Brunel Business School secures over €300,000 to empower citizens

Professor Zahir Irani, the Head of Brunel Business School is pleased to announce that two more grants have been awarded to BBS. 

OASIS — Openly Accessible Services and Interacting SocietyFeb 2012 to Jan 2015:    Dr Habin Lee, Dr Vishanth Weerakkody and Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh. Grant Total €154,992. Total Project Funding from EU is € 1,926,767.

The OASIS project will facilitate access to information, public services and economic promotion by grouping online services in a unified portal following a user-centered logic. By federating services in a unique environment, the project will enable public administrations to utilise information from customers and businesses and adapt public services (e-services) to better meet the needs of citizens and businesses.

LiveCity — Live Video-to-Video Supporting Interactive City Infrastructure – Mar 2012 to Feb 2014:   Dr Habin Lee, Dr Vishanth Weerakkody and Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh. Grant Total €170,461. Total Project Funding from EU is € 2,259,149.

The aim of the LiveCity project is to empower citizens to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using high quality Video-to-Video communication over the internet. Video-to-video technology is used in the project to demonstrate how public sector services can be improved in five key areas: healthcare, city administration – smart cities, education, transport and cultural experience for tourists.

This represents another success for our world-class researchers and adds to the flourishing activities of Brunel Business School six world-renowned centres of research:

Alumni Network Dinner in Uxbridge

As part the Alumni Network, MBA students were invited to a dinner in the private dining room of the Nonna Rosa, an Italian Restaurant in Uxbridge. The dinner was hosted by Prof. Ashley Braganza, the Director of Alumni and Rankings, who gave a welcoming speech to the new Alumni, together with the MBA Programme Director Amir Sharif, and the Alumni Team.

MBA Dinner in Uxbridge

During the dinner, the attendees could discuss how they can make the best use of this lifelong resource, becoming active members of the network. Sayantan Das said: “Alumni dinners are a great way of getting the ex-students together. Being a part of the Brunel alumni gives you a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with old colleagues and make new ones. It can help immensely during a job hunt or even a relocation to an unknown country!”

 

The dinner gave students an understanding of what a privilege it is to belong to this powerful community, a truly global cross-industry network, and how they can benefit while still in their education and later when out of the school. It has been a truly pleasant evening, and for students an occasion to mingle with the Alumni and staff outside the classroom.

 

The Alumni Network has provided many valuable opportunities to make new friends for current and past MBA students, and this year’s students are looking forward to engaging with this talented community.

 Report by Flavia De Facendis, MBA Student

State of the art Business School building opens soon in Brunel University

We are proud to announce that work is being completed on Brunel University’s new flagship Eastern Gateway building, which will create a new home for the Brunel Business School. The move to the new building will begin in July 2012.

Aerial view of the Business School Building

Aerial view of the Business School Building

This £32m building has state of the art facilities with 7000m2 over four floors, with 4000m2 of custom designed space to house the school’s faculty, students and leading edge research activities.

The new home of BBS is environment friendly and has a strong focusing on energy saving: we will have biomass heating, automatic window control to provide natural ventilation, constant monitoring and control of Co2 levels and rainwater harvesting system, making our new home a very green environment to work and study in.

The striking design will provide a proud entrance to the University.