Russian business school head, Sergei Myasoyedov, chairs meeting of AASSB's European Advisory Council for the first time
RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of the Institute of Business Studies (IBS Moscow) Sergei Myasoyedov has chaired his first meeting of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) European Advisory Council for the first time in his capacity as Chairman. The participants discussed the most recent AACSB initiatives, expressed satisfaction with the rapid growth in its membership and the growing interest to AACSB consultancy aimed at improving the quality of business education in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
They agreed that business schools in the region should intensify their efforts to promote AACSB’s high quality standards in their countries and pay more attention to working with teachers and the practical interests of businesses; and reaffirmed AACSB International accreditation as the quality benchmark for business schools, as it is both the world’s most challenging and most prestigious institutional accreditation for business schools and the highest level in the so-called Triple Crown accreditation (having triple accreditation of AACSB, AMBA and EFMD is considered the highest sign of quality and recognition of a business school, currently awarded to fewer than 90 business schools around the world).
“I was a little nervous when I began to moderate the work of the international Advisory Council for the first time as Chairman,” Sergei Myasoyedov confessed. “My audience included the deans of some of the European business schools IBS had looked up to as benchmarks for years. However, my experience of leading the Russian Association of Business Education (RABE) helped me out. I knew that heads of business schools do not like just sitting back in their chairs. As implementers of interactive and practice-oriented teaching methods, they usually easily take up proposals to engage in brainstorming. So when I suggested a hackathon-type brainstorm, they all picked up the idea. I did not even have to think about how to stimulate the discussion. It became so interesting, professionally, that in a few minutes I just plunged into it with pleasure.”
“This experience at a governing body of the world’s largest and most respected association of business schools is very useful for me. What I learned during the discussion is important for IBS to remain a leader of Russia’s market-oriented business education, as well as for other RANEPA business schools and the RABE. I also expect that we will return to discussing some of the issues raised at the European Advisory Council meeting at the Gaidar Business Education Forum sessions,” he said.
“I should especially note that two prominent business education professionals will open major discussions at the Gaidar Forum in January 2018, on the development of business education in Russia and the world, and on the best business school model for the breakthrough technologies and digital economy era – Professor Tom Robinson, AACSB International President and CEO, and Professor Jean-François Manzoni, President of IMD (Lausanne) business school, a leader of European management education,” he added.