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“This signifies that our offerings are truly world-class.”

Deakin University’s Hallmarks initiative has been recognised as a driving innovation in business education by the world’s largest global education network, AACSB International.

AACSB International has selected Deakin Hallmarks to feature in the Innovations That Inspire initiative announced at its 2017 Deans Conference in New Orleans, USA, today (Tuesday 6 February). Deakin Hallmarks will be one of 35 international innovations that represent critical work being undertaken by business schools to better their communities and society at large.

Deakin Business School Executive Dean Professor Mike Ewing said it was a great honour to have Deakin Hallmarks recognised by AACSB International.

“To have Deakin Hallmarks recognised as being among the world’s driving forces in business education is welcome recognition that we are living our commitment to providing the best in business education,” Professor Ewing said.

“This international acknowledgement signifies to our students, alumni, employers and industry partners that they can be extremely confident that our offerings are truly world-class.”

The President and Chief Executive Officer of AACSB international, Tom R. Robinson, said this year’s Innovations That Inspire initiative highlighted the ground-breaking and commanding influence that AACSB’s member schools could have on the world when they focused their attention on creating impactful ideas for all of society.

“We are honoured to highlight Deakin Business School’s innovation as a pioneer in the business education landscape, and use them as an example for how AACSB’s schools are facilitators for innovation and leadership,” he said.

Deakin Hallmarks are awards that acknowledge outstanding achievement at degree level of skills that are prized by employers – communication, digital literacy, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, team work and global citizenship.

In 2016 Deakin Business School awarded Hallmarks in Communication in the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Hallmarks in Global Citizenship in the MBA.

Deakin Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor Beverley Oliver said at a time when graduates were finding it harder than ever to break into the workforce, formally recognising the sorts of skills employers demand was of critical importance.

“Hallmarks is one of Deakin’s key employability strategies that give our students a career advantage,” Professor Oliver said.

“Hallmarks are a form of work-integrated assessment. The assessment process for Hallmarks is developed and awarded in partnership with employers and industry to ensure the awards meet the expected standard in the working world.”

Hallmarks are awarded as digital credentials and the standards, criteria and evidence required for achievement are co-created with graduate employers and professional bodies. Once awarded, the Hallmark can then be shared on social media channels such as LinkedIn.

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Article originally published on Deakin.edu.au