Putting “speed dating” and
business networking together has created a new opportunity for
graduating students at one of Australia’s top ranked business schools –
the Australian School of Business (ASB) at the University of New South
Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
The annual “Business
Buzz” at the ASB allows top local and international students to engage
face-to-face with successful alumni and industry experts to talk about
career options, personal aspirations and the realities of working life
after university – in 10-minute “speed dating” type meetings.
It’s one of many ways
ASB connects its students to the real world of business success – and
with other high achieving students from all over the world.
flow from the company you keep”, says ASB Director (International), Sue
Bennett-Williams, of the advantages of School’s combined strengths of
close ties to Australian, regional and international businesses, its
range of expert guest lecturers and its reputation for excellence across
teaching and research. The ASB received a maximum A1 ranking in
Australian Government quality assessments for 2010, as well as the
maximum five year EQUIS accreditation, the internationally-recognised
quality standard for higher education.
That reputation is
built on a continuous program of improvement and innovation, which means
the ASB can respond effectively to changes in the business environment
to ensure graduate skills match the demands of a globalised job market,
and reflect the shift of economic growth to the Asia region. That
determination is underpinned by UNSW’s core goal of producing “global
citizens” ready for a globalised economy and workforce.
The ASB’s undergraduate
and postgraduate programs cover the key disciplines of accounting,
actuarial studies, business law, economics, marketing, information
systems, organisation and management, strategy and entrepreneurship and
taxation. Also offered are Australia’s top-ranked AGSM MBA and AGSM
Executive programs, which also feature within the UK Financial Times
world’s top 40 list.
The School is currently
implementing its ASB 2015 strategic vision, which was formulated after
applying the same rigorous evaluation processes the corporate world uses
to help companies stay on top.
Among its top
priorities ASB 2015 identified new, top-level partnerships with leading
international universities, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, and
an expanded program of international exchanges as well as real “in-situ”
business experiences through local and international internships. For
students unable to travel for extended periods, a new short term option
led by an ASB academic will take students to some of the world’s leading
business schools for three week stints.
The ASB already has a
strong partnership with the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania, ranked number 1 in the world for 2011 by the UK Financial
Times. The ASB is part of the influential Knowledge@Wharton project, an
online journal with over 1.3 million subscribers in 200 countries which
explains the relevance and impact of key business and economic issues.
The ASB produces Knowledge@ASB, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific
“We are on the edge of
Asia and Asia will be the biggest game in town (economically),” says ASB
Dean, Professor Alec Cameron.
“A sharpened focus on
Asia is not a choice, it’s a responsibility. Every Australian business
graduate needs to understand the opportunity on our doorstep. And, if we
want to maintain our international standing and continue to attract high
quality students from around the world, we need to have something
meaningful to say about the region in which we live.”
The ASB meets the three
top issues that international students identified as important in a
major survey: reputation, quality and location. Students are also
attracted by special services such as the ASB’s dedicated careers
consultant and opportunities such as the ASB annual career expo and the
right to work part-time in Australia while studying.
“This is a long term
decision for many students and their families,” he says.
“We believe the ASB has
well documented credentials when it comes to reputation and quality. As
for location, Sydney is not just a great city to live and study in, but
it is the place to be for business networking – because all the major
corporate entities are headquartered here, including many