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The Asia School of Business Announced as the 2019 MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Winner


KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia School of Business (ASB) was announced as the 2019 Innovator Award winner in the Early Stage Innovation category by the MBA Roundtable. The award recognizes the school’s leadership in initiating and achieving curricular reform through its use of Action Learning in its MBA Programs, beating top business schools in the process.

Created in 2011 by the MBA Roundtable to promote educational initiatives that advance innovation in MBA education and to acknowledge institutions that drive change in the field, the Innovator Award raises awareness of ongoing continuous curricular and co-curricular improvements and educates employers, business school leaders, and faculty about innovative practices of best-in-class MBA programs.

Business schools that offer an MBA degree and have taken initiatives such as program revisions, course content or delivery changes, or co-curricular experiential learning opportunity are eligible to participate. Initiatives are first evaluated on concept, execution, and impact; finalist schools are identified and interviewed and one school is selected as the award recipient in each category.

Finalist and recipient school initiatives cover every aspect of the content-pedagogy-format curricular framework with impact reach locally and globally, and with benefits to the learner, business and community. “ASB’s unique value proposition is to deliver high quality education through an intense action learning curriculum. Our Action Learning modules creates productive opportunities for our students in each of the 5 semesters they are with us to engage with partner companies across the region and beyond in month long projects of various range and focus.

Since 2015, ASB has partnered with more than 127 companies on over 237 projects in over 20 countries around the world,” explained Prof. Loredana Padurean, Associate Dean and Faculty Director for Action Learning. “Receiving the Early Stage Innovator award from the MBA Roundtable is an important validator for our ambitious start-up filled with so many extraordinary goals.

We want to thank not only the selection committee for the acknowledgement but especially all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and supporters of the school who made this happen,” she added. “

Mens et Manus (Mind and Hand), has been the motto for MIT Sloan since its inception in the 19th century. In today’s business world, this motto is as relevant now as ever, because the world needs leaders and changemakers who can be actively engaged in bringing leadership to a mature organization, as readily as they would in a hands-on role, building a start-up.

Our ASB graduates not only earn an MBA that is embedded with MIT Sloan DNA, but also gain an Asian perspective and an entrepreneurship mindset in the process. On behalf of the entire team at Bank Negara Malaysia, MIT Sloan and the extraordinary and unconventional ASB community, we want to thank you for this award that recognizes all of our collective efforts,” said Professor Charles Fine, President and Dean of ASB.

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About Asia School of Business
Asia School of Business (ASB) was established in 2015 by Bank Negara Malaysia in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management to be a premier global business school, a knowledge and learning hub infused with regional expertise, insights and perspectives of Asia and the emerging economies. ASB is committed to develop transformative and principled leaders who will contribute towards advancing the emerging world.

Still under construction, ASB’s sprawling new, state-of-the-art campus in Kuala Lumpur is set to be ready in June 2020.