Business Education in a New Era

Despite the affinity for change, the last few years have presented exceptionally complex challenges for GME, many of which appear to be persistent as the world approaches the endemic phase of the COVID crisis. Geopolitical instability, rising global competition, and increased pressure to generate greater levels of university-level revenue are but a few of the challenges defining the current era of GME administration. Perhaps if there's anything relevant to current challenges to be learned by history both recent and ancient, certainly it is that working together produces better approaches to managing change.

To that end, the BusinessCAS community will join with the Business Graduates Association to jointly offer our Summer 2022 GME Summit: Business Education in a New Era.

July 27, 2022 · 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
The Westin Boston Seaport District

Discussion Facilitators

Farhoud Kafi

Farhoud Kafi

President of Procurement

Foundry Institute (PFI)

Headshot_Dr. Mukul Kumar

Dr. Mukul Kumar

Chief Innovation Officer

Hult International Business School

Headshot__Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Research Director


Headshot_Kate Klepper

Kate Klepper

Associate Dean Grad Business Programs

D'Amore- McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

Headshot_Kelly Sugrue

Kelly Sugrue

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Brandeis International Business School


9:30 a.m. | Start & Session Logistics

9:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m. | Session 1: International Enrollment – Strategy & Tactics

International students are critically important to US business schools: for program financial health, in defining the classroom experience, and in many other ways.  Yet we continue to hear from our international audience the concerns they have related to their inclusion in discussion, their acceptance in social cohorts, and their safety in the US.  With many schools reporting a decline in the volume of international applications they received this admissions cycle, this session will focus on the development of best practices in recruiting and supporting our international students.

10:45 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. | Session 2: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as Strategic Imperative

Creating a truly inclusive educational community has been one of the most important items on the priority list of most Deans for the last decade, but it’s hard sometimes to see progress as universal – and even harder to determine how best to create an environment that reflects the DEI values of the school.  There are many special interest groups that support the improvement of representation in admission and curriculum and faculty, but without a more fundamental cultural shift that ties these goals to actual performance, it’s hard to imagine industry-wide change.  This session will discuss how to build a culture that supports inclusivity goals and start to define the tangible steps leaders must take to make progress on DEI goals. 

11:45 a.m. | Break


12:00 p.m. | Session 3: Micro-credentials and the Focus on Lifelong Learning

Over the last few years, a shift from degree’s towards micro-credentials have taken place where students are beginning to favor a lifelong learning approach that goes hand in hand with their careers. This shift is forcing business schools to reconsider their program portfolio including design, content, and capacity. This session will hone into current market developments with regards to micro-credentials and will provide ideas and suggestions on how a business school may go about implementing them into their offering.

12:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 p.m. | Session 4: Worldwide Alliances and Partnerships

Alliances and partnerships allow business schools to offer a truly international experience for students by exposing them to global companies and mindsets, creating citizens of the globe who are capable of working anywhere. Building alliances and partnerships, however, can be a difficult and expensive process if done incorrectly. In this session, delegates will learn of a few methods they can utilize to build successful partnerships and alliances that leverage all of the partner’s strengths equally, as well as build a global presence across several continents.

2:15 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m. | Session 5: Final Discussion

3:30 p.m. | Break

3:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks

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Networking Reception

At the close of the summit, please join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, and conversations.

We will begin at 5:00 pm at Legal Harborside on the Boston Seaport.

About Us

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

The Business Graduates Association (BGA) is an international membership and quality assurance body for world-leading and high-potential Business Schools. Schools within BGA's network share its commitment to responsible management practices, lifelong learning, and delivering positive impact for Business School stakeholders.

BGA aims to ensure that Business Schools innovate and venture beyond conventional means of teaching; as such, the impact and results of that teaching are stressed in our quality assurance process.

BGA's sister brand, the Association of MBAs (AMBA), is the leading impartial authority on MBA education and can trace its roots back to 1967, when it was founded to improve the quality of business education. Today, AMBA & BGA's networks comprise more than 400 international Business Schools, collectively.


BusinessCAS is an ecosystem of resources focused on advancing Graduate Management Education (GME) as an industry and GME leaders as individual professionals. It centers around a Centralized Application Service, or CAS, and includes application processing support, pipeline development services and networking opportunities that connect members to industry-leading research and hard-learned best practices around educating tomorrow’s business leaders.

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