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The Dean talks at the 2020 BSIS virtual symposium about the SEB LU’s impact on society

08.05.2020Comments are closed.

The impact of business schools according to the BSIS (Business School Impact System) enables an assessment of a school’s influence on its local environment. The assessment of business schools’ impact on their local environment under the BSIS system, which the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana completed in 2018, confirms the School’s remarkable impact on its narrow and broader environment. This year, given the Covid-19 situation, the BSIS symposium was conducted online, with ten seminars from 9 April to 12 May.

On the invitation of Michel Kalik, Director of the BSIS, the Dean Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič, together with Prof. Paul Beaulieu, a representative of the ESG-UQÀM from Canada, and Prof. Nimisha Singh, a representative of the Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) from India, discussed the impact business schools have on society.

As one of the speakers at the 2020 BSIS virtual symposium, the Dean Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič talked about the SEB LU’s social influence on Slovenia. She presented the School’s activities which have a positive impact on society, including the energy-saving renovation that has considerably reduced the School’s carbon footprint, the commitment to the fight against climate change also by installing two beehives, as well as the large number of study courses that acquaint students with content related to ethics, social responsibility and sustainable development. She also highlighted the strong social impact of the SEB LU and its individuals during the current corona crisis.

In answer to the question of how the SEB LU defines the areas of its impact, the Dean first pointed out the educational impact since the quality of the education process at the SEB LU has been acknowledged with recognitions of excellence from international associations. The next is the School’s contribution to science due to its focus on influential research work. All of the above allows the conclusion that the School has an exceptional impact on society as a whole.

The Canadian Prof. Paul Beaulieu presented an interesting view on how business schools evolve, today progressing from the phase of educating responsible citizens to a proactive phase in which business schools are increasingly committed to activities which have an impact on society, while also coping with the challenges of how to measure their social impact.

In the framework of the cooperation agreement between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE, the BSIS process is available as a service to EFMD members around the world. In 2018, the SEB LU assessed its impact on society according to the BSIS methodology for the first time and thereby became a renowned member of the BSIS.

For more information about BSIS, visit the BSIS website or contact: bsis@efmdglobal.org.

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