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"We believe that there are many areas where we can explore and interact in the interest of international cooperation in the XXI century. We will advance business school education on a global basis by encouraging the mutually beneficial collaboration among member institutions. We, therefore, have come to the conclusion that we shall use our efforts to establish THE ALLIANCE ON BUSINESS EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP FOR TOMORROW, a 21st century organization."

The mission of ABEST21 is to advance education in business schools on a global basis by encouraging the mutual cooperation among its member institutions. This mission can be accomplished through the following goals:

  1. Sharing the information on curricular and teaching materials among member institutions.
  2. Promoting joint research projects, joint courses, international symposium and global classroom opportunities.
  3. Providing advice and coordination for the member institutions in the research activities and encouraging the members to continually strive to advance the global business education.
  4. Facilitating the continuous improvement of the business education through accreditation.

As social institutions, universities are eminently international in character. This follows from their historical roots, as well as from the routine activities and educational and research functions performed by the universities today. The university (derived from the Latin universitas) is said to be a European invention of the Middle Ages. The "closest word" which approximates the concept of the university is "studium generale" which connotes "a gathering place of students from all parts and regions." It follows that the principal raison d’être for the modern university is the pursuit of universal knowledge and values and instruction in the same. Such knowledge and values cannot be based on the peculiar cultural aspects of one's own country. Rather, they are related to universal truths and scientific laws which transcend all national boundaries. The implication of this fact is that universities cannot be separated from the "international" context.

In the age of increasing globalization, it is a great challenge for faculties to create and maintain first-class educational programs in economics and management. Faculty members who are qualified to teach subjects in contemporary management theory and practice are scarce indeed. Meanwhile, demand for other resources is both intensifying and changing rapidly. No single institution can recruit, develop or retain all the resources required to cover every aspect of economics and management education. We, with our diverse strengths and unique abilities, have to collaborate and work together to make most of our complementary resources on a global scale. The rapid advancement of information technology has created new avenues by which, as a network of faculties, we may cooperate to compete beyond our own national borders.

Thus in order to globalize the educational and research environment, a "platform" needs to be established to nurture human resources who can "coexist" with others from different cultural and social backgrounds, within the "diversified and different" society. Such step cannot be taken if we see this world as a round and closed space. When nurturing world-class management professionals, a school campus full of different people can be seen as a "platform", and fostering students who can coexist within this "platform" becomes one of the goals of the education. To build such platforms, cooperation among universities across the globe is essential. Needless to say, quality assurance of education is a prerequisite for such cooperation.

Based upon collaboration of ABEST21 member institutions, we are able to establish the Global Knowledge Network and create a framework to implement our Inter-university Exchange Program "Nurturing Global Leaders for Sustainable Development of Asia". Moreover, the Global Knowledge Network will provide an opportunity for member institutions to change from a "round closed space" to a "place of co-existence with different people" concept, in harmony with the diverse Asian cultures.

ABEST21 has built ABEST21 Global Knowledge Network as a partnership network for member schools. The Network aims to promote mobility among students and faculty of the member schools, to develop an educational and research environment where students and faculty with various values in Asia can coexist. To realize such partnership, quality assurance of education at member schools is indispensable. Without education quality assurance of partner educational institutions, it is impossible to create a global educational and research environment. ABEST21 Global Knowledge Network is linked by education quality assurance based on "Peer Review", and it is a network which contributes to "creating an educational and research environment that meets the needs of globalization". It is for this mission that ABEST21 develops its quality assurance activities on international basis.

Professional graduate schools and companies share the common mission to nurture management professionals. Therefore it is ideal to work toward this goal together. In reality, however, there are gaps between the ideal human resources and competencies for both parties. Thus it is necessary to build trust between schools and companies to respect each other's education and training and supplement each other to add strength in nurturing of management professionals. For this purpose, here are the issues which need to be examined :

  1. Development of educational programs at professional graduate schools to meet the various needs of the industrial society.
  2. Development of teaching methods to meet the various corporate needs.
  3. Expansion of company research opportunities required for management education.
  4. Feedback system to school concerning working students’ learning outcome observed by companies.

Nonetheless, industry-academia cooperation for nurturing of management professionals must not be a one-way collaboration; for continuous cooperation, it must bring benefits to both parties. Fostering human resources is not about one-shot support. This is why realistic and sustainable industry-academia cooperation creating win-win relationship is desirable.

