23.10.2017 | MSc International Management, BSc International Management Double Degree (IMX)

Business Schools from three continents meet in Reutlingen

Guests from eight countries joined the meeting of the International Partnership of Business Schools.

Arbeitstreffen der International Partnership of Business Schools in Reutlingen.

By: Lena Jauernig

Boston, Dublin, Elon, Lancaster, Madrid, Piacenza, Reims, Raleigh, San Diego, Puebla, Sao Paulo. Reads like a round-the-world trip, but is the guest list of the Reutlingen IPBS meeting: At the beginning of October, 28 attendees from eight countries assembled at ESB Business School for the traditional autumn meeting of the International Partnership of Business School (IPBS).

The IPBS is a unique network whose members comprise eleven renowned business schools from Europe, America and Latin America. Among other things, the partners jointly offer the Bachelor International Management Double-Degree and the Master International Management. In both programmes the students spend one half of the course at their home university and the other half at one of the partner universities.

To guarantee top quality, the topicality of teaching, smooth processes and optimal study conditions, the professors and staff from the partner universities are constantly in close consultation with each other – not only by phone or by email but also at regular personal meetings. Host of the meeting this time was ESB Business School.

Besides meetings with students, various panels came together to discuss multinational aspects of the courses and to work on the continuous content-related development of the study programmes. At the beginning Thomas Dauner, Managing Partner of the Boston Consulting Group and alumnus of the German-English study programme, initiated the attendees in his opening speech in the challenges of digitisation in higher education. Further highlights were the inclusion of Elon University, Martha & Spencer Love School of Business (North Carolina, USA) in the IPBS network as well as the re-election of the IPBS Executive Committee with Robert Robinson from the ICADE (Madrid, Spain) as the new president.  

Outside the official meetings there were also many opportunities for networking and conversations, for example at the formal dinner on the Achalm, the visit to the “Volksfest” at Cannstatter Wasen or at the graduation ceremony of ESB Business School in the city hall in Reutlingen.