ECBE Annual Conference Speakers and Further Details
With less than a month away before ECBE's annual conference we would like to remind you that we will be gathering in the beautiful city of Vienna on the 24th through the 26th May for the conference, and on 23rd of May for the all-day pre-conference seminar. This year's theme is Global Co-Operation in Business Education: Pan-European Initiatives.
To give you a flavour of the range of topics and speakers we have this year, it is with pleasure we can tell you that presentations will include the following:
- 'Flexible learning, flexible working: What might this mean for higher education in the 21st century?' by Dr Alison Le Cornu, UK;
- 'A vision of future collaboration possibilities - use a working model of internet empowered collaboration' by Liz Craig, France;
- 'Two for the price of one! Exploring a unique approach to shared curriculum' with Robeta Grossi, France, and Bonnie Tiel, USA;
- 'How cultural differences affect co-operation in business education: case of Germany, France and Russia' presented by Leonid Bragin and Zhanna Musatova, Russia;
- 'Writing international case studies as an expat', presented by Michelle Dietrich, Romania and Poland; Perry Haan and Laura Mays, based in USA and Romania;
- 'The internationalization of higher education in the global economy' by Elena Krasovskaya, Ukraine.
Also speaking is ENQA President Achim Hopbach, as well as members from Bahrain, Russia and the Czech Republic, amongst others.
Thursday and the Pre-Conference Seminar
On the day before the official start of the conference members can attend the Pre-Conference Seminar. This full-day event covers information regarding accreditation including ECBE/ENQA guidelines for internal quality assurance, double and joint diploma programmes discussing the ECBE document "Guidelines for accreditation of double and joint diplomas (collaborative partnerships") and goes over the accreditation site visit, including the revised ECBE document "Stage 3: The visit".
If you register for the conference and the seminar together you will receive a discount of €50. This event is open to everyone and is particularly of interest to those members planning to begin the process of accreditation as well as to those who may be considering becoming an evaluator.
Use this link to register for the conference, seminar or both:
Whether you are attending the Pre-Conference Seminar or have arrived the night before the Conference, we invite you to join us for an optional dinner. We will be dining at Esterhazykeller in the city centre where for €35, you can partake in some traditional Viennese fare with wine or beer. It will be a nice way to meet colleagues and share thoughts on the days ahead. If you are interested in joining us please contact ECBE assistant Kim Kakebe at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the reservation list.
Please check back here for more information regarding the conference as we will have information about seeing the sites of Vienna and about how to get to the conference hotel and venue.
Two important conference reminders and an invitation to join us for a meal
Last Call for Early-Bird Discounts
A last minute reminder that if you want a deal on the ECBE conference and hotel accommodation, you must act quickly to register for the conference and your hotel room as the offers expire in the next several days. The event is being held in Vienna this year and the theme is 'Global Co-operation in Business Education: Pan-European Initiatives'.
To register for the conference, pre-conference seminar or reserve your hotel rooms please go to these links:
Registration for the preconference seminar is also open. This is an excellent opportunity for new members to learn about the steps required to achieve accreditation and it is also very relevant for anyone who is considering becoming an evaluator. The cost for the full-day event is only &euro195. It will be held on Thursday 23rd May at the same venue as the ECBE conference, the Marriott's Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel.
The schedule will include sessions on:
- ECBE/ENQA guidelines for internal quality assurance with particular emphasis on the importance of levels descriptors on learning outcomes, assessment tasks and marking criteria/schemes;
Double and joint diploma programmes: Includes the launch of the ECBE document "Guidelines for accreditation of double and joint diplomas (collaborative partnerships");
- The accreditation site visit. Discussion and launch of the revised ECBE document "Stage 3: The visit".
Those attending will receive complimentary copies of UK Credit Forum publications: Making sense of credit and qualifications and 2010 Survey of the use of credit in higher education (in the UK).
This seminar is usually quite popular and limited in class size so please indicate your interest early and register.
And it is worth bearing in mind that if you sign up for both the preconference seminar and the conference you will receive a discount of &euro50. To register for either the preconference seminar or the conference, go to www.ecbe.eu and on the menu bar go to events and conferences where you can download the registration forms. You will also find the link to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate (if you act before 11th April).
Optional Thursday Night Dinner
Lastly, if you would like to join us for the optional dinner on Thursday, please let us know when you register for the conference or you can contact me directly and let me know. We will be eating at the Esterhazykeller (www.esterhazykeller.at) and the cost will be &euro35 per person for food and drink. This will be a good opportunity to either discuss the day's workshop or meet with colleagues before the start of the conference.
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna.
Free Webinar for ECBE Members
How can you transform your traditional MBA to serve the increasingly entrepreneurial students coming through your doors?
The Global Business School Network (GBSN) is hosting a one-hour free webinar, titled: Transforming MBA Curriculum for an Entrepreneurial World on March 20th 2013 starting at 11.00 a.m. EST.
In 2008 GBSN member-school Universidad de Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile reconsidered its curriculum and adapted its MBA programme to better prepare students to be strong entrepreneurial leaders. The university is now recognised as the leading entrepreneurship education provider among the best Latin American business schools.
