Universitas 21 Global, an online graduate school, has appointed John Spinks on secondment as executive director, U21 Liaison.

He will work to maintain the school’s blended form of learning and will help the 16 universities that support it to develop online academic programmes that can be offered through Universitas 21 Global.

He will also strengthen the exchange of information and sharing of resources on the global network.

Prof Spinks is director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Hong Kong and a council member of the Open University of Hong Kong.


Partners for Cems

Cems, the Community of European Management Schools and international companies, has welcomed three leading multinationals as corporate partners.

Nestlé, Eni International Resources and LVMH will help the alliance of 17 European business schools and 44 corporations to build bridges between business and education.

“We strongly believe in the importance of putting industries and the academic world around the table to design such an educational programme,” says Chantal Gaemperle, head of management development and sourcing at Nestlé.


Dean at Vanderbilt

James Bradford, who has been acting dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management since last June, has been formally appointed to the role.

Prof Bradford has a decade of experience as president and chief executive of two international glass companies. Since he has taken on the role, the Nashville school has announced the development of a new healthcare MBA.


Alliance’s first course

The Alliance for Business Education has launched its first programme. An International Master in Management that will be taught at all four sites of the partnership schools.

It is the fruit of the alliance of Audencia Nantes School of Management, Eada in Barcelona, University of Bradford School of Management in the UK and KLKAEM in Warsaw.

The IMM begins in September and is aimed at graduates with no professional experience.

The degree is awarded by the student’s recruiting school with a joint diploma from the other three schools.

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