02:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting

Topic: Post Covid19 Higher Education in Asia & Experience of Initial PRT accreditation - The Asia Pacific Regional Network (APRN) pursues knowledge sharing and internal/external linking & networking among Asian business schools for possible collaborations. As business schools in the Asia Pacific region adjust to the challenges and evolving to a virtual environment, networking and linking with peer schools in the Asia Pacific region is becoming even more critical. In this session, key presenters will share how schools in Asian countries are developing the new educational system and continue to enhance their education platform in preparation for post-Covid19.


Responsible Management Education Meeting

Topic: Inspiring Responsible Management Education through Business Curricular and Community Engagement This session looks at Monash Malaysia PRME (Principles of responsible Management) initiatives to explore ways to drive excellence in education and community engagement that align with the ethos of the PRME Principles, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the mission of the School of Business. They include development of a capstone unit “Ethics and Sustainability in a Business Environment” and implementation of the CERTE (Connecting and Equipping Refugees to Tertiary Education) bridge course and SPF (Social Protection Fund) program to empower refugees in Malaysia.

Speaker(s):
  • Priya S. Amarjit Singh, PRME Ambassador, Monash University Malaysia, Monash University

Young Schools Networking Community Meeting

The purpose of creating this virtual community is to connect young business schools (less than 20 years old) with their peers worldwide. Members are encouraged to share their accreditation-related and continuous improvement concerns and/or experiences, contribute their thoughts and ideas to the discussions, as well as share best practices and resources with their peers.

Speaker(s):
  • Sean O. Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business
  • Victoria Kim, Associate Professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
  • Amer Qasim, Vice President , Al Ain University

02:00 a.m.–08:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

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

Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) Q&A

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, AACSB has offered CIR schools with upcoming visits the option to conduct their visit virtually. If you fall into this category and are wondering how you can facilitate a smooth and productive virtual visit, this session is for you. Hear from a school that recently conducted their CIR visit in a virtual format, as well as a member of their peer review team. Presenters will share planning and visit execution strategies that will lead to a well-coordinated and smooth visit.

Speaker(s):
  • Amy Memon, AACSB, AACSB International
  • Sherif H. Kamel, Dean, The American University in Cairo
  • David Oglethorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Cranfield University

Initial Accreditation Q&A

If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process, and we will discuss the psychology of a visit, managing a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.

Speaker(s):
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
  • Liyan Chen, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
  • Michael Powell, Former Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Griffith University

04:00 a.m.–04:10 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee, speaker or exhibitor and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

04:10 a.m.–05:10 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Standard 8: Impact of Scholarship

The focus of this session will be on how Schools need to engage in the creation and dissemination of high-quality impactful knowledge that is aligned with the School’s mission. This session will also look into how to identify and measure research societal impact and quality of intellectual contributions for all around faculty research, teaching, operations, and students’ projects.

Speaker(s):
  • Samar Aad Makhoul, Accreditation Coordinator, Lebanese American University
  • Ihsan Zakri, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

05:10 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
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Virtual Coffee Chat: Strategic Benchmarking

Join us for a brief presentation that will explore how others are using benchmarking as a strategic tool for quality management which will be followed by interactive discussion to help us translate benchmarking results into actionable items that fit into your institution’s strategy.

Speaker(s):
  • Mathias Falkenstein, Executive Policy Advisor and Managing Director, XOLAS, XOLAS GmbH
  • Wilfred F. Mijnhardt, Policy Director RSM, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

05:30 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
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Promoting and Maintaining Academic Integrity in Virtual Settings: Causes of Violation and Possible Solutions

The session will provide an overview of the institutional practices utilized for maintaining and promoting academic integrity in virtual settings, along with additional insights into student attitudes and motives for breaching academic integrity. Psychological, cultural and institutional causes of academic dishonesty will be outlined to discuss which measures can be most useful to tackle the issue. The presentation will address technological solutions and pedagogical approaches that can be utilized to minimize the probability of breaching academic integrity in a virtual environment, considering the students` perspective on academic integrity.

