AACSB Recognizes 26 Business Schools Leading Boldly

Ninth annual member spotlight program features business schools innovating to create unique value for learners, businesses, and society

Innovations that Inspire 2024

Innovations that Inspire 2024

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education alliance—announces 26 business schools highlighted in its Innovations That Inspire member spotlight program.

This annual program recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in business education. In 2024, the highlights feature unique ways that business schools are leveraging innovation to drive new value for the communities they serve.

These schools are leading boldly to enable equitable access, empower problem-solvers, design timely curricula and credentials, deploy adaptive learning methods, create new knowledge, and develop societal impact leaders. Examples include:

  • Carbon Emissions Accounting Guidelines for Maritime Transport Enterprises, Jinan University: Developed by researchers at the School of Management’s affiliated Key Laboratory of Human-Nature Life Community, the guidelines provide maritime transportation enterprises with standardized methods for carbon emissions accounting to help address China’s carbon-neutrality goals.
  • Promoting Societal Impacts through Data Insights and Collaboration, The University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Business: Data-driven approaches, multisector engagement, and hands-on learning drive an innovative, federally funded initiative to develop a comprehensive data center focused on using open intelligence to address the opioid crisis.
  • Sustainability Transition in International Business (ST101), Grenoble Ecole de Management: ST101 is a pioneering, cross-disciplinary course that blends a virtual learning path with a real-life company scenario, pedagogical exercises, and in-class discussions to learn about, co-create, and critically reflect on innovations for sustainable business models.
  • XLab: Designing Digital Innovation Products and Solutions, Case Western University, Weatherhead School of Management: Working with a team that includes multidisciplinary students, faculty, and other university centers, xLab develops ethically responsible technology prototypes, services, and business models in collaboration with company partners.

“In a world facing social, economic, and technological challenges, business schools are innovating to develop powerful solutions. The 2024 Innovations That Inspire selections exemplify the unique ways that business schools create value and impact for their stakeholders,” said Lily Bi, AACSB president and CEO. “Through their bold leadership and innovation, these schools are contributing to a better world, demonstrating the important role they play in our society.”

Now in its ninth year, the Innovations That Inspire initiative has highlighted 240 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, and diversity and inclusion.

More insights and examples are available at aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.

About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB and business schools from around the world are leading boldly in business education at aacsb.edu.

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McLaren Racing announces Optimum Nutrition as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of McLaren Formula 1 Team

Optimum Nutrition x McLaren Formula 1

McLaren Racing today announced Optimum Nutrition, the world’s number one sports nutrition brand, as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team for the 2024 season and beyond.

LONDON, Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McLaren Racing today announced Optimum Nutrition, the world’s number one sports nutrition brand, as Official Sports Nutrition Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team for the 2024 season and beyond.

With a key focus on the McLaren F1 Team drivers and pit crew, the partnership unites two brands with high human performance at their core, constantly striving for better. Optimum Nutrition will support the team’s performance, health and wellbeing with science-led sports nutrition products driven by innovation, ensuring the team can unlock its potential throughout the 2024 season.

Building on the team’s accomplishments in the 2023 season – including breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever pit stop, with a 1.80-second stop at the Qatar Grand Prix, Optimum Nutrition will support the McLaren team to help everyone stay at the top of their game.

Optimum Nutrition branding will feature on the pit crew overalls and set-up kit, and the driver overalls of McLaren Formula 1 Drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

Matt Dennington, Executive Director, Partnerships & Accelerator, McLaren Racing, said:

“It is great to welcome Optimum Nutrition to the team. We operate in a high performance environment and our people are our most important asset, so it’s fantastic that Optimum Nutrition will support our continuous push for improvement and excellence across everything we do.”

Colin Westcott-Pitt, Global Chief Brand Officer, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, said:

“We’re delighted that Optimum Nutrition, which has been trusted by all types of athletes across many sports for 35 years, has joined McLaren Racing as Official Sports Nutrition Partner. Both McLaren and Optimum Nutrition are dedicated to peak human performance and excellence so we are thrilled to be working together during the forthcoming F1 season.”


For further information, please contact:

  • Fran Campbell, Communications Executive, McLaren Racing

fran.campbell@mclaren.com / +44 (0) 7442 692 253

  • Daniel Funston, Account Director (Sport), The PHA Group / Optimum Nutrition

optimumnutrition@thephagroup.com / +44 (0) 7864 506 541

About McLaren Racing

McLaren Racing was founded by racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966. McLaren has since won 20 Formula 1 world championships, 183 Formula 1 grands prix, the Indianapolis 500 three times, and the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt.

McLaren Racing competes across five racing series. The team competes in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Arrow McLaren drivers Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and David Malukas, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with NEOM McLaren Formula E Team drivers Jake Hughes and Sam Bird, and the Extreme E Championship as the NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team. The team also competes in the F1 Sim Racing Championship as McLaren Shadow, having won the 2022 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.

McLaren is a champion for sustainability in the sport and a signatory to the UN Sports for Climate Action Commitment. It is committed to achieving net zero by 2040 and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in the motorsport industry.

McLaren Racing – Official Website

About Optimum Nutrition

Part of Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), Optimum Nutrition is the world’s #1 sports nutrition brand*, producing a wide variety of high-quality nutritional food supplements and beverages to support an active and healthy lifestyle, including protein powders, energy products and ready-to-eat protein bars. For over 35 years, Optimum Nutrition has set the standard for trusted products and proudly produces Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™, which is the most trusted and reviewed protein powder in the world. Optimum Nutrition products are sold in 90 plus countries around the world. For more information, visit https://www.optimumnutrition.com/en-us and follow the brand on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Health 2024 edition, Sports Nutrition category, % retail value share, 2023 data.

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Qatar Airways and gategroup launch new partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 1

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer signing the agreement.

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Qatar Airways and gategroup launch new partnership to elevate inflight dining

The airline with gategroup on board will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating

GLATTBRUG, Switzerland. February 12, 2024: Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways’ commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International Airport. gategroup brings an exciting new beginning to an already world class standard of catering by Qatar Airways. Collectively our innovation and operational excellence will set a new standard for Inflight dining.”


gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 2

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer after signing the agreement.

Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr Christoph Schmitz said: “We are genuinely honored to walk this path alongside Qatar Airways. It is a journey of discovery, growth, and immense potential, and we firmly believe in the transformative power of collaboration, where two companies come together with shared visions and values to craft something truly outstanding.”

gategroup’s culinary team – that will be based in Doha – will contribute to the development of a dedicated culinary studio for Qatar Airways, that facilitates innovation, co-creation and efficient menu design. The new culinary creations will focus on high quality ingredients, health and nutrition, incorporating local produce with a view to sustainable sourcing, authenticity and supporting local businesses.

gategroup signs agreement with Qatar Air 3

(L-R) Chief Executive Officer of gategroup Mr. Christoph Schmitz, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, and gategroup Chief Commercial Officer and President LATAM & APAC Federico Germani signing the agreement.

The elevation of culinary quality will be underpinned by robust processes around menu development, efficiency in production and systematic monitoring of food quality, taste and appearance. Through this collaboration, we will explore additional revenue streams and optimize operational and commercial efficiencies.

This partnership conveys an exciting blend of culinary creativity and best in-class operations that will mark the next era of Qatar Airways inflight offering. New innovative concepts for the world’s 5-star airline.

About gategroup
gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving passengers from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. For further information, please visit www.gategroup.com.

About Qatar Airways
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the “World’s Best Airline” voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022).

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively. This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.


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WGS 2024: WAM organises roundtable on future of business media

DUBAI: The Emirates News Agency (WAM) organised a roundtable entitled “Shaping Economic Narratives: The Role of News Agencies” as part of Day 1 of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, which kicked off today. The event was attended by a number of officials and directors of news agencies from the Arab region, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The roundtable highlighted the role of news agencies in supporting future economies, promoting innovative business concepts, and their readiness to deal with emerging economic sectors. It also emphasised the role of media professionals in future business journalism, as well as the importance of media partnerships in boosting experience exchange and upskilling young media professionals.

Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi, Director-General of WAM, stressed the key role of news agencies in promoting future business concepts and conveying them to the public effectively. He noted that the media sector is seeing remarkable advancements in keeping

with global technological developments, with the emergence of new technologies in media work utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and data, which will shape the future of business media.

In a statement, Alrayssi said that the roundtable highlighted four key issues, including the importance of engaging with new economic sectors, the challenges and opportunities arising from these sectors, ways to improve business journalism, and the importance of strengthening strategic partnerships between news agencies and various media outlets.

Highlighting the roundtable’s outcomes, Alrayssi explained that the meeting culminated in several recommendations, including the need to train and upskill workers in news agencies and media outlets by concluding partnerships with government and private institutions concerned with business affairs to train journalists on how to deal with data and information related to contemporary economic concepts, including the green economy, digital currencies and AI.

For his part, Mohammed A

bd Rabbo Al Yami, Director-General of the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA), stressed the leading role of news agencies spotlighting new economic models despite challenges. He underscored the need to keep pace with the shifts seen across the contemporary media sector and adapt to new technological developments.

Dr. Farid Ayar, Secretary-General of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA), said that news agencies play a leading role in shaping public opinion on economic trends and the public’s understanding of it. He noted that most of the world’s news agencies have specialised economic departments tasked with preparing economic news and reports.

