Erasmus staff mobility 5-10 May 2014
As part of LBS’s continuous effort to expand its network of renowned international partners, IML director of studies Elisabeth Kuebler seized the opportunity to visit Ioan Alexandru Cuza University of Iasi (UAIC) in Romania.
UAIC is not only Romania’s oldest university but, based on the Shanghai ranking, also the country’s top higher education institution. Located in a thriving city in North-East Romania, prestigious UAIC is home to over 26.000 students and 800 academic staff. The university currently cooperates with 250 academic partners worldwide, and is member of leading international and European academic associations.
The exchange of ideas and best-practices between LBS and UAIC focused on our institutions particular strengths. Whilst UAIC faculty and staff members shared their experiences in cutting-edge research and teaching as well as international mobility, LBS provided insights into managing a highly diverse boutique business school whose core objective is to prepare students for business careers. Meetings took place with Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Henri Luchian, Dean Prof. Dr. Dinu Airinei, Prof. Dr. Constantin Sasu (Department Head of Management, Marketing and Business Administration) and other distinguished representatives of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
A particular highlight of this Erasmus mobility measure was the 8th Conference of UAIC’s Doctoral School of Economics and Business Administration, which was convened by Prof. Dr. Adriana Prodan. On this occasion, Elisabeth Kuebler delivered a keynote on Academic Careers at Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences. The ensuing discussion with local academics and practitioners raised numerous intriguing topics on cross-national and cross-sectorial synergies in higher education. Iulian and Liviu Warter, two Iasi-based consultants and PhD candidates, stressed the benefits of intercultural management projects with an academic partner abroad.
In her capacity as Vice-Dean of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Prof. Dr. Carmen Pintilescu emphasised UAIC’s request for closer collaboration with LBS. According to Prof. Dr. Adriana Zait, UAIC is profoundly interested in LBS’s expertise in practical training, employability, and the strengthening of industry ties. Currently joint master theses and a visiting professorship of an UAIC faculty member at LBS are being envisaged.