Meaningful engagement was the order of the day at the 17th Annual NIBS Conference in the UK this week.
This year’s event featured several new elements, all aimed at facilitating collaboration among member schools. Among the innovations were a ‘speed-dating’ session that encouraged attendees to identify partnership opportunities between their universities, an interactive ‘open space’ discussion that was led by participants, and a poster session that showcased a broad range of teaching innovations and research findings related to international business.
The conference was hosted by the Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University, and attracted delegates from 32 member schools in 17 countries.
The substantive theme for 2017 was the future of business schools in the face of technological change, growing financial pressures and an evolving international landscape. Keynote speakers included Dr. Balázs Heidrich, Rector of Budapest Business School, and Dr. Ralph Tench, Professor of Communication at Leeds Business School. The presentations were followed by interactive panel discussions that facilitated deep discussion and audience involvement.
As in past years, the program concluded with site visits to two local businesses: A W Hainsworth & Sons Ltd., a world-leading manufacturer of wool products and specialty textiles, and North Brewing Co., a microbrewery founded by the owners of Leeds’ renowned North Bar.