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Dean of the Year 2010

CEEMAN President Prof. Danica Purg has been chosen as International Dean of the Year 2010.

Dean of the Year 2010

Prof. Danica Purg

CEEMAN President Prof. Danica Purg has been chosen as International Dean of the Year 2010 by the Academy of International Business (AIB), an international organization of scholars and specialists overseeing and promoting international business education around the world. She has received this award at the AIB 2010 Annual Meeting in Rio de Janeiro held on 26th of June, 2010.

As listed in the Nomination for the 2010 Dean of the Year Award, these were five main reasons why she was awarded the AIB's highest level of recognition:

  • The pioneering work she has done founding management education in Slovenia
  • The important contribution she has made in the region by founding and developing CEEMAN
  • Recognition of her never ending desire and ability to support others, with the result that she is a role model par excellence for deans, faculty members, and managers throughout the region and beyond
  • Her innovations in how management education is conceptualized, designed, and delivered
  • Her contribution to having the world recognize the powerful role that management education plays in the functioning of civil society, as exemplified by the President of the Republic of Slovenia awarding her the “Honorary Order of Freedom” in 2001.

 In making the announcement, Eleanor Westney, Dean of the AIB Fellows and Professor at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, said: “This Award recognizes both the importance and the variety of Danica Purg’s contribution: the foundation of one of Eastern Europe’s leading business schools in the IEDC-Bled School of Management and the global networks she has generated for this institution, her professional contributions in building the cross-border networks of deans and business school directors through CEEMAN, and her many innovations in business education.”

"I am honored to be selected for the award and to be recognized by the prestigious Academy of International Business, especially as being only the third European dean awarded," said Prof. Danica Purg. "I’m grateful to all of my colleagues and employees who inspired, motivated and helped me during the last almost 25 years. I am seeing this award as recognition to IEDC-Bled School of Management, to Slovenia and whole Central and Eastern Europe.” 

Past recipients of the International Dean of the Year Award are eminent deans of international business schools, such as Claude Rameau, INSEAD; Lauge Stetting, Copenhagen Business School; William Randolph Folks Jr., University of South Carolina; Robert Hawkins, Georgia Institute of Technology; Zhang Guohua, China Europe International Business School, and Norma Loeser, George Washington University.  

This news has been also presented in the Financial Times of June 24, 2010. 

More information about The AIB Academy is available at

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