- 5 Nov 2013 8:00 AM
According to a survey Corporate Knights conducted to examine how universities are faring at integrating sustainability into the academic experience, CEU Business School’s full-time MBA program is among the world’s top 30 green MBA programs.
The Business School, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the next academic year, is the only institution from a former communist country to be included in the top 30.
“Our school was founded to educate the managers and entrepreneurs who would not only lead Hungary’s transition to a market economy, but who would also help chart a more responsible course for business in Central and Eastern Europe, and beyond,” explained Mel Horwitch, dean of CEU Business School. “Responsible businesses take very seriously how their operations influence society and the environment. We try to teach our students how to be both effective and responsible leaders.”
The Corporate Knight survey assessed universities in three categories: faculty-led initiatives, student-led initiatives and coursework. One example of sustainability activities at CEU Business School is the course “Resources, Technology and Energy Markets.” Another is a team of CEU Business School MBA students that won the divisional title at an international business ethics competition this past spring.
The Business School also conducts research and develops curricula related to corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices through its Center for Business and Society. Peter Hardi, the Center’s director, noted that being recognized for having a Global Green MBA program is an important acknowledgment of the school’s efforts to promote an open society. “To flourish, open societies depend on human rights and democracy, as well as companies that act responsibly towards the environment and society,” he said.
Among the schools joining CEU Business School in the top 30 green MBA programs are Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada (#1), Korea Advanced School of Science and Technology in South Korea (#6), the School of Management at Boston University in the United States (#11) and the School of Management, Royal Holloway, at the University of London in the United Kingdom (#26).