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SIAS International, School of Business participated, for the first time, in the annual AACSB International Accreditation Conference for the Asia-Pacific region.

SIAS International, School of Business participated, for the first time, in the annual AACSB International Accreditation Conference for the Asia-Pacific region. AACSB International (AACSB) is the top business school accreditation agency in the world. Currently only about 5% of the worlds 13,000 business schools hold the agencys prestigious accreditation.

The Accreditation Conference, of which the purpose was to provide guidance and answer questions for prospective applicants and currently accredited business schools, was held May 24-May 26, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University provided support in planning the conference. The Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and The School of Management, Zhejiang University provided various levels of support in sponsoring the event.

There were approximately two hundred and ten (210) conference participants from sixteen different countries (16). Conference participants included representatives from such esteemed Asian universities as South Koreas Hanyang Universitys School of Business; Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong.  Associate Dean of Accounting Liu Dongmei, AACSB International Certification Coordinator Liu Baoqi and Professor Gentry Benjamin represented the business school at the seminar.

The three-day conference consisted of several independent educational sessions. Conference participants attended three plenary (main) sessions. The topics of these sessions included the following: (1) Balancing the Internationalization of Asia-Pacific Business Schools and Region Specific Needs; Curriculum Management and (3) Cultivating an Atmosphere of Ethics and Social Responsibility. In these sessions, currently accredited business schools shared their experiences and offered advice on how accreditation applicants may meet the AACSB standards on these issues.

The three-day conference also offered several concurrent sessions which allowed conference participants to choose which sessions to attend. The topics of these sessions included: (1) Standard One: Mission, Impact and Innovation; (2) Initial Accreditation Strategies and Best Policies; (3) Evolving Faculty Models to Increase Academic and Professional Engagement; (4) Working with Mentors and Peer Review Teams; and (5) Making an Impact Intellectual Contributions and Alignment with Mission.

In addition to educational sessions, one of the major purposes of the Accreditation Conference is the opportunity to network and make connections with people who can assist in the accreditation process. SIAS attendees made several important contacts at the conference. An example of such is a connection is Suzanne Mintz, Director of Accreditation Services for the Asia and Oceania regions, AACSB International.  Ms. Mintz has already proved her value, as she was responsive in answering attendee questions.

As SIAS International Universitys first visit to AACSBs accreditation conference, SIAS representatives gained valuable insight into the accreditation process. The presenters were knowledgeable and helpful in addressing issues that the School of Business may have in the future. It also provided an understanding of the importance of international/globalized business education versus regionally-focused education. The conference also provided attendees the opportunity to network, thereby strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the worlds top business schools and other business institutions.