To bolster the symbiotic relationships between business schools around the world, international educators, executives and exchange program coordinators from different universities come to share experiences or exchange ideas on ways in which exchange activities are to be enhanced.
This year Dean and Director of International Affairs of Thammasat Business School (TBS), attend the annual conference of the Partnership in International Management (PIM) held in St. Gallen, Switzerland during Nov. 3-5, 2014. PIM is an exclusive organization comprising of 58 leading business schools around the world, such as Northwestern University, New York University, University of Chicago, McGill University, Copenhagen Business School, Tsinghua University and University of Melbourne. Over three intensive days at the host institution – University of St. Gallen, the conference evolve around several overarching issues, such as innovation in education, entrepreneurship in business schools and trends in exchange programs, through the lens of academics and deans of business schools. Moreover, the participants find themselves in an extensive discussion on ways in which the exchange program can be enriched over years to come. The Thammasat representatives hit it hard by promoting an internship program and an independent study scheme as free electives for incoming exchange students. This initiative allows more flexibility and opens up ‘unparalleled’ opportunities for the exchange students to expose to both academic and corporate worlds in Thai context over just one period of stay.
Negotiations to establish new prospective exchange agreements for our BBA students at schools are underway. Those include University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Indiana University at Bloomington, both of which are the leading business schools in the US. This effort reflects our strong commitment to become truly international. Also, alternative forms of exchange (i.e., short study trips and international summer programs) are explored.
Thammasat’s membership in PIM has enabled our students to engage in a wide array of international activities, like exchange programs and business case competitions. Such an organic growth in the institutional collaborations provides Thammasat Business School a unique avenue to develop more international quality-driven initiatives in order to meet the challenges of future educational phenomena.