On January 17, 2024, Dean Chen Fangruo from Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), participated in the 2024 Positive Impact Rating (PIR) Summit at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Invited by the Positive Impact Rating (PIR) for Business Schools, Dean Chen joined over 40 business school deans and corporate leaders from 17 countries and regions to share insights and perspectives from Chinese business schools.

The summit, themed "Business Education for a Better World," invited only global Deans, CEOs, and students to meet to explore challenges and solutions to accelerate the change in business and management education. It focuses on challenges in educating responsible leaders and features sessions on positive impact mindset, adaptive innovation, stakeholder governance, and strategic transformation in business schools, offering a unique opportunity for networking and collaboration among thought leaders in business education from around the globe.

During the summit, Dean Chen emphasized the importance of sustainable development in the global trend and the need for business school faculties to adapt to these changes. He advocated for the inclusion of forward-thinking awareness in faculty evaluation systems to promote re-engagement and re-learning about sustainable development. This approach, he noted, is pivotal in driving a cultural change within business schools.

The PIR acknowledged ACEM’s significant contributions and interest in business schools. (Click for the PIR official release:


About the Positive Impact Rating (PIR) Association

The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) Association is an independent, not-for-profit Association in Switzerland, which makes students around the world assess their business schools on their positive impact. The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions. Initiated by a group of concerned business school experts, it is set up to be led by international student organizations to ensure that the PIR captures the student voice in each school. The Positive Impact Rating aims to foster collaboration, inspire deep change, and remove the competition and pressure of a traditional rating.

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