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Center for entrepreneurship receives national recognition

  • The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was recognized for creating innovative programs.

Posted on May 02, 2017

The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) in the Seidman College of Business was recognized for leading the way in entrepreneurial education. 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized CEI for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders. 

AACSB-International is the premier accrediting body for business programs.  

"It is quite an honor to be recognized for the innovative programs and initiatives we offer that are designed to provide students broad, intellectual and practical skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge using skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration in real-world settings to help them develop an entrepreneurial venture," said Shorouq Almallah, director of CEI.

The Seidman College of Business is one of 35 business schools around the globe to be recognized. A total of 120 nominations were submitted by AACSB-accredited schools across 34 countries, all of which highlighted unique approaches to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in undergraduate and graduate students.

"This recognition reinforces the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in business curriculum," said Diana Lawson, dean of the Seidman College of Business. "Entrepreneurship programs help students build skills in creativity and innovation. Whether it is a new business or helping an existing business remain relevant, innovation and creativity are necessities for success."