For all business schools, student and staff wellbeing has been at the epicentre of strategic focus since the start of the pandemic.
Karen Spens, Rector of Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, presented a session at the AMBA & BGA Global Conference 2022 in which she explored how business schools have confronted the challenges posed by the Covid-19, addressing the needs of students, and finding out why putting student wellbeing at the core of any business school agenda is the only recipe for success.
The survey used text messages to reach students. Participants received a text with six simple questions, and results are still coming in. The questions asked how far respondents agreed with the following:
To date, the study has 2,500 respondents.
The study found that wellbeing was the most central factor to satisfaction. Those participants with the highest levels of wellbeing were most likely to have completed their studies and expressed satisfaction with their teaching. The study also revealed five student profiles:
Everything is fine: high achieving, high satisfaction; completing their studies as planned; strong preference for remote studies; on average, two years older than the average age in the sample.
In-class preferrers: low preference for remote studies; completing their studies as planned; higher wellbeing than average; on average, two years younger than the average age in the sample.
Underachievers: low goal completion; unable to complete their studies as planned; less satisfied with teaching than average; strongly prefer remote studies.
Satisfied but not well: low wellbeing, high satisfaction; completing their studies as planned; no preference for in-class teaching.
Not well (and representing 30% of the sample): low goal completion; not able to complete their studies as planned; less satisfied with teaching than average; slightly preferred in-class teaching.
An annual summer school offered to executive MBA (EMBA) students studying at multiple locations around the world allows participants to come together and transform their differences into assets that drive personal growth. Director of EMBA programmes at the School of Management Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG-Uqam) Kamal Bouzinab offers an in-depth guide to an intensive week of experiential learning, cross-continental dialogue and networking.
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