The leadership and professional development experience
for new directors of business schools


The Strategic Leadership Programme for Deans offers an unmissable leadership and development experience for new directors of business schools.

It is the ideal place for newly appointed deans to gain and share best practices.


The Strategic Leadership Programme brings together new directors of business schools with experienced leaders of top institutions around the world.

You will establish and foster a powerful international network of deans and directors as a lasting resource for ideas, exchanges, joint actions and mutual support.


The programme takes place over 4 days in Brussels and includes a mix of plenary and interactive breakout sessions. Peer-to-peer discussions and ‘what-I-could-have-done-better’ brainstorming allow participants to share the strategic challenges they face in their institutions.


The programme admits a maximum of 20 participants in order to enable close interaction with the speakers and participants.


Newly appointed deans or directors general with school management responsibility over the entire institution.


Rolf D. Cremer - a former Dean of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of EBS University of Business and Law, Wiesbaden in Germany.

Stepping into the role
of the dean

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“The programme provided three kinds of benefits – sessions led by highly impressive established Deans, giving insights into thestrategic dimensions of developing business schools internationally; working with a peer group of Deans, learning from our challenges and ways of addressing these, again with a strong international profile; and gaining insight into EFMD itself, its accreditations and view on developing business education internationally. To my delight, the working relationships and peer groups formed during the course have been sustained and it has been a pleasure to catch-up with colleagues subsequently.”

John Finch

Head of School, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Developing your role

    The programme provides you with an overview of a dean’s main responsibilities. Among the different themes, you will discuss finance matters, including funding and programme cost, and faculty retention and recruitment. You will explore the essence of your role as the head of an institution and its impacts – both internal and external. You will gain an understanding of the new challenges deans are facing today.

  • Peer to peer discussion

    Following the Chatman House Rule, you will have the opportunity to share your experience and best practices with your peers. Speakers will be available to answer your questions and share their own experience as dean.

  • Strengthening your network

    By the end of the programme, you will have developed a core group of trusted peers you can count on to continuously exchange ideas and share experience.


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