Timothy Mescon - Executive Vice President and Chief Officer - AACSB International
«At AACSB we proudly accredit schools offering degree programs in many different languages. We have no expectation of English language program delivery, and this is as it should be. The fact that we now have close to 1,600 educational member schools in 100 countries and territories reflects the enormous diversity of our reach.
It is clear, however, that many schools globally are embracing English language modules, courses, and programs as a means to grow international enrollment. At the University of Ljubljana Business School in Slovenia, Dean Metka Tekavčič and her team have pioneered a summer international business school for close to two decades that now attracts nearly 700 international students for business courses in English, delivered by dozens of international faculty. The program represents a conduit through which many of these summer students return to the university and the business school for graduate study in future years.
The same is now true at RANEPA in Moscow, one of Russia’s largest universities where the faculty of its Institute of Business Studies, led by the school’s vice rector and dean, Sergey Myasaedov, operate a summer school in Kazan that gives hundreds of students a wonderful taste of Russia and the prospect of returning for graduate study.
Students and their families show remarkable resiliency and flexibility in international study. While many factors influence university and business school selection decisions, students tend to migrate to where they are encouraged, embraced, and supported. We will see dramatically increasing numbers of international students in the years to come, and those students represent diversity, inclusiveness, and economic impact for schools anxious to include them in their bachelor’s and master’s programs».