Speaker(s):
  • Nikolina Ljepava, Department Chair, American University in the Emirates
  • Serdar Kurdoğlu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Administration, Bilkent University

06:30 a.m.–06:50 a.m.
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Watermark Insights - Building an Effective AACSB Reporting Process

Industry Session

AACSB accreditation requires close alignment with stringent standards, while also offering an opportunity to showcase what sets your institution apart. How can you capture data that addresses both needs? In this session, The European School of Management and Technology will review the role of data capture and reporting in their AACSB accreditation process using Digital Measures by Watermark. We’ll cover how to: create meaningful reports that align with AACSB Accreditation Standards, establish effective reporting processes on campus, and align AACSB report criteria to data collection.

Speaker(s):
  • Christopher Xitco, Head of Research Administration, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • Danny Collins, Director, International Division, Watermark Insights
  • Ben Vincent, Solution Engineer, Watermark Insights

07:00 a.m.–08:00 a.m.
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AoL: Leveraging National Accreditation Requirements for AACSB Accreditation

In this session, presenters will demonstrate how work undertaken for national and regional accreditation requirements can be leveraged for AACSB accreditation. The presentation will focus on curriculum planning and assessment processes that demonstrate an efficient approach to combining the requirements of regional accreditation with AACSB. Speakers will discuss how the principles-based approach to the 2020 AACSB Business Accreditation Standards can be implemented in practice as well as some of challenges schools might face with AoL and staff sufficiency.

Speaker(s):
  • Rihab Khalifa, Vice Dean, College of Business and Economics and Professor in Accounting, United Arab Emirates University
  • Jasmina Selimovic, Associate Professor, Dean, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo
Friday, June 4, 2021

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

Best Practices in Student Mobility: Creative Interdisciplinary Exchange and Partnership Quality Management Model

This session will feature two aspects of student mobility. National University of Singapore and the TUM School of Management will deep dive into their Entrepreneurship Exchange Program as an example of a non-business school collaboration as a best practice in innovative, interdisciplinary exchange. Aalto University School of Business has developed a Quality Evaluation Process (QEP) using Power BI in a user-friendly format, to maintain and develop a sustainable partner network in student exchanges. The QEP utilizes data in student exchange program decisions. The session will provide learning opportunities for institutions interested to manage and improve international partnerships and offer students the best possible exchange experiences.

Speaker(s):
  • Miriam Mahler, Program Coordinator, International Office, Technical University Munich
  • Saila T. Kurtbay, Head, International Affairs, Aalto University
  • Gay Peng Kee, Associate Director, NUS Overseas College, National University of Singapore

03:00 a.m.–06:10 a.m.
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Exhibitor Showcase Open

04:00 a.m.–05:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

KEYNOTE II: The Age of AI and the Role of the Educator

Educators need to prepare students for the future where jobs will be transformed by robots and artificial intelligence. In preparation, students need to hone both their human and their technical skills. This session will provide insight to how educators can prepare students for a world where AI and robots are the norm, as well as how partnerships with employers can help educators keep up with the rapid technological changes.

Speaker(s):
  • Gregory J. Whitwell, Dean, The University of Sydney

05:00 a.m.–05:10 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Wellness Break: Meditation + Mindfulness = Good for the Soul with Ceasar Barajas

Mental wellbeing at work is a proven way to reduce burnout and increase productivity and job satisfaction. Participants will experience less stress, better sleep and a more optimistic outlook. By calming and focusing your mind, you’re able to live every moment to its fullest. Our teacher is a courageous and spiritual warrior. Ceasar is a 7-year US Navy Veteran who found meditation when he was experiencing anxiety. Meditation became the stabilizer for his personal and professional life. Rejuvenate and refresh. Breathe and alleviate anxiety. There are different types of breathing to support you throughout your day. Our experienced and soul-stirring teacher will move you to become the best version of yourself. Ceasar is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching meditation + mindfulness to their Summer Principals Academy.

05:15 a.m.–06:15 a.m.
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Creating engaging content for virtual and hybrid teaching: Lessons from collaborating with a comedian

Three years ago, I began collaborating with the comedian Sammy Obeid (known as host of “100 Humans” on Netflix) on creating humorous educational videos on business topics. This initiative gave rise to the multi-award-winning “Inspiring Guest” program at TBS Education (formerly Toulouse Business School). In this talk, I will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of such a collaboration, stressing practical takeaways that can be used by other educators and business schools in order to create engaging video content.

Speaker(s):
  • David Stolin, Professor, Finance, TBS Education