Grégoire Ndjaka, Chief Executive Officer of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), stressed the need to ensure the current capabilities of news agencies and their readiness to cover and interact with emerging economic sectors such as green energy, cryptocurrencies and industries based on AI.

For his part, Adrian Wells, Enex’s Managing Director, pointed to the g

rowing interest in new and future economies, noting that the opening session of the World Governments Summit highlighted the digital economy and AI, which are two of the main pillars of the economy of the future.

Sana Ali , Director, Pakistan Press Foundation stressed the importance of cooperative efforts between news agencies, government institutions and economic entities and their potential impact on supporting and promoting future economies. She pointed to the need to work on exchanging best practices and successful case studies of partnerships that lead to the formation of clear and useful economic visions.

Elena Savova. Deputy Head Economy News Desk. Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), stressed the need to prepare media professionals to work in business journalism with a focus on future trends and innovations. She pointed to the need for development programmes to enhance the skills of journalists covering economic fields.

Source: Emirates News Agency


The President of the Arab Parliament H.E. Mr. Adel bin AbdulRahman AlAssomi, has received an official letter from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Volker Trk, in response to his letter addressed on 29 January 2024 on the situation in the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories, and the ongoing genocidal war against children, women and the elderly resulting in thousands of martyrs and wounded.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights shared the Arab Parliament’s deep concern regarding serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law taking place since 7 October 2023 in the Gaza Strip, and the fast deterioration in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Trk stressed that he will continue to call for an immediate ceasefire, the prompt and effective delivery of humanitarian aid, respect for international law, and the humane treatment, and that he will also continue to appeal to all States, entities and individuals with influence over the
parties involved in this conflict to do all in their power to ensure an end to the suffering, and an end to the occupation, and accountability for the perpetrators of human rights violations and justice for victims.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights added that his Office has issued numerous detailed recommendations over many years on the situation in Palestine and will present two additional reports on Israeli settlements and human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, at the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council starting later this month.

Trk thanked the President of the Arab Parliament for his coordination and communication and for sharing with him the situation in the Gaza Strip, adding that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stands in solidarity with all those whose rights are violated and will continue to work toward a future where human rights can be enjoyed equally by all.

The President of the Arab Parliament apprec
iates the response of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and its interaction with the Arab Parliament’s calls for a cessation of war and escalating and continued bloodshed, and for countering the crimes of the occupation entity and the daily massacres committed against the Palestinians, and he looks forward to the prompt response of human rights and international organizations, and national, international and regional parliaments he has addressed, to work toward an immediate ceasefire and to stop the genocidal war perpetrated by the Israeli occupation entity against the Palestinian people.

The President of the Arab Parliament reiterated that the Arab Parliament continues to play its role in supporting the Palestinian people in all fora at all regional and international levels to achieve their legitimate rights notably the establishment of their independent State with the city of Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Al-Baour discusses with a Bulgarian delegation the return of the Bulgarian embassy to work from Tripoli.NASRALLAH, NAKHALEH DISCUSS DEVELOPMENTS IN GAZA AND WEST BANK

Tripoli: The person in charge of managing the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ‘Al-Taher Al-Baour,’ met in his office today, Monday, with the delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria, which is currently visiting Libya, headed by the Director of the Africa and Middle East Department of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, ‘Romen Petrov.’

The meeting discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two countries, and exchanged views on topics of common interest, as well as developments related to the return of the Bulgarian embassy to Libya to work from Tripoli.

Source: Libyan News Agency

Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, on Monday welcomed the Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Ziad Nakhaleh.

According to a statement, the meeting involved discussing “the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, both on the ground and politically, as well as the situations of the support fronts and the support provided by the axis of resistance in various arenas. The discussions also touched upon existing possibilities and expected developments, whether on the field or in political communications.”

Both parties emphasized “the necessity of perseverance and continuing strong efforts to achieve the promised victory.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Monday afternoon welcomed at the Grand Serail, former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.

Upon his arrival at the Grand Serail, an official reception ceremony was held for former PM Hariri, followed by a meeting between the pair at the Prime Minister’s office.

Premier Mikati welcomed former Prime Minister Hariri, and hoped that ‘the commemoration of the martyrdom of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his companions on February 14 would be a unifying occasion that confirms the unity of the Lebanese in the face of the dangers facing Lebanon.’

Afterwards, Mikati held a lunch banquet in honor of Hariri, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Mahmoud Makkieh

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Monday received at the second presidency headquarters in Ain El-Tineh, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka.

The general situation and political and field developments were presented in light of Israel’s continued aggression against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Speaker Berri later received Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, with whom he discussed the current general situation and the latest political developments.

Berri also welcomed in Ain El-Tineh, Dean of the Consular Corps in Lebanon, Joseph Habis, with a delegation of members of the consular corps, who came on a protocol visit.

The visit was an occasion to dwell on the current developments in Lebanon and the region.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon