Dean Francisco Veloso addressed an audience of global Business School alumni in an Open House event. He explored the current challenges and how the Business School has been reacting these, from COVID-19 to racial equality. In relation to the lockdown that was imposed in the UK in March 2020, he discussed the three stages of transition the School has been through:
- Stabilisation – How the School reacted initially to transitioning to online teaching while ensure consistency of learning and remote exams in a very short space of time.
- Enhancement – How have we built on this, taking into account student experience and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our student population.
- Innovation – How can we take this learning to the next level, how can we build on what we have already achieved and innovate even further. What will blended learning for the future look like? It will take the best of digital delivery to create a hybrid multi-modal teaching environment at the forefront of education. As well as how we are continuing to engage with our alumni and external audiences through online events exploring current global scenarios and current Imperial research.
Alumni had the chance to pose questions which included:
- To what extent has the Business School partnered with private and public organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic via providing resource support or thought leadership?
- How can alumni help the school in its endeavours for equality and opportunity for all?
- Jobs and companies are dealing with unprecedented challenges and people losing their jobs. How can Imperial offer the opportunity of a network that can help ample networking opportunities? What are the steps?
- Do online classes give you more opportunity for interacting and doing projects for companies - so the course has more components that interact with real problems, corporate teams and current challenges?
"One of the things that is important to us is to be a School that is engaged with business and society and our main window to that is you, our alumni of the Business School. As we all move into a new way of connecting using digital tools, we can connect in different ways, and continue to learn from you, to hear from you and for you to hear from us. What you can count on is that we will continue to engage with you on this journey and give you the tools, opportunities, knowledge and learning that allow you to continue to be successful in your career - to explore new opportunities, take new risks and new challenges because we are a School that strives for innovation and entrepreneurship. Thank you for all your support to the Business School."
Our thanks to all the alumni who joined us and helped make this an engaging and productive exchange of ideas.