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Asian Management Conclave | March 12-13 | Singapore

February 2015

Press Note

With a number as high as 8,500, Asia hosts 55 percent of business schools in the world. Despite this huge number, Asian b-schools are lagging behind on vital parameters like international accreditation, media rankings, research rankings, and internationalization of faculty and students. For instance, less than 10 percent of the more than 700 AACSB-accredited b-schools are in Asia.

However, Asia is rising! In the next two decades, pundits expect Asia to be at the center of global social and economic order. The National Intelligence Council projects on CNN.com, “In a tectonic shift, by 2030, Asia will have surpassed North America and Europe combined in terms of Global Power, based upon GDP, population size, military spending, and technological investment.” This massive shift will create unprecedented opportunities for Asian business schools to participate in the Asian way of conducting business and management. However, the question is, are Asian b-schools ready for this exceptional opportunity?

To help improve Asian b-schools in their journey to compete globally, MBAUniverse.com, the think-tank and network of Asian b-schools, is organizing the Asian Management Conclave (AMC), the Pan-Asian management education platform, in Singapore on March 12-13, 2015. The theme of the meeting is “Management Education in Asia: Strategies to Leapfrog.” AMC is partnered with and hosted by Singapore Management University and supported by AACSB International.

The AMC conference will be addressed by presidents and deans from leading Asian b-schools including Dr. Jitendra V. Singh, dean of the School of Business and Management at HKUST, Hong Kong; Dr. Steven J. DeKrey, president of the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines; Dr. Lin Zhou, dean of Antai College at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Dr. Dipak C. Jain, director of SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Dr. Arfah Salleh, president and CEO of Putra Business School, Malaysia; and Dr. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, director of IIM Indore, India.

Many global management education thought leaders, including Dr. Sunil Kumar, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Dr. Tarun Khanna, professor at Harvard Business School, USA, will also address AMC 2015.

Outlining the conclave objectives, Amit Agnihotri (pictured), convener of the Asian Management Conclave and founder of MBAUniverse.com, says, "Asia is poised to reclaim its lost glory. Asian B-schools must leverage this opportunity to put their b-schools and Asian management education, on the Global Map. AMC is the platform and catalyst in their journey."

"Asia’s unprecedented growth is perhaps the most successful story of economic development in recent times. At the Singapore Management University, we recognize this trend. We are, therefore, pleased to jointly organize the inaugural Asian Management Conclave in Singapore with MBAUniverse.com,” says Dr. Rajendra Srivastava, provost and deputy president of Singapore Management University.

One of the key highlights of AMC 2015 is the launch of the “Doing Business in Asia” curriculum development project. Under the aegis of AMC, leading Asian b-schools from China, Japan, India, Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia will develop this unique curriculum, focusing on their respective countries. The curriculum will be available to b-schools around the world via AsianManagementConclave.com.

Leaders from more than 50 leading Asian b-schools will attend AMC in Singapore. AMC is an ideal platform for the deans and heads of international alliances of global business schools seeking to learn more about Asian business and management and to engage with their Asian counterparts. More updates and registration details are available at AsianManagementConclave.com.

AMC receives support from leading global organizations, including AACSB International, EFMD, Bloomberg, GMAC, and Harvard Business Publishing.