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50th anniversary conference to explore higher education's contribution to inclusive development

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A conference in South Africa this month will explore how higher education can show value to society through 'inclusive development'.

'The Contribution of Business Schools and Universities to Inclusive Development in Europe and Africa', at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies from 19 - 20 April, brings together influential higher education leaders and researchers. Speakers include:

You can find out more and book your place on the conference website external website.

A 'social contract'

Professor Rajani Naidoo, co-organiser with Samanatha Walbrugh-Parsadh from Stellenbosch, hopes the conference will encourage constructive dialogue on a new 'social contract' between governments, citizens, higher education and corporations.

"This could make a genuine contribution to inclusive development," she says. "The great challenges that we face in the world today involve the intersection of political, social and economic factors that interact within and across countries.

"One of the strengths of the conference is that it has attracted researchers from political economy, management, education, sociology and psychology which enables us to look holistically at solutions."

The conference will focus on two core themes.

Higher education's contribution to inclusive development

For Rajani, inclusive development is development which fights growing inequality, conflict and our effect on the environment. We can measure it by

The conference will examine the potential of business schools and other higher education institutes to contribute to inclusive development. This includes research, teaching, community engagement and leadership.

Inclusive development of higher education itself

The second core theme will look at diversity and equality in higher education. This will address the social inclusiveness of the student body, and diversity among academic faculty and leadership.

Leading higher education leaders and researchers

Keynote speakers

Plenary speakers

You can find more information about speakers, themes and presentations on the conference website external website.

The conference is part of the University of Bath's 50th Anniversary celebrations, organised in collaboration with

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.