XJTLU IBSS Hosts Regional RME Conference

23 May 2023


From 17 to 19 May, 2023, XJTLU International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) and Changzhou University Business School co-hosted the 2nd Annual Conference of the China Academic Committee for Responsible Management Education (CACRME) and the China Forum on Responsible Management Education and Sustainable Development.

The CACRME aims to foster a new generation of outstanding talent with a sense of social responsibility, sustainability and green leadership by increasing the focus on responsible management education in universities across China. The annual conference provides a platform for leading academics to share best practices in responsible management education and discuss new research findings and emerging trends in the field.
In her keynote speech, Professor Mette Morsing, Head of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretarist, United Nations Global Compact, said “Universities should not only nurture innovative and practical talent with professional skillsets, but also have a mission to help students become ethical, innovative leaders who can drive social change and progress. This will help to make a positive impact on the country and the world. I hope that more outstanding Chinese universities and management schools will join the UN PRME family.”

Professor Mette Morsing

Also speaking at the event was Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Former Vice-Chairman, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate and Winner of the 2021 Blue Planet Prize. During her speech she noted that "Multipolar development is more conducive to achieving globalized and sustainable development. It is hoped that through collaboration and conversations under the guidance of the UN PRME, the PRME China Academic Committee and the China Network will support and expand the impact of PRME on Chinese higher education institutions. Once again, congratulations and best wishes for an important step in our common journey towards sustainable development."

Professor Mohan Munasinghe

XJTLU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Zhoulin Ruan, officially appointed Professor Mette Morsing and Professor Mohan Munasinghe as Visiting Professors at XJTLU IBSS during the event. He said, "As a leading international university in China, XJTLU continues to explore and lead change in higher education. This year in March, we signed a cooperation agreement with the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI) under the auspices of UNESCO. We hope to work closely with universities and institutions in China and abroad to commit to and actively promote sustainable business education."

Professor Zhoulin Ruan

This year's annual conference was co-hosted by XJTLU IBSS and Changzhou Business School, and is one of series of events celebrating the 17th anniversary of XJTLU. The conference featured keynote speeches, keynote addresses, a Dean's Forum, Cross-border Forum, Youth Forum, roundtables and parallel workshops, all of these focusing on themes within responsible management education, responsible leadership, sustainable development and changes in business management education. These forums, roundtables and workshops stressed the importance of responsible management education and sustainable development to the future of higher education in China, advocating that all Chinese universities and business schools work towards positive global change through the PRME initiative.

IBSS officially joined the PRME Global Programme in 2013 and became a founding member of the PRME China Chapter in 2021. As the only Chinese Champion School for the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative in 2023, IBSS is committed to promoting sustainability-oriented change in responsible management education acting as a catalyst for impact in social value creation across China. The school has developed award-winning sustainability initiatives and produces top tier research in a range of areas related to sustainability. Through the IBSS Centre for Responsible and Sustainable Business Education, the school is actively involved in conversations and collaboration on responsible management education and education for sustainable development at business schools around the world, while educating the next generation of innovative and sustainable business leaders.

23 May 2023