Dean Robert Wheeler visited Mexico and US in June 2011, where he attended the 6th Annual Conference of the Global Business School Network (GBSN) hosted by IPADE in Mexico City, Mexico. The event was attended by more than 140 leaders in business education from over 28 countries across the globe including Pakistan. The annual conference provides a platform to professionals from the industry, academia, and civil society to share their best practices and expertise on management education for the developing world. While attending the conference, Dean Wheeler emphasized the importance and need for applied research in developing nations as one of the key factors in reviving a country’s economy.
Dean Wheeler also met with Deans and Program Directors at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts. GMAC provides products and services to academic institutions and prospective management education students and is the owner and administrator of the GMAT exam globally. The GMAC team took keen interest in the KSBL project and discussed the use of GMAT by KSBL as a part of its admissions evaluation of MBA candidates.
Finally the Dean attended a seminar at Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Chicago, Illinois. More than 600 institutions worldwide hold the AACSB Accreditation and overall 41 countries are represented by AACSB-accredited schools, making the accreditation a benchmark among the academic community worldwide for business school quality. KSBL is interested in being accredited by the AACSB in the future. Dean Wheeler had the opportunity to learn more about the steps that will be needed to be taken to earn that accreditation.
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