AACSB International recognizes the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business for Innovation in Leadership Development

April 18, 2018 - For the second consecutive year, AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – has recognized Gustavson among 30 global institutions who are defining what it means to lead in the face of uncertainty, and cultivating that winning skillset in the next generation of business leaders. 

The third annual Innovations That Inspire challenge recognizes institutions from 16 countries around the world serving as champions of change in the business education landscape, with a specific focus on innovation in leadership development – a key pillar of the accreditation process, and one of five opportunities identified in the AACSB’s Collective Vision for business education. 

Gustavson was recognized for its development of a tailored MBA program for TELUS, offered through the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School. The program is for credit, and maintains the academic rigour and the foundation business courses that mark Gustavson’s regular MBA programs and pairs them with industry-specific content and applied projects that allow students to apply their learning in real time. The program that was launched in 2016 welcomed a second cohort in the fall of 2017. The inaugural cohort will graduate this spring.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive global recognition for our customized MBA for TELUS,” says Dr. Saul Klein, Dean of the Gustavson School of Business. “Since launching the program we’ve seen first-hand how deep and powerful the impact has been for TELUS and the MBA students. It’s wonderful to be recognized for reimagining traditional education and developing creative learning solutions, as we continue to redefine management education for a changing world.”

“The TELUS MBA has exceeded our wildest expectations,” says Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner of TELUS. “To realize economies of scale and a return on investment is fantastic. But to witness the incredible transformation of team members in parallel with the significant impact they have created across the entire TELUS organization is a testament to the unique value, creativity and dedication that the Gustavson School delivered.”

In response to rapid global change, business schools are no longer educating students about the ways of the world, they are educating them for a world that does not yet exist. Bold and innovative approaches to leadership development are key to their success.

“The biggest risk to business schools is not the rapid pace of change. It is in failing to prepare the next generation of business leaders to cope with that change,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “Through its best-in-class leadership development program, the MBA for TELUS at the Gustavson School of Business is ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow will be ready for whatever lies ahead.”

Contact: Krista Boehnert (Associate Director, External Relations, Gustavson School of Business) 250-721-6630 or  boehnert@uvic.ca