Birthday business


UVic Business celebrates 20 years

This year the Faculty of Business celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The school began in 1990 with 158 Bachelor of Commerce program students and two years later launched the Masters of Business Administration program with a class of 32 candidates. The educational needs of the business community were addressed with the introduction of Executive Programs in 1993.

Twenty years later, UVic Business has grown to 105 faculty and staff now serving some 870 MBA and BCom students. What’s more, the faculty supports a thriving business minor program and teaches more than 500 executive education participants each year.

From the beginning, UVic Business dared to be different. It specializes in entrepreneurship, international business and service management rather than focus on the traditional trio of marketing, accounting and finance. “We are a very, very different business school,” says Ali Dastmalchian, dean of business. “We believe that business issues and business problems are interrelated, so we don’t structure ourselves according to these functional silos.”

In February 2007, UVic Business was awarded the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation—an achievement that places it among the top business schools in Canada and the world. The faculty is poised to grow even more with the introduction of a PhD in International Management and Organization and a Masters of Global Business degree. A graduate certificate and diploma in entrepreneurship will be introduced in 2011.

To recognize these many achievements, celebrations are planned throughout 2010. A community birthday bash takes place on campus on March 19, the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year gala on June 1, and a “Build Your Future” professional development conference is scheduled for June 23–25.

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