The Estonian Business School, based in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, is celebrating the election of its rector, Madis Habakuk, to the European Foundation for Management Development’s board of trustees, writes Kester Eddy.

Prof Habakuk is the first representative from the Baltic states to serve on the Brussels-based management education association’s board. His appointment signifies an increasing recognition of the progress and experience of schools and business in the former communist bloc, says Nicola Hijlkema, EBS head of international relations.

“Estonia is a small, former Soviet republic, [yet] it is now one of the most innovative and dynamic countries in the European Union,” says Prof Hijlkema.

Founded by Prof Habakuk in 1988, EBS lays claim to being the oldest private business school in the Baltics. It has been an active member of EFMD for more than a decade.

“I hope to contribute to EFMD’s objective of encouraging improvements to business education in the world, drawing from my experience of creating
and developing the first private business school in a former planned economy,” Prof Habakuk says. He emphasises the need for recognition of cultural diversity and its implications in management education.

EBS has university status, and close to 2,000 students.

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