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To advance and promote the value of excellence in business education and research through engagement across Australian universities, industry, the government and the community.

Australian Business Deans Council

President's Welcome

Professor Ian PalmerWelcome to the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) - the authoritative and collective voice of all pro vice-chancellors, executive deans and heads of all university business faculties and schools in Australia. 

Currently one-in-three Australian university students graduate from our member schools (and three-in-five international university students in Australia).  Our mission is to advance and promote the value of excellence in business education and research through engagement across Australian universities, industry, the government and the community.

In 2002, ABDC incorporated as a not-for-profit association in New South Wales as the Australian Business Deans Council Inc.  An elected Executive Committee governs ABDC operations, guided by a Constitution and a Strategic Plan 2013-2016.  A Secretariat, based in Canberra and four subsidiary Networks support the work of ABDC.  Members currently meet three times a year in an Australian capital city.

ABDC’s key strategic priorities are to:

  • Advocate and promote the important role and contribution of business education and research, within our universities, to government, industry and the public.
  • Inform national issues in business education, especially regarding teaching, learning, research and international education in Australian university business faculties and schools.
  • Forge strong relationships with affiliated national, international, peak industry, higher education and professional bodies, government and media to influence policy and practice in business education and research.
  • Support a network of pro vice-chancellors, executive deans, heads of schools and associate deans to provide excellence in business education and research leadership.
  • Support research, intelligence and data gathering on best practice and matters of importance to business education and research in universities nationally and internationally.

Business schools need to ensure their education and research programs keep up with the evolving landscape of business and government policy.  Through ABDC, business deans continue to keep their finger on the business pulse as well as engage with relevant industry and government policy makers.

In this way ABDC can inform curricula development of business schools around Australia and business school research agendas.  Through our Learning and Teaching, Research and International Networks, the ABDC contributes actively to innovation, quality improvement and engagement across the core activities of business schools.  In doing so, ABDC encourages mutual learning and continuous improvement in all that we do.

I invite you to find out more about ABDC, the collective voice of all Australian business schools.

Professor Ian Palmer
President

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