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The UK’s Association of Business Schools (ABS), which represents all UK business schools, has announced its first major overseas alliance, signing a membership and research deal with the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools. The AAPBS represents business schools in 15 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore.
The alliance follows years of cross-continent partnerships forged by individual business schools, most notably with institutions in China. “Asia is the largest and most populous of the continents and has grown faster than any other region of the world,” says Angus Laing, Chairman of the ABS. “This, twinned with the globalisation of business and management education, is a powerful combination. This development will ensure that the UK and Asia have a closer bond that the business and management community will benefit from accordingly, as well as providing us with an unrivalled opportunity to develop new ways of working”.
The two associations combined represent nearly 300 business schools and more than 500,000 business and management students. Hirokazu Kono, president of the AAPBS, and dean of Keio Business School in Tokyo, described the alliance as “a significant step forward to a firmer bridge between the United Kingdom and Asia-Pacific in the area of business research and education.
“AAPBS member schools need to elaborate on our own research on business systems in the Asia-Pacific region,” he says. “At the same time, there are a lot to learn from the management ways of the United Kingdom, which is one of the countries with the longest and most prestigious history in the world.”