The 2017 Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Conference was held at Leeds Beckett University’s Rose Bowl from 17 – 19 May. The three day conference was hosted by Leeds Business School and brought around 70 NIBS members and guests together in Leeds to share experience, knowledge and good practice on the broad theme of the future of business schools and business teaching.

Leeds Beckett University’s conference team, Well Met, organised the conference which included lectures from respected keynote speakers, discussion groups, a poster presentation session, a visit to local microbrewery North Brewing Co. and traditional gala dinner. Keynotes were given by Professor Balázs Heidrich, Rector of Budapest Business School and Professor Ralph Tench, Professor of Communication at Leeds Business School.

The conference this year provided an opportunity to reflect on what is takes to make Business Schools Fit for the Future as a central player in regional economies. Contributions were taken on themes surrounding strategic communications, the future of business learning and teaching along with pedagogical innovation and The current and future demands of professions and the world of work.

Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met commented on hosting NIBS at the Rose Bowl:

“Leeds boasts a diverse economy with the UK’s largest centres for legal, and financial services outside London and it is therefore key that we align this with conferences specifically for the business sector. Association business is fundamental to our growing success as a conferencing destination and Well Met can offer a diverse range of spaces which really suit conferences and events on a large scale.”

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