Over the summer, Lehigh became the 19th member of the Network of International Business & Economics Schools (NIBES), an association of business programs spanning five continents and 16 countries.
Lehigh’s College of Business & Economics joins Brigham Young University as the only U.S. programs participating in NIBES.
The 10-year-old global network is designed to promote collaboration between partnering institutions, essentially serving as a forum to discuss both problems and opportunities facing today’s business schools.
“The association is really about global synergy,” said Mary Theresa Taglang, director of graduate programs with the College of Business and Economics. “This network provides a great opportunity to learn how other business schools have adapted to the changing roles of business education.”
At the heart of NIBES are its exchange programs, both for students and faculty. The network also offers its members joint research and academic programs, as well as the opportunity to explore field-based educational opportunities.
Lehigh will also be able to tap into corporate partnerships already established by the other 19 business schools.
“The NIBES network is a good match for a research institution like Lehigh,” added Tom Hyclak, interim dean with Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics. “Our faculty now has yet another avenue available to them to pursue and collaborate with our global colleagues on a variety of international research and economic development initiatives.”
Membership with NIBES resulted from Lehigh’s growing relationship with Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management (ESCEM), a respected school of business and management in Tours, France. As are many of the NIBES members, ESCEM is an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited program.
Each of NIBES’ 19 members must be accredited by either AACSB or the European Quality Improvement System, an improvement and certification system applied to the quality of business schools throughout Europe.