Kuala Lumpur, 14 November 2014 – At the conclusion of the 5th PRME Regional Forum Asia participants agreed to launch three PRME Chapters for the Asia region focusing on East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea), the Asean region as well as South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The Regional Forum, which was hosted by Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business at University Utara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was held from 13-14 November 2014. The event was supported by the World Association of Business Schools in Islamic Countries and held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Malaysia.
The PRME Regional Forum Asia provided a platform for business school thought leaders and stakeholders to meet and discuss global challenges in the Asian context. The discussions focused on ways in which business schools are going about developing more responsible management graduates. In particular, participants stressed that Asian viewpoints need to be stressed and what is different in Asia compared to other regions. The collaboration between academic and non-academic organizations within the PRME initiatives was acknowledged as an important factor.
Participants supported the idea of establishing at least three regional PRME Chapters with the following contact points:
PRME Chapter Asean+, participants agreed to the appointment of the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB), Universiti Utara Malaysia as the secretariat. OYAGSB will undertake the responsibility to contact and network with the business schools in the ASEAN region to promote PRME’s principles within the region and carry out activities for region. The Dean of OYAGSB will provide the leadership for this initiative.
PRME Chapter South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and others), IILM Institute for Higher Education, Goa Institute of Management, and Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed of the Daily Star, Bangladesh agreed to take the responsibility to lead the process of contacting the relevant business school and start the process of establishing the South Asian PRME Chapter.
PRME Chapter East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea), Dr. Alison Elizabeth Lloyd from the Faculty of Business, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will provide the leadership to contact and move the process of getting people from the region to work together.
The 6th PRME Regional Forum Asia will take place at the Goa Institute of Management, India, from 27-28 November 2015.
Photos of the 5th PRME Regional Forum Asia can be accessed here.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at firstname.lastname@example.org