Dubai Women’s College recently hosted the 2011 International Council of Business Schools and Programs/Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Region 8 Annual (ACBSP) Conference at its Dubai campus .
Over 140 academics from the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as sponsors and ACBSP staff discussed issues related to the conference theme of “Sustaining Excellence through Quality Business Education”.
The conference, an annual event held in a different country each year, included keynote addresses, scholarly presentations, accreditation workshops, roundtable discussions and a host of social gatherings aimed to highlight Dubai’s many attractions and charms.
Key individuals speaking at the conference included Mr. Amar Shams, Regional Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Bank, Middle East Limited; Mr. Nasif Kayed, General Manager, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU); Dr. Deniz Saral, Webster University – Geneva, President-Elect for the ICBSP/ACBSP Region 8, Mr. Douglas Viehland, Executive Director of ACBSP and Dr. Vasilis Botopolous, Chancellor University of Indianapolis Athens and a member of the ACBSP Board of Directors.
The conference was held in cooperation with Dubai Men’s College, Peregrine Academic Services, Pearson Education, McGraw Hill Education and Wiley Higher Education. Without these key sponsors the conference would not have been possible and their presence at the event ensured that the attendees have access to the latest in educational testing services, educational literature and educational course delivery software systems.
DWC business faculty members Dr. Sudipa Majumdar and Dr. Damodharan Varadarajan won the 2011 ACBSP Region 8 “Best of Region Presentation” Award. Their presentation was scholarly, innovative and on theme. As the “Best of Region 8” Presentation winners they were automatically been invited to present at the 2011 Annual ACBSP Conference in Baltimore this June.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.
The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching.
Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a balance between teaching and research. ACBSP also encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
The International Council of Business Schools and Programs is a regional division ( Region 8 ) of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs representing member institutions located outside the United States not otherwise designated to another region (USA, India or South America).
The mission of the ACBSP is to establish, promote and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and, through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards. HCT is the largest accredited school in ACBSP Region 8. In all, ACBSP has close to 1000 member institutions, of which over 600 are accredited and of which 92 are in Region 8.
The Higher Colleges of Technology, including Dubai Women’s College and Dubai Men’s College, have been proud to have their business programs accredited by ACBSP for over 14 years and HCT is a major contributor to ACBSP activities in the Region and internationally. In fact, HCT supports ACBSP activities in a number of different ways.