Business School team wins UN trip to Rio

15 May 2012

Business School masters students Sian Coleman and Daniel Cullum are off to Rio de Janeiro with their mentor Dr Ross McDonald after beating 20 teams from around the world in a United Nations competition.

The Department of Management and International Business team created an innovative sustainability leadership course for the United Nation’s global Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) LEADERS+20 Competition, which challenged entrants to design courses with sustainability in mind.

Their €13,000 prize includes a trip to Rio in June to present the winning course outline at a global forum during the UN Rio+20 Conference for Sustainable Development.

Ross says the team’s course design, “Managing change for a better world”, emphasises the need to work toward a greener world and the eradication of poverty.

“It uses an inside-out approach, from individual choices through to local and global choices, involving collaborative group work within the University setting and also in partnership with businesses and social enterprises working toward the common good,” Ross says.

The global challenge was presented to more than 100,000 students and their lecturers at universities and business schools worldwide. It asked them how universities can use management education to develop a new generation of leaders with the ability to handle social challenges including a growing world population, climate change and scarce water, food and energy.