The EFMD chooses Barcelona and UPF to hold the 2015 International Executive Education Conference

Barcelona and, more specifically, the business school at Pompeu Fabra University, UPF Barcelona School of Management, will host the 2015 EFMD Management Development Conference. The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is a leading international organization for business schools and companies, with 830 members across 82 countries. It oversees the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems and is a key reference for the Management Development Sector and business schools.

The announcement was made in October at Switzerland's St. Gallen University, site of the annual EFMD conference, with over 100 participants between management development professionals and business schools. Over the course of three days, these individuals take part in conferences and debates with a view to reflecting and discussing the present and future challenges facing business, the economy in general and the Management Development Sector. In addition to UPF Barcelona School of Management, participants include London Business School; Queen's School of Business; Victoria University of Wellington; Swiss Reinsurance; Vlerick Business School; Mannaz; Amcor; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Duke Corporate Education and HKUST Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, among others. 'It is a meeting point where large companies and business schools can discuss matters such as leadership models, talent development, innovation, organizational training and operational excellence. The idea, in short, is to reflect and exchange experiences on corporate education in order to learn about new trends and establish new teaching models for training and preparing tomorrow's executives', explains Daniel Serra de la Figuera, Dean of UPF Barcelona School of Management.

Serra thanked the EFMD for placing its trust in UPF as the official site of the next international conference. 'For us it is an honour and pleasure to host this meeting in Barcelona, which will also help shed light on the high level of training in our city.'