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Dhillon School of Business

The renaming of the Management program at the University of Lethbridge to the Dhillon School of Business brings a lot of big positive changes to the program, and to its students. Now that the program has a name, it can better compete with larger universities in terms of name recognition and accreditation. The influx of additional resources also helps the development of new courses and programs that would further benefit students. The current programs like IME(Integrated Management Experience), SMIF (Student Managed Investment Fund), CPA Bridging program, and others are already available and already developing better students. The Dhillon School is now focusing on business and finance innovation, and with that in mind they have been developing FinTech programs. In the fall of 2018, they planned to introduce courses related to emerging financial technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as well as artificial intelligence. This is also just the start, as more initiatives and research opportunities will present themselves in the future.

Personally, I have taken most of these extra courses and incorporated them into my degree even to the extent of not needing them to graduate. There is so much added value to one’s personal and professional lives that these courses can provide in terms of real-world experience and development as a business professional. With the additional funding and resources that Mr Navjeet (Bob) Dhillon provided the school, I can’t wait to see how the students develop in the coming years.

"There are so much added

value to your personal and

professional lives that these

courses can provide"

The renaming of the school also came with the AACSB accreditation. AACSB has been synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB connects, shares, and inspires innovation and quality throughout the member network, as well as the business community. The collective strength of the organization is founded on diverse perspectives, a global mindset, and a commitment to making a difference. So joining this existing community of schools; to learn from and grow with, there will be more opportunities to grow existing programs and develop new ones. With the AACSB accreditation, you also get the benefit of graduating from an AACSB school, which can help on job applications after graduation.

Overall, this has been a positive change for the Management program, and a benefit to the University of Lethbridge becoming a destination university. It will be an exciting time for the next generation of students that will be attending the Dhillon School of Business to learn and grow with the new initiatives that the school will be providing.
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