”We hope that this donation will be of great use to Jönköping International Business School and its students,” said Arne Oscarsson.
The money will be used for scholarships for new doctoral candidates, and to develop a partnership with Babson College, USA. Babson College is the world’s leading business school in entrepreneurship and there are plans to launch a joint doctoral programme with JIBS. The donated funds will also be used to organize a doctoral course in entrepreneurship research.
“We have high ambitions to expand and further develop our already strong research training, and the donation is an important aid in this work. Our plans in collaboration with Babson College will strengthen our international profile, while maintaining close connections with the Jönköping region”, said Mattias Nordqvist, associate dean for doctoral programmes at JIBS.
The doctoral programmes are one of the most important areas of activity at JIBS. There are five programmes: Business Administration, Economics, Informatics, Statistics and Commercial Law. All have a focus on entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized enterprises, and developing regions.
In 2006, the foundation donated approximately 20.6 million SEK to JIBS. Among other things the money was used for research on entrepreneurship and enterprises.