UDD's Associate Dean Jose Ernesto Amoros will cover the successes and challenges the school has had in transforming the curriculum as well. Participants are encouraged to share ideas for innovations in entrepreneurship for MBA curricula. The discussion will be in English and is open to all for no charge however space is limited.
For more information contact email@example.com or to register please go to:
Early-Bird Special Offers for the ECBE Annual Conference
As we hope you know already, the ECBE annual conference and AGM will be held on 24th and 25th May. This year's theme is 'Global Co-operation in Business Education: Pan-European Initiatives'.
For the conference itself, if you register by the end of the first week in April, you will receive a discount of €100 off the attendance price making the cost €495 for the first attendee and €450 for others joining from your programme or institution.
Please download the registration form here:
Concerning accommodation, we have negotiated a very reasonable price at the conference hotel (the Marriott Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel) of €115 per night. The price includes an American-style buffet breakfast, in-room high-speed internet connection and use of the hotel's gym and indoor pool.
To avoid disappointment we suggest that you book your room early as they are limited in number. After 15th March we will have to release some of the rooms back to the hotel and after 10th of April we will not be able to guarantee rooms at this price.
This link given below includes a promotional code for ECBE use only to ensure the €115-per-night room price. If you encounter any difficulty you can contact Ms Leonie Neuwirth at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on +43 (0) 1 515 18 8708.
Guidelines for Conference Paper Submissions
Please click here to download the Guidelines for Conference Paper Submissions.
Planning for the ECBE 18th Annual Conference, May 24th and 25th, 2013
Dear ECBE Member,
As many of you are making your plans for 2013 here is some information regarding our Annual Conference. The theme is "Global co-operation in business education: pan-European initiatives".
The conference will be held at the Marriott Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel. We have been able to negotiate a very good price there for €115 per room (single or double occupation) with breakfast and in-room internet included. The gala dinner, held on Saturday night, is included in the price of the conference.
The cost of the conference is very similar to our last one, which was held in Barcelona in May 2012. Early-bird prices for members who book before early April 2013 are €495 for the first attendee and €450 for others joining from your programme or institution. For those booking after the first week of April 2013, a late-fee of €100 will be levied to the prices mentioned above.
Participation in the pre-conference seminar is encouraged for all institutions applying for accreditation or for those who wish to become evaluators. The cost is €195. If you are planning to attend both the seminar and the conference and book them together, there is a reduction of €50 to the total cost.
As usual, there will be an optional dinner on Thursday night for those arriving the night before the conference begins or for those attending the pre-conference seminar. We estimate the cost to be approximately €35 per person. We are also considering arranging a dinner for those interested on Friday night, which may be more expensive. Again, this would be optional.
Lastly we would like to encourage you to consider giving a presentation at the conference. If you believe you have a paper relating to "Global co-operation in business education: pan-European initiatives" that would be of interest to other ECBE members, please contact us as soon as possible with an abstract and the name(s) of the speaker(s).
As hotel rooms at the prices mentioned above are limited in number, we encourage you to make your bookings promptly. If you are interested please contact contact Leonie Neuwirth on +43 (0) 1 515 18 8708 or email her at email@example.com.
We hope you will find this information helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (you can mail Kim Kakebe, ECBE assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org). Please check back here on the website regularly as we will be updating this information with registration forms and more details.
17th Annual Conference Summary
The annual conference of the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) was held in Barcelona on May 25-27, with the theme "The impact of new technologies on business education."
Following a pre-conference seminar on May 24devoted to "quality assurance", delegates from some 17 countries attended the gathering. They heard from speakers from a variety of countries giving presentations of their papers. These included topics of interest such as managing open learning in the world of Web2; changing vocational education for tomorrow's economy in Russia; considering the gap between theory and practice in business education and how this can be narrowed using modern technologies; the approach to engaging adult learners - in particular, executives - effectively contrasting with that of regular students and using learning theory to enhance the use of e-learning technologies. The latter was conducted using Skype with the main speaker being in the USA, providing a demonstration of the use of modern software to assist teaching and learning. There were also presentations on digital marketing for hospitality and a discussion on how the iPad is changing adult education. The presentations satisfied the desire for intellectual stimulus while the illustration of actual technologies being used in classrooms in different parts of the world offered inspired ideas and methodologies for delegates to put into practice. The results of a members's marketing survey was also presented to the attendees.
During the conference the annual general meeting of ECBE was held with reports from the Executive Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Commissioners. ECBE continues to grow and is supported by an upward financial trend which will boost development. The Chairman of the Commissioners reported that some 30 programmes had been accredited in the past year and these honours were awarded at the Gala dinner.
The principle agenda item for the meeting of the membership was the dissolution of ECBE asbl (association sans but lucrative) and the founding of ECBE aisbl (association international sans but lucrative). This was passed unanimously with the election of a new Board of Directors for the new association.
The conference ended with a Gala Dinner on Saturday night and a tour of Barcelona on Sunday morning.