A Vision to Nurture Creative Minds

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Byline: Sarah Richardson

[bar] HE University of Bedfordshire's Business School is responding to the dynamic global environment and being proactive in shaping a curriculum that it sees as creative and different.

According to Dr Sonal Minocha, Dean of the Business School, the ambition is to connect with and impact businesses and communities on a regional, national and international basis.

"Our future managers, practitioners and alumni will play a key role in generating these connections that deliver social, cultural and economic impact in our campuses, communities and cities over the coming years," she says. "In essence, our school, like the best businesses, seeks to be the hub for developing talented people, stimulate thought leadership and be a catalyst for new thinking and practice.

"This is pivotal to the role business schools and more broadly universities play in sustaining regional and national momentum."

The University of Bedfordshire has invested [pounds sterling]180 million in its facilities between 2006 and 2013 because it believes that space shapes not just the physical environment but also the intellectual environment for learning.

"In this context our university's physical environment such as the award-winning business pods and the upcoming PG CPD Centre with its state-of-the-art facilities are an extension of our practice-led vision," says Dr Minocha.

The business school's ambition is to develop dynamic leaders and managers who will ask different questions, find imaginative solutions and make a difference through innovative practice. "Many of the problems facing today's practitioners are complex, uncertain and ambiguous . They are messy -- particularly in the context of global business issues," adds Dr Minocha. "Managers are rarely presented with opportunities to manage according to the academic models and theories taught in business schools -- instead they draw upon their knowledge and experiences of management practice derived from seeing practitioners solve problems and deal effectively with staff. …