Griffith Business School forward-focused and ready for the future

Officially released in April 2017, the refreshed goals for Griffith Business School (GBS) will ensure Griffith University remains an international leader in the field of business education by creating a forward-focused, future-ready faculty.

As explained by Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant, Dean of the School, placing greater importance on the School’s already strong commitment to global connectedness and social responsibility will help the school achieve this.

Professor Grant said, “The strengths of the strategy are articulated in its mission and vision, (with) the Business School’s vision (placing) a heavy emphasis on our traditional values of socially responsible, innovative and globally connected leadership.”

Professor Grant also explained that the mission places a strong focus on the engagement Griffith’s business faculty have with businesses, government and other community partners to drive business education and research that is of a high-quality.

In the three years leading up to 2020, the four areas of strategic priority that Griffith Business School will focus on are: providing a remarkable student experience, creating high-impact research, strengthening the School’s staff and enhancing the School’s engagement.

In terms of student-focus, Professor Grant said the strategy will ensure students graduate having learned important strategic skills such as critical and innovative thinking, as well as professional and soft skills, to help improve their prospects in an increasingly competitive world. He said these skills will be a focus as they are not only the types of skills employers look for in graduates, but also the skills graduates will need if they want to start their own businesses.

“We’ve enhanced qualities such as employability, and digital enablement, through a curriculum that’s focused not just on cutting-edge professional knowledge that you need for a business career, but also on the skills and attributes that you need to enhance graduate employability such as teamwork, creative thinking and communication and critical thinking skills;” all leading to a richer student learning experience he said.

Crafted over the course of a full academic year, the new strategic document was formed in close consultation with Griffith Business School’s academic, professional and general staff, and external stakeholders including industry, government, and alumni.

Professor Grant believes the consultation period was time well spent and has been invaluable in shaping the new strategy, whilst ensuring all involved parties had a vision and mission they could advocate together in order to have a sense of ownership,  as participants, the success of the strategy would rest on them, he explained. Professor Grant is committed to achieving the objectives outlined in the strategy, not only to improve the learning experience for students but also the impact of research for Griffith academics and external stakeholders.

“We want Griffith Business School to be known as a remarkable place to study and an outstanding place to work.”

For the full Griffith Business School 2017-2020 Strategy, click here. Explore online business programs at Griffith University including the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

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