Accompanying us in the photo are recently appointed deans and directors general of business schools and universities from around the world. They came to ESADE this week as part of the 2011 International Deans Programme, an activity jointly organised by the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Their visit provided an opportunity for them to share the main initiatives being carried out at their business schools, and for us to offer an overview of our strategic goals and operations at ESADE.
The visit started with a tour of our campus in Sant Cugat, where Dean Alfons Sauquet informed the visitors of ESADE’s main strategic goals for the coming years. Alfred Vernis, Executive Director of the University Programmes Unit at ESADE Business School, gave them an overview of ESADE’s MSc programmes, and Jaume Hugas, Executive Director of the Executive Education Unit, described the main activities and challenges that executive education faces today. After a stop at ESADECREAPOLIS, where Director General Santi Benedé gave a tour of the facilities, the visitors arrived at our Barcelona campus. We shared perspectives on the future challenges facing us and our business schools, as well as our plans for the coming years; overall, the encounter was highly successful and could open new doors to solid academic relationships.
These new deans and directors general, like longer-serving ones, face great challenges in heading their institutions: striving for academic excellence and cutting-edge research while adapting to the global changes of the 21st century. As in any demanding circumstance, we will all, no doubt, go through hard times, but the successes and new achievements we seek will surely make all the difficulties worthwhile.