Kingston University is well placed to meet the challenges of the rapidly-developing business education sector, according to the latest addition to its senior management team. Professor Jean-NoÃ«l Ezingeard, who has just taken up his post as the new Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, said the Universityâ€™s emphasis on equipping students with a combination of applicable knowledge and practical skills meant it was perfectly poised to sustain a strong track record in graduate employability. Internationalising education is another subject close to Professor Ezingeardâ€™s heart and he is keen to see Kingston consolidate its position in the global marketplace.
Professor Ezingeardâ€™s previous position was at Henley Management College where he was Academic Dean and Professor of Processes and Systems Management. He believes his less conventional route into business education – he hails from an engineering and information systems background rather than business management – will complement the Universityâ€™s approach to teaching and research. â€œOrganisations that thrive are those that donâ€™t just have a good technical base but genuinely understand how to manage processes, people and technology,â€ he said. â€œThat is why I find the research ethos at Kingston particularly refreshing – itâ€™s based on a practical premise of producing rigorous knowledge that is useable rather than concentrating predominantly on academic arguments.â€
Kingstonâ€™s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Scott said the University would benefit enormously from Professor Ezingeardâ€™s aptitude for academic leadership and high-quality research. â€œThe Faculty is at a key stage in its development, ready to make substantial advances in international expansion, research and business development and Jean-NoÃ«l possesses the perfect profile to take this forward,â€ he added.