Centers and Facilities

Business schools open new research centers and learning facilities.

The National University of Singapore Business School has opened its new Centre on AI Technology for Humankind (AiTH). AiTH (pronounced “eighth”) will promote a human-centered approach to the development of artificial intelligence. The center’s research projects will explore topics such as whether traditional leadership will be replaced by automated decision-making systems and how to design AI based on ethical principles. The founding director is David de Cremer, provost chair in the school’s department of management and organization.

This fall, the Bowling Green State University College of Business in Ohio will open its new facility, the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center. The facility incorporates a renovation of its previous building and a more than 50,000-square-foot addition. The building design emphasizes discovery-based learning, hands-on experimentation, and collaboration via seven active learning classrooms, trading labs, and a mock Wall Street trading floor.

NEOMA Business School in France has opened a new office in Bogotá, Colombia, to facilitate the recruitment of students from Latin America. The new office will support NEOMA’s plan to double its enrollment of Latin American students over the next four years.

The Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey, has opened its Center for Women in Business (CWIB). Focused on improving gender equity in business, the center will offer workshops, networking opportunities, and mentoring to help empower women, as well as resources to help men better understand the nature of unconscious bias. The center will conduct research that promotes the adoption of inclusive business practices. Lisa Kaplowitz, assistant professor of professional practice in finance, is the center’s founding director. Initial center research will explore the impact that participation in youth sports has on women’s future willingness to take risks, the ways that unconscious biases can lead to favoritism toward same-gendered associates, and the role that male mentors play in women’s success.

Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has announced plans to break ground in the fall of 2021 for a new building to house the College of Business Administration. The fundraising team has raised more than US$44 million for the $70 million project in less than 18 months. Marquette Business faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take part in an inclusive design process to ensure the new building addresses the needs of tomorrow’s students, educators, and businesses. In addition to dedicated innovation leadership space, the building is expected to include career and advising centers, a multifunctional special event space, and a pitch stage where students can share ideas with the community.