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Kozminski University, founded in 1993, is a private and autonomous institution of higher education located in Warsaw, Poland. Recently, it has gone through the Business School Impact System (BSIS), being the first school to be assessed online due to the restrictions posed by the pandemic.

Michel Kalika, Director, BSIS, said: “We’re delighted to have the Kozminski University undergo the BSIS process as the first higher education institution in Poland, demonstrating its open-mindedness and flexibility. After the peer review visit, the BSIS expert team received the ‘Kozminski University vs COVID-19’ report, which is an excellent representation of the school’s actions during the crisis. The school has shown once again that is very responsive and has undertaken many activities to help the community and economy during the crisis.”

“BSIS is an amazing tool which gives us the possibility to see the most important – what is the impact of our business school on reality – on our stakeholders, the environment, the society. BSIS has multi-faceted value and we plan to use it on both the operational and strategic levels,” said Grzegorz Mazurek, Rector Elect of Kozminski University. “Now it is also easier to communicate to our stakeholders what is the real impact of Kozminski University on the socio-economic ecosystem. We are truly excited about how BSIS has already changed the perspective of many of our activities – simultaneously creating huge engagement of KU community, especially in COVID-19 times,” he added.

The institution is the leading school in their impact zone and remains successful in encouraging young, ambitious graduates to stay and develop the city and region. The school is equally attractive for international students, who are supported by various initiatives, mechanisms and offices in the school.

The school has been the first one in Poland to implement innovative and cutting-edge activities such as the introduction of the first MBA programme in the country and entering the Positive Impact Ranking as one of 30 business schools in the world and the only one from Poland. The rating was announced on 22 January during the World Economic Forum in Davos. It aims to show the universities which in their mission and daily activities are guided by sustainable development and positive impact on society and the environment.

Kozminski University has a strong influence on public authorities, policymakers and other higher education institutions. Its graduates enjoy a high employability rate, also thanks to the school’s good relations with companies offering internships, short missions, and transfer of knowledge with the business sector.

“Creating impact and value has always been part of KU goals and BSIS helped us to better understand its various dimensions. Thanks to BSIS, we can manage our activities more efficiently and include it across all levels of the University,” commented Anna M. Górska, Kozminski University BSIS coordinator.

Witold Bielecki, Rector of Kozminski University, concluded: “We have been trying to find a BSIS type tool for a long time. We lacked a tool that would allow us to quickly assess the impact of KU on the environment during various surveys and for making some important decisions. BSIS meets our expectations with a surplus.”

About BSIS

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. The impact of the Business School is analysed on the basis of the following seven areas of impact: financial, educational, business development impact as well as intellectual, societal, image and impact within the regional ecosystem.

There are currently 50 schools across 17 countries that received the BSIS label.

To learn more about the impact assessment system, please visit the BSIS website or contact bsis@efmdglobal.org.

Do you wonder how the impact system reflects the societal and economic changes and responds to them? What kind of impact does it have on the business schools who decide to go through the system? Learn more in the latest article “BSIS: A Journey of Self-Discovery” written by the co-founders of BSIS.

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