New Centers and Facilities

Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey in the U.K. has launched a Centre for Management Learning.      ...view all

Week of July 17, 2017
Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey in the U.K. has launched a Centre for Management Learning. Designed in response to economic, political, technological, and societal events shaping today's business world, the center aims to prepare students to lead in a constantly changing workforce.

The School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh has opened a Center for Cybersecurity and Technology to provide students with hands-on experience. The interdisciplinary venture involves the business school’s management information systems and analytics department and SUNY’s computer science department in the School of Arts and Sciences. The center also will conduct an outreach program that will encourage high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity by engaging them in projects with their college peers.

Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, home of the Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas, has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn the certification, a building must satisfy rigorous standards that address its environmental impact. The Foster Campus includes environmentally friendly features such as a solar-reflective roof, dimmable LED lighting, natural lighting for all interior offices, and sustainable landscaping and irrigation systems that increase water efficiency.

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington has established a new Center for Coaching Excellence and Personal Leadership to offer personalized executive coaching to business professionals. The center draws upon resources from across the school, including a dozen professional staff and faculty members who will undergo training and certification from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation. Services will be offered through Kelley Executive Partners, the school’s executive education arm.

In April, ESSEC Business School based in Cergy-Pontoise, France, opened its ESSEC Africa-Atlantic campus in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Starting in September, the campus, which will act as a hub for ESSEC on the African continent, will welcome students from the school’s Global BBA, MSc in Management, and executive education programs. The school also plans to develop an incubator on the new site to support the local entrepreneurial community, as well as partner with institutions such as the International University of Rabat and Ecole Centrale in Casablanca.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. has invested US$2.75 million to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Created with the collaboration of the company, the College of Engineering, and the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the center will be an interdisciplinary space where teams of students from business, engineering, and computer science will devise solutions to problems related to supply chain management. These teams will work jointly with business researchers and J.B. Hunt employees.

Late this fall, Clemson University’s College of Business will break ground on the construction of a US$87 million, 170,000-square-foot, five-story building that will nearly double the space for business education at the university. The new structure will feature two towers connected by an outdoor stairway, atrium, classrooms and shared learning spaces, and faculty and staff offices. LMN Architects of Seattle is collaborating with South Carolina-based LS3P, the architecture firm leading the project. The school will break ground on the building this fall and expects it to be ready for occupancy in early 2020.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has provided a US$5 million grant to Long Island University in Brookville, New York, to create the LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. This spring, the school held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of Phase I of the project, a 3,935-square-foot renovated space in its Bush-Brown Hall. Through the institute, LIU will connect its on-campus incubators for startups and support LIU-iQ Consulting, its student consulting service. In Phase II of the project, the university will add an additional 12,000 square feet of incubator space.


Week of May 8, 2017
The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque recently broke ground on the new McKinnon Center for Management. The US$25 million, 61,000-square-foot facility will feature teaching spaces, conference areas, open-use study areas, three labs, and advising and career services centers. A $5 million donation from Ian McKinnon and his wife, Sonnet, helped bring the project to fruition. The center is scheduled to open in 2018.