Centers and Facilities

The National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has launched a Social Innovation Lab with support of the telecom SMART Axiata. ...View all

The National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has launched a Social Innovation Lab with support of the telecom SMART Axiata. The lab will be part of the South-East Asian Social Innovation Network (SEASIN). The NUM Social Innovation Lab will include space for presentations, interactive workshops, and a maker lab intended for use by NUM students and the local social enterprise community. It also will support an incubator for new social ventures.

IÉSEG School of Management in Paris has launched its Center of Excellence for Intercultural Engagement (ICIE), which focuses on intercultural dynamics in organizations and the development of intercultural competencies. The center plans to pursue interdisciplinary research in areas such as management, marketing, and finance, and develop intercultural competencies for students and staff.

Kent State University in Ohio is reviewing plans for a proposed new building for the College of Business Administration. The new facility will be part of a US$1 billion master plan to transform the campus over ten years without issuing debt. In April, development teams publicly presented their designs and financing proposals for a public-private partnership, all of which students, faculty, and the business community had a chance to review.

Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has launched the Institute for Family Entrepreneurships, a hub of teaching, research, and programs dedicated to advancing entrepreneurial families around the world. To help multiple generations create shared visions for family-owned enterprises, the institute will engage families of current Babson students through its Generational Entrepreneurship Amplifier and support them post-graduation through its Entrepreneurial Family Network.

The School of Wine & Spirits Business at Burgundy Business School in France has unveiled a new 1,000-square-meter (3,200-square-foot) building dedicated to teaching and research related to wine and spirits management. The new building comprises the Wine & Spirits Business Lab, a behavioral research laboratory; the Tasting Room, a 32-seat classroom for tasting courses and research activity; the Cellar, which houses the school’s bottle collection; and other dedicated areas.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University has established the University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA) with the goal of fostering cross-disciplinary research collaborations at the university, establishing strong industry partnerships, and promoting big data education in Hong Kong. UBDA initially will focus on three major research areas: smart cities and the Internet of Things, finance, and healthcare.

The University of Tampa in Florida has announced the Institute for Sales Excellence, which will be based in the Sykes College of Business. The new institute will prepare students from any major for careers in sales; encourage networking between students and businesses; and provide learning resources for local businesses. The institute, which formally launched July 1, already has hosted events such as a reverse career fair, where students created exhibitions designed to attract recruiters to their booths to discuss employment opportunities.