Six of the world’s leading business schools will launch a new digital learning platform that combines faculty expertise with cutting-edge technology, to meet growing demand from students and executives for a more flexible, bespoke and globally accessible study experience.

The Future of Management Education Alliance is the first collaboration of its kind in the business education sector and aims to transform the future of management education. Comprising Imperial College Business School, ESMT Berlin, BI Norwegian Business School, Singapore Management University (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB), EDHEC Business School, and Ivey Business School, the Alliance will enable partner schools to enhance the student experience through face-to-face, experiential and online learning methods.

Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School said: “Demand is rapidly growing, from business school applicants and employers alike, for programmes which provide the greater flexibilities and access that today’s modern technologies can afford. New pedagogical models and greater governance are needed to ensure business schools can step up to the challenge. The Future of Management Education Alliance brings together a network of forward-thinking business schools who share this vision.”

A key aim of the partnership is to challenge the perception of digital education as a sub-standard alternative to classroom-based programmes. The Alliance’s custom-built online education platform, designed by Insendi, an edtech enterprise founded at Imperial College Business School, will enable each member school to redefine and digitise their portfolios of existing programmes – from flagship degrees such as the MBA to executive-level short programmes and MOOCs – to best suit their own students’ needs.

For faculty, the Alliance will also provide access to expert digital training, consultancy and programme development support to ensure greater ownership over their own online offerings, and the necessary skills to develop new courses individually or in collaboration with colleagues at other member institutions.

Gerard George, Dean of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business said: “This innovative model turns the traditional format around by providing students with greater choice of what to learn, how to learn and where to learn. Once this collaboration is finalised, we aspire to set new standards for online business education, positioning SMU as an educational technology leader in Asia.”