Government also has important roles in encouraging and strengthening the links between industry and academia. Policies, incentives, grants, and facilities are some of many initiatives of how government could promote industry-academia interactions to bring huge opportunities and advantages for the multilateral relationship.

The rectors and deans forum aims to facilitate and encourage the collaboration among industry, academia, and government in promoting student mobility and nurturing global management professionals. Therefore, rectors and deans of ABEST21 members are invited to participate and contribute in this significant forum that will launch not only memorandum of understanding but also implementable actions plans that will be stated in memorandum of agreement.

2 - 3 November 2018

Labtek XIV Building : Freeport Indonesia Business Research Center

No Time Duration Activity Speaker Venue
1 07:30 - 08:00 30 minutes Registration Lobby 1st Floor
2 08:00 - 08:05 5 minutes Opening Remarks Professor Emeritus Dr. Fumio Itoh
President and CEO of ABEST21 International
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
08:05 - 08:55 50 minutes Welcoming Speech
Rector ITB : Global Management Professionals towards Entrepreneurial University
Professor Dr. Ir. Kadarsah Suryadi
Rector, Insitut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
3 08:55 - 10:00 15 minutes Introductory Speech Professor Emeritus Dr. Fumio Itoh
President and CEO of ABEST21 International
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
4 10:00 - 11:00 1 hour Keynote Speech-1
Role of Universities in Nurturing Global Management Professionals
Minister Professor Dr. Mohamad Nasir
The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
5 11:00 - 11:30 30 minutes Signing Statement + Photo Session + Press Conference + Coffee Break Rector ITB, Dean SBM, President Itoh, Indonesian Minister, Embassy of Japan, Vice President of ABEST21 International Classroom 2507 5th Floor
6 11:30 - 13:30 2 hours Break (Jum'at Prayer + Lunch)
7 13:30 - 13:40 10 minutes Guest Speech First Secretary (Education) Keiichi Yamaguchi
Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
8 13:40 - 16:00 2 hours and 20 minutes Special Speeches Professor Dr. Kayo Inaba
Executive Vice President, Kyoto University, Japan

Dato’ Professor Dr. Daing Mohd Nasir Bin Daing Ibrahim
Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Mohammad Nasih
Rector, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
9 16:00 - 16:10 10 minutes Break Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
10 16:10 - 17:40 1 hour and 30 minutes Case Reports Professor Dr. AAhad Osman Gani
Dean, Graduate School of Management, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Rapeeporn Srijumpa
Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Thailand
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
11 17:40 - 18:00 20 minutes Break
12 18:00 - 21:00 3 hours Refreshment at Sierra Café & Lounge Bandung Sierra Café & Lounge
No Time Duration Activity Speaker Venue
1 08:00 - 08:30 30 minutes Registration Lobby 1st Floor
2 08:30 - 09:20 50 minutes Special Speech-6
Indonesian Industrial Sharing : Global Management Professionals in Digital Era
CEO of, Indonesia Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
3 09:20 - 10:10 50 minutes Sharing Session and Opening to Small Group Discussions Prof. Dr. Sudarso Kaderi Wiryono
Dean, School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
4 09:40 - 10:30 1 hour and 20 minutes Parallel Small Group Discussions:
Group 1 : Curriculum Development to Enhance Student Mobility
Academic, Industry, and Government Participants Meeting Room 3rd Floor
09:40 - 10:30 1 hour and 20 minutes Group 2 : Internationalization of Business School : Faculty Exchange and Joint Research Meeting Room 4th Floor
10:10 - 11:30 1 hour and 20 minutes Group 3 : Industrial Collaboration to Support Student Global Professionals Experience Room 2302 3rd Floor
10:10 - 11:30 1 hour and 20 minutes Group 4 : Role of ABEST21 to Accelerate Business School Education Quality Room 2303 3rd Floor
5 11:30 - 12:30 1 hour Break (Prayer+Lunch) Lounge 6th Floor
6 12:30 - 14:30 2 hours Final Presentation Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
7 14:30 - 14:45 15 minutes Launching “The Council for Nurturing Global Management Professionals”
Signing “Student Mobility Partnership”
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor
8 14:45 - 15:00 15 minutes Closing Remarks Professor Dr. Candra Fajri Ananda, Vice President of ABEST21 International
Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
Nemangkawi Room 6th Floor


ABEST21 and School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Supporting Organization

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

The Commemoration Project

The 60th Anniversary of Japan-Indonesia Diplomatic Relations Steering Committee

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