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Kent Business School gives graduates the ability to be innovative

School prides itself as a forward-thinking research institution

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 10:53am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 10:53am

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Empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry leaders beyond guaranteed employability, Kent Business School (KBS) envisions its graduates making a difference with innovative, sustainable solutions in an increasingly interconnected yet complex world.

“An aspiring hub for transformational learning, KBS focuses on student experience and research intensity,” says Professor Martin Meyer, school director and professor of business and innovation. “For instance, pursuing sustainability – from identifying more efficient solutions for information flow, transport and logistics to better care of the environment, responsible management and corporate social responsibility – is about research as much as it is about KBS developing responsible leaders for the future.”

As part of the University of Kent, which distinguishes itself as a forward-thinking research institution among the country’s top universities, KBS offers courses from undergraduate to postgraduate levels including an MBA programme accredited by the Association of MBAs.

“Very much a boutique programme, our MBA courses typically consist of around 30 part-time and full-time students with local, international and executive backgrounds,” says Paul Verrion, school business and administration manager. “Such a healthy mix enables our international students to integrate well, while giving executives instant access to a global network of students, managers and future business leaders – and that has led to an exemplary student experience.”

Ranked as one of Britain’s top 20 business schools, KBS attracts students from more than 80 countries. Recognising Asia as a key market, it is looking to intensify collaborations in the region, where it already works with partners such as Hong Kong Baptist University for double masters degree and international executive education programmes.

Progressive initiatives such as these have inspired one of KBS’ newest projects: Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise (ASPIRE). Designed to support students in starting a business or social enterprise, ASPIRE will provide a dedicated space and hands-on assistance from the KBS faculty and successful entrepreneurs.

Following the outcome of the European Union referendum, the school is also reinforcing its distinction as a European-oriented, globally connected institution that takes pride in its diverse student body and staff.

“We are still at the heart of Europe, strategically linking Britain’s economic heartland and the rest of the region’s political and cultural centres,” Meyer says. “The country may be facing some uncertainties, but KBS is firm in its strategy in preparing students for doing business in Europe and globally. Our expertise has become relevant more than ever, and we are eager to work closely with stakeholders and more like-minded partners.”


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