Exec Ed Roundup: Imperial College Business School, ESMT Berlin, EHL Switzerland

An aerial view of EHL’s new eco-friendly campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Courtesy photo)


On July 8, EHL, a hospitality business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, unveiled its new 80,000-square meter campus in a special inauguration ceremony.

“The jewel of sustainable and eco-certified architecture aims to create a holistic university village that is open to the local community, encourages interactions between students, professors and professionals, while offering an exceptional living environment to study,” the schools says in a release.

Following a call for proposals in 2013, more than 385 students from nine schools of architecture and landscape design around the world submitted campus design ideas. Of those, 20 students and their professors were selected and invited to Switzerland to meet EHL students and learn about their expectations and aspirations for the new campus.

The campus took five years and 250 million Swiss francs to build. It features nearly 1,000 student beds, 12 food outlets, first-rate sports facilities and more. In line with EHL’s corporate social responsibility goals, the new campus offers a natural ecosystem with an organic orchard, a 2,500-square meter educational garden with more than 250,000 bees, 44 geothermal probes and an innovative wastewater heat recovery system, and solar panels covering an area equivalent to three Olympic-sized swimming pools. EHL has already offset 58% of its carbon emissions from construction works and expects to fully offset carbon emissions by 2024.

Learn more here or watch a video from its July 8 inauguration below.



Imperial College Business School of London will launch two new executive education programs in partnership with Corndel, a U.K.-based training provider offering organization training gin management and technology.

The Data-Driven Professional Program is for professionals working across core business functions such as HR, marketing, finance and operations. The program is designed to enhance data literacy and empower students to make quicker and smarter decisions through data and business intelligence. The 14-month program is delivered through a blended learning format.

The more specialized Data Analyst Program trains professionals to prepare and analyze large amounts of data and to build predictive tools with machine learning, AI and data science. It is an 18-month, blended format program.

“Strategic, impactful and scalable data skills are increasingly critical for business performance and the economy at large. Imperial College Business School is delighted to expand our partnership with Corndel in this major initiative to address the UK’s data skills gap,” says David Brown, director of executive education at Imperial, in a release. “At Imperial, we are committed to increasing access to leading edge thinking and application for businesses and organizations. We help individuals translate learning into practice and make a difference immediately.

“In partnership with Corndel, we will be able to deliver critical business skills development at speed and scale.”

Learn more about both programs here.


Early this month, ESMT Berlin created a new professorship in sustainable accounting to measure and report ESG components within the field.

Per Olsson

Per Olsson, professor of accounting, was named the inaugural Post DHL Group Professorship in Sustainable Accounting. Olsson was the director of the Center for Financial Reporting and Auditing from 2015 to 2022. Prior to joining ESMT, he was on the faculty of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has published a large number of research papers in financial accounting and is a frequent speaker in academic and industry forums on matters related to earnings quality. He is a member of the European Accounting Association and the American Accounting Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research. He is an associate editor of Accounting and Business Research and has served on the editorial boards of several top accounting journals.

“For companies and CFOs today, it is no longer sufficient to focus only on financial performance when driving business decisions. In the future, CFOs and their financial organization have to be able to disclose business related impacts on the environment and society in a transparent way. This requires business know-how and an understanding of sustainability,” says Melanie Kreis, CFO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, in a release. “With the new professorship in sustainable accounting, ESMT is combining both disciplines and training much-needed talent. I am convinced that they can successfully accelerate the climate-friendly transformation of the economy.”

A special inauguration ceremony will take place in October. Read more about Olsson here.


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