The UBBS reaches out to a large number of stakeholder groups including secondary education providers, civic bodies, business-related organisations, professional bodies and various accrediting agencies. The school has recently been assessed by EFMD Global Network’s Business School Impact System (BSIS) and received the BSIS label for demonstrating with well-documented evidence their impact on the local environment.
The school’s educational mission emphasises resolutely the “reflective practice-based learning” in which students are constantly required to work on projects in mixed discipline groups and to adapt their theory-based knowledge to the world of work.
Michel Kalika, the BSIS co-Director, added: “We would like to highlight the school’s contribution to the attractiveness of the impact zone for local SMEs as well as national companies and their overriding concern for the employability of their students.”
With close to 4 000 alumni working within the region, the school plays an active role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region and there is an impressive virtuous circle between company relationships and researchers.
“UBBS has an excellent story to tell as regards its societal impact, thanks largely to the intellectual impact of its research and the commitment of a group of professors to take the outputs both into the community and into the learning experience of the students,” concluded Michel Kalika.
Debra Leighton, the Executive Dean of the University of Bedfordshire Business School remarked: “We are delighted to be leading the way for other UK Business Schools to evidence their impact on the world around them through the BSIS tool. BSIS has helped us focus on those strategic priorities that create impact across the communities we serve and we look forward to sharing our BSIS journey over the next three years with the EFMD business school network.”
About the Business School Impact System
The Business School Impact System (BSIS) scheme is designed to determine the extent of a school’s impact upon its local environment – the city or region in which it is located. The BSIS process is offered in a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.