Usually the ones teaching business school classes, 41 business school faculty members from diverse universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America will turn the tables and become business school students again when they begin a 3-week summer school program at IESE Business School.
Launched in 1991, IESE's International Faculty Program (IFP) is a one-of-a-kind business school faculty enrichment program geared toward helping professors improve their abilities as communicators, inside and outside the classroom, as well as enhancing their capacity to develop courses, author cases, and exercise institutional management.
At the same time, IESE's IFP is a step further in the school's commitment to develop and support business education as a key tool to advance countrie's economic and social progress.
Set to begin on May 30 on the school's Barcelona campus, the IFP concentrates on teaching participants methodologies in management education, research and development of curricula. The program is designed for faculty members of business schools worldwide.
“Most business school faculty members spend a great deal of time cultivating top-notch research skills during their Ph.D. programs, but usually they have spent less time on developing themselves professionally in other key areas such as teaching approaches, course design, leadership and managerial skills, and career management," said IFP Academic Director Javier Santomá, IESE professor of financial management.
"The IFP provides business school faculty members with a robust, professional development program designed specifically to help them improve across all those areas," he said.
With an average age of 40, this year's cohort represent 26 different nationalities, with 37 percent coming from Africa. During the program, participants delve into topics such as case writing, course design, case presentation, coaching and mentoring and institutional management, among others.
Faculty members from over 230 institutions around the world have already participated in the IFP since it was originally created with support from the European Union. As a result, program participants have helped create an important international faculty network, which is believed to be making a significant contribution to the elevation of business educational standards in many countries, especially in developing nations.
"I have benefited beyond my expectations from the IFP. I was impressed by the effort that the faculty members made to ensure that the learning process was effective. In terms of feedback, I give it an A+," said Vinod Sople, a professor at the Institute for Technology and Management in India who attended the IFP in 2009.
"It is difficult to quantify the amount of experience I gained by attending the IFP in June 2008. I would say that it would have taken me 10 years under normal circumstances to gain the same insights," said Prof. Jako Volschenk of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.