University of Maryland’s Robert
H. Smith School of Business
Joins Global Business School Network
College Park, Md. – Aug. 17, 2009 — The University of
Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced it was named the
newest member of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), joining more than 30
other world-leading business schools that make up the international nonprofit
organization’s membership. The schools in the network are dedicated to building
business leaders in developing economies and share resources and thought
leadership to accomplish this mission.
“A commitment to globalization, combined with a strong focus on social value
creation, is the centerpiece of our strategy and vision,” said G. “Anand”
Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “The Global
Business School Network’s mission to educate the next generation of mangers in
developing countries makes us perfect partners in our mutual quest to use
business education to make the world a better place.”
Guy Pfeffermann, CEO of GBSN, shared, “We are proud to welcome the Robert H.
Smith School of Business to our network and look forward to active
collaborations given our close proximity.”
As part of GBSN, the Smith School will work to share knowledge and help build
programs at business schools in emerging markets — either one-on-one or in teams
made up of faculty from several member schools. The goal is to establish strong
business schools in emerging markets that provide a robust pool of business
leaders to local, regional and multinational organizations in those markets.
The Smith School is active internationally on many levels with the goal of
educating men and women to become agents of positive change in the world by
exposing them to new business practices, different cultures and new ways of
thinking. Understanding the global economy and its transformations is a big part
of the Smith experience, where students have the opportunity to travel
throughout the world to learn about business in 10-day MBA global study courses
and undergraduate trips. Recent programs have included trips to Dubai, Brazil,
Hong Kong, Beijing, Tunisia, Europe and India.
This fall, the Smith School will launch the Center for Social Value Creation.
The center gives students hands-on learning opportunities to apply business
principles to global social and environmental challenges. It sponsors Global
Field Projects, including a partnership with the University of Maryland’s
Engineers Without Borders chapter that has business students developing
sustainable business plans for water and electricity distribution in rural
Africa. The center also supports faculty research is areas such as global
development alliances and lending practices in developing economies.
The Smith School also is home to the Center for International Business
Education and Research (CIBER), one of 31 such centers at business schools
funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS, PhD, and executive education
programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school
offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in
North America and Asia.
About the Global Business School Network (GBSN)
The Global Business School Network is an international non-profit network of
leading business schools dedicated to strengthening the next generation of
skilled managers in low-income countries. Drawing on its exclusive network of
top business schools and organizational partners around the world, GBSN couples
global best practice with local relevance resulting in a high-powered approach
to management education. GBSN programs provide business and management students
with rigorous yet practical training, resulting in a stronger pool of local
leadership and management talent for all sectors.