New sustainability tick for Griffith MBA

Dr Nick Barter says the Green Gown nomination is an acknowledgement of how the Griffith MBA has evolved.
Dr Nick Barter says the Green Gown nomination is an acknowledgement of how the Griffith MBA has evolved.

The Griffith MBA has been named in the finalists of the 2013 Green Gown Awards Australasia. It is one of four finalists nominated in the Learning and Teaching category.

The tick for the MBA is one of three nominations for Griffith University in what is regarded as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice in universities and colleges.

“This nomination is an acknowledgement of how the MBA has evolved at Griffith University,” MBA Director, Dr Nick Barter, said.

“At a time when the move towards sustainability is increasingly evident in all walks of life, it is a significant honour to be recognised by our peers as a genuine leader in this field.”

The Griffith MBA embodies three values: responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and global orientation.

“These are values not traditionally linked with MBA programs, but our program prepares students to become responsible leaders of financially, environmentally and socially sustainable organisations.

“Students not only get a clear and informed understanding of how to run and manage a business, they do this while exploring responsibility, sustainability and what it means to succeed in the Asian century.”

Griffith MBA is going from strength to strength with latest semester two figures showing a 55% rise in commencing students compared with the same period last year. Overall for 2013, MBA numbers are up 34% for semesters 1 and 2, compared with 2012.

Griffith Business School launched the MBA for Life and the MBA App in May, initiatives designed to keep people in business tuned into the latest industry thinking and developments.

“No one is going to say they want to be less responsible in the future. History shows organisations have taken on more and more responsibility over time,” Dr Barter says.

“No one is going to say let’s use up more resources, more quickly. Sustainable business practice is here to stay.”

Griffith University has also been nominated in the category titled Continuous Improvement — Institutional Change for ‘Leadership focused on sustainability’.

In a third acknowledgement of Griffith’s achievements in this field, Delwyn Langdon, manager of the Eco Centre on Griffith’s Nathan campus, received an individual nomination for an ACTS Award for Excellence.

The Green Gown finalists were announced by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney on September 26.

ACTS is a non-profit member-based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand. It aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector.