BSB continues to expand its global network despite unprecedented international challenges
BSB announces the signature of a 200th international partnership with the prestigious Irish institution of Trinity College, Dublin. This follows two further agreements with the renowned Irish universities DCU and University of Limerick signed in the last 18 months. Alongside a long-standing partnership with NUI Galway (2012), BSB not only offers students remarkable opportunities for mobility, this also creates the possibility for enriching exchange opportunities for faculty, allowing for common research and educational projects. More generally, these new signatures emphasise the growing number of accredited international partners of BSB, for whom international connections are paramount.
Lowering the impact of Brexit
With the UK leaving the ERASMUS scheme, a strain has been put on exchange and mobility programmes between the EU and the UK. BSB is proud of its well-established partnerships with UK institutions and commited to strenghening those ties beyond Erasmus.
“We wish to maintain the best possible level of exchanges with our British partners such as the prestigious business schools of Warwick, Nottingham, Newcastle, Surrey, Hull or Oxford Brookes, but the post-Brexit context also invites us to ensure advantageous alternatives for our students. In this respect, Ireland and its excellent universities are the destinations of choice“, says Claudia Sampel, Associate Dean of International Relations at BSB. Indeed, over the past 18 months, three major agreements have been signed with Irish institutions: DCU (Dublin, September 2019), University of Limerick (December 2020) and Trinity College (Dublin, January 2021.)
“We have a shared vision to contribute to the betterment of society through innovative, entrepreneurial and internationally-oriented business education and research“, explains Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School. “An international exchange experience enhances a student’s life experience as well as broadening the scope of their business education. Our new partnership with Burgundy School of Business will bring many benefits to both our students and we look forward to many successful years working together“.
“Signing a partnership with Trinity Business School is a great achievement and we look forward to our projects as we are very much aligned in our visions“, says Claudia Sampel. “Together with our historical partner NUI Galway (2012), with whom a very popular dual degree at Bachelor level has been developed, BSB students and faculty are ensured with a high-quality mobility offer to the British Isles with strong partners in the UK and Ireland“.
Longstanding international presence, two thirds of partners accredited
Since receiving the AACSB (2014) and EQUIS (2016) accreditations, which have reinforced BSB’s international influence, the School has considerably increased its number of accredited international partners: in 2011, 30% of partners were accredited; 10 years later, this proportion has more than doubled with two thirds of partners accredited. Among the prestigious signatures of the last few months: NHH-Norwegian School of Economics (Bergen, EQUIS & AMBA); Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa, Canada, AACSB & EQUIS & AMBA); Sonoma State University (USA, AACSB) or NCTU (Taiwan).
BSB has a particularly long-standing international history, with a third of partnerships signed between 15 and… 53 years ago. The oldest include those signed with Hochschule Pforzheim (Germany, AACSB, 1968) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, USA, AACSB, 1993). BSB continues to nurture these relationships over half a century later, while also continuing to widen its global reach, creating new partnerships with institutions in Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Europe.
“200 partnerships is a significant number, which is a good illustration of the rich opportunities for student and faculty mobility throughout the world“, says Claudia Sampel. “We will of course continue to develop this offer, but always with a focus on quality, by strengthening our double degrees, and the links with our strategic partners such as Curtin University in Australia, Brock University in Canada, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan.