Dear colleagues , dear BIMBA students
As the Dean of the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School it is a pleasure to be able to attend this opening ceremony of the 2009 Bimba programme for which the Vlerick School is the degree granting institution since last year.
Bimba , under the leadership of the National School of Development- then CCER- and in partnership with Fordham has established itself as one of the early and leading MBA programmes in China. As we have taken over the relay from Fordham in terms of the academic accreditation responsibility, we committed to help the National School of Development further internationalise and improve the Bimba programme. Indeed, as your wonderful Olympics last year demonstrated: what was good for gold in Athens five years ago, was no longer good enough for the podium here in Beijing last year: we can and will make a good programme even better.
We are also committed vis-à-vis you students to maintain a healthy balance of teachers from the National School of Development, and from Western Business schools such as , besides Vlerick, Fordham , Esade, and Smurfit, so that you are truly exposed to Chinese, American and European perspectives. As all Vlerick students your degree will have the triple accreditation of AMBA, the British Association of MBA’s, of AACSB, the American Business School accreditation body as well as the European Equis accreditation. That, and the association with Beida and the National School of Development should stand you in good stead.