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Lomonosov MU BS is one of the co-founders of ABEST21 — The Alliance for Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow at the 21st century. ABEST21, inspired by Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation enthusiasm, was created to advance business and management education on a global basis by encouraging cooperation among its member institutions.

ABEST ’s mission will initially achieve its objectives by providing:

  • Shared information on curricular and teaching materials, supporting joint research projects, international symposia and student exchanges;
  • Advice on creating a framework for joint research activities and strategies to promote cooperative efforts to enhance global business and management education;
  • A framework for internationally accepted accreditation processes.

ABEST21 unites more than 30 leading business schools from around the world.

EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development)

Lomonosov MU BS is a member of EFMD — an international membership organization, based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 650 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 75 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.

BMDA (Baltic Management Development Association)

Carrying out the idea to create a regional management development network, initiated by Universities, Business schools, individual professors and business professionals from the Baltic countries, the Baltic Management Development Association (BMDA) was found at the end of 2002. From the very beginning the Association started to induce the quality of management development in the Baltic region and beyond through promoting research, offering educational services and networking opportunities for management development institutions and business enterprises.

Bridging East and West — became the main motto of (BMDA). By establishing a virtual bridge between East and West Management schools, especially taking into account enriching nature of collaboration of different scientific cultures, BMDA provides a unique opportunity for it’s members to share the experience of transformation, rapid growth and managing organisations for stabilisation, that is the main feature of the New EU Member states including Baltic Countries economy and management challenges. The focus on Baltic region management development is also well kept.

BMDA currently unites more than 60 members from 21 country — Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Republic of Kazakhstan, Malaysia, USA.

CEEMAN (The Central and East European Management Development Association)

CEEMAN is an international management development association established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth in quality of management development in central and eastern Europe. It is a global network of management development institutions interested in quality of education and innovations in this field, as well as in the broad area of subjects related to change. CEEMAN has expanded to include 200 institutional and individual members from 50 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

CEEMAN’s objectives

  • To improve the quality of management and leadership development in general and in countries undergoing transition and dynamic change in particular
  • To provide a network and meeting place for management schools and other management development institutions in order to promote and facilitate cooperation and the exchange of experience
  • To provide a platform for dialogue, mutual cooperation and learning between management development institutions and businesses that are operating in the context of transition and dynamic change
  • To promote leadership for change, global competitiveness and social responsibility, innovation and creativity, and respect for cultural values
  • To represent the interests of its members in other constituencies

Main activities

  • International conferences
  • Educational programs to strengthen teaching, management, and leadership capabilities in management schools
  • Case writing support
  • International research
  • Publishing
  • International quality accreditation of business schools

PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education)

The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.
The PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption was created at the end of 2008 by a group of business schools committed to integrated issues raised by the UN Global Compact Tenth Anti‐Corruption Principle into the business curriculum. Today, within the broader framework of PRME, the group involves over 30 academic institutions and its work is divided among core discipline subgroups (economics, ethics, law, management, behavior, politics) to develop a ten module management education curriculum.

Principle 1 | Purpose: We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
Principle 2 | Values: We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.
Principle 3 | Method: We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
Principle 4 | Research: We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.
Principle 5 | Partnership: We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.
Principle 6 | Dialogue: We will facilitate and support dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

Current PRME Working Groups

·         PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption in Curriculum Change
·         PRME Working Group on Gender Equality
·         PRME Working Group on Poverty, a Challenge for Management Education
·         PRME Working Group on Sharing Information on Progress (SIPs)
·         PRME Working Group on Sustainable Leadership in the Era of Climate Change (this group is currently inactive)
·         PRME Working Group on the Incorporation of the Principles in Executive Degree Programs (has fulfilled its mission and is no longer active)
·         Working Group 50+20 – Management Education for the World Joint Project


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MSU BS Master programme awarded with international ABEST21 accreditation
On March 3, 2016, at the annual conference of the Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st century organisation (ABEST21), which took place at Sony University in Tokyo, President Fumio Itoh granted the Master programme accreditation certificate to Dean Professor Dr. Oleg S. Vikhanskiy.

Lomonosov MSU BS is named again one of the Top 100 business schools in the world
In 2015 Lomonosov MSU BS entered again the Top 100 business schools in the world and confirmed its status of the UNIVERSAL BUSINESS SCHOOL having received the EdUniversal “5 palmes” award.

Principles of Responsible Management Education: MSUBS faculty members participate in the 1st PRME Regional Meeting CEE
PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education under the UN Global Agreement) Chapter CEE held its 1st regional meeting at RISEBA University (Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration) in Riga, Latvia, on April 18-19, 2016.

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