May 16, 2016—Swiss biopharmaceutical company Debiopharm Group (Debiopharm) is donating several million Swiss francs over the next 15 years to IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, to create a Debiopharm Chair in Family Philanthropy. The purpose of the the Debiopharm Chair is to increase the social and financial impact of family giving and to develop best practices in family philanthropy. The chair will strengthen IMD’s teaching and research, and increase its broader knowledge, in family philanthropy.
April 28, 2016—The Islamic Relief Academy and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), together with the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, are developing a Certified Expert in Islamic Microfinance (CEIM) e-learning certification course as a joint development between the IRW Islamic Microfinance Business Unit (IMBU) and Frankfurt School. The six-month course will be available on Frankfurt School’s LinkEd e-learning platform and will launch in September.
April 28, 2016—Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is partnering with Western Kentucky University to bring a production-level brewing system to the university campus. The brewery will create WKU student internship opportunities as well as contribute to new undergraduate and graduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences, combining expertise from the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, the Potter College of Arts & Letters, and the Gordon Ford College of Business. The programs are set to start this summer.
April 27, 2016—The Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany is partnering with the Islamic Relief Academy and Islamic Relief Worldwide to develop an online certification course in Islamic microfinance. The course will cover the technical aspects of retail banking as well as the ethics of Islamic finance and various issues in compliance and regulation.
April 12, 2016—The American University in Cairo (AUC) recently announced a new five-year partnership with General Electric (GE), through which GE will sponsor AUC Venture Lab (V-Lab), a university-based incubator in Egypt that aims to commercialize technologies and innovations developed by Egypt-based startups into commercially viable ventures. Under the five-year agreement, GE will sponsor two acceleration cycles per year, including training and workshops, competitions between startups, and boot camps. On average, each acceleration cycle incubates between eight to ten startups for a period of four months. The AUC V-Lab has also announced the incubation of ten new startups in the sixth cycle of a three-year partnership with the Arab African International Bank. Over the next three years, the partnership between AUC V-Lab and AAIB will create a new track at V-Lab to support e-commerce startups.
April 12, 2016—Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) and emlyon business school are creating an alliance named Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School. Centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, growth, and new business, the alliance combines the academic excellence of both schools and their high level of internationalization. The alliance will begin joining forces in September.
March 17, 2016—The Organization of American States (OAS) and La Rochelle Business School in France have signed an agreement aimed at developing tourism projects between France and the Americas. The principle aspects of this partnership will include work placement projects as well as humanitarian and civic projects carried out by the school’s students in the Americas. The partnership will also involve research projects to help the development of OAS Member States, such as the improvement of accessibility to tourism for those with disabilities, or even helping develop tourism skills in Latin America.
March 14, 2016—Starr Companies, a global insurance and investment organization, and SunTrust Banks, Inc., a national financial services company, have become the inaugural business partners for the Institute for Insight at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The Institute for Insight aims to bring students and institutions together to explore new business opportunities that leverage the insight that can be drawn from big data analytics. Through their partnership with the Robinson College, Starr Companies and SunTrust will have access to Robinson’s tools, talent, and resources to help create and test business innovations using big data analytics.