Leading by example
Sharing one's accreditation journey is important to improve the quality of the higher education experience in business schools around the world, according to the Head of Monash Business School.
Professor Colm Kearney spoke to a group of business schools currently working towards accreditation at the recent Asia-Pacific meeting of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Professor Kearney used his extensive knowledge of the accreditation process to inform those present on the intricacies of the journey, illustrating key points with the accreditation experiences of Monash Business School.
"The aim of the session was to provide aspiring business schools with the knowledge on how they could go about becoming an accredited member of the network," Professor Kearney said.
"Using Monash Business School's journey to accreditation, I was able to take the schools through the process, all the standards, what it means to have accreditation, and what the overall philosophy is.
"We also had a very informative Q&A session at the end."
The conference, held in Shanghai, was attended by business schools wanting to sharpen their approach to re-accreditation. There were also a significant number of schools from throughout Australasia and the Asia Pacific region that are currently thinking about accreditation.
"They were very interested to hear from someone representing a school that was accredited and about the journey to achieve that accreditation."
Professor Kearney was also able to meet with the leaders of a business school he is currently mentoring.
"I am happy to be able to offer advice and support as they go through their accreditation journeys," he said.
Making the world a better place
Helping other business school achieve accreditation is one way that Monash Business School contributes to improving business education around the world.
Head, Monash Business School
"We belong to the Global Business School Network (GBSN), a network of accredited business schools that aims to build management education capacity in the developing world," Professor Kearney said.
"Through the network we are reaching out to business schools in the developing or emerging world that have a fraction of the resources we do, and helping them."
"If these business schools can improve their quality, Monash Business School is in a very direct way helping to make a better quality higher education experience for students in those countries."
"It is important to use the Business School's networks to make the world a better place."
Monash is Australia's only 'Group of Eight' research-intensive business school to have achieved triple accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its business school.