Africa as an Emerging Market for Executive Education

The recent UNICON conference in South Africa provided a glimpse into the potential of the African Continent as a market for University-based Executive Education.  The topic is of a great deal of interest to UNICON members.  Is Africa the next great opportunity for executive education?  How does a provider based in The Americas, Europe or Asia assess the opportunity?  What are the unique challenges associated with providing executive education in Africa?  These were just some of the questions we asked several UNICON members who are familiar with the market. Full Story

   2015 Team Development Conference Theme Announced

This year's conference theme will be: "Driving and Managing Growth by Building High Performing Teams".

The conference will be held December 2-4 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Rizzo Conference Center.

Details to follow ...

  New FaceBook Page Centers on Conference Attendees

So far, anyway.  We've posted three sets of photos from recent conferences. UNICON members are welcome to forward photos you wish to appear on the UNICON FaceBook page to the webmaster at; be sure to identify the date, location and individuals in the photos.  Check out our new FaceBook page!

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 A Culture of
Continuous Learning

Kelly Bean is Chair of the UNICON board, and is Associate Dean of Executive Education at UCLA’s Anderson School where she designs, develops and often teaches executive education programs.

Dear UNICON Colleagues,

As I approach the homestretch of my term as UNICON board chair, I have been reflecting on the quality of the individuals I’ve met from the University-based Executive Education industry.  A few themes have emerged from my interactions with executive education colleagues around the world:

  We practice what we preach. 

Not only do we help our organizational partners develop their skills, leadership attributes, and strategic acumen, but we also take very seriously the need to grow and develop ourselves.  I have rarely seen a group of individuals so completely committed to self- improvement.  The quality of your participation in conferences, webinars, LinkedIn discussions and other interactions, never ceases to amaze me.  I am inspired by you and grateful for your optimism and energy.

  We are devoted to the development of our own teams and put enormous time and effort into ensuring that we generously and selflessly transfer our knowledge to our team members. 

This transfer of knowledge ensures that the next decade of University- based Executive Education will be even more exiting, dynamic and expansive than the last one.

  As an industry, we never stop looking for ways to improve our clients’ learning experiences. 

There is a palpable restlessness among you to use every tool available to create learning that is impactful, memorable, and immediate.  This struck me most powerfully when I began reading about SPOCs a few months ago.  It occurred to me that while other areas of higher education struggle with how to turn SPOCs into an effective business model, we’ve been doing it for many years.  This realization prompted us to speak with some University-based Executive Education experts on the topic of SPOCs.  I think you will find the resulting article to be both informative and affirming. 

SPOC article link ...

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MOOCs Have Had Their Day

By John Ross

Published: November 20, 2014

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