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When You’re Smiling, The Whole World Buys With You

The power of a genuine smile has been proven, with research from the University of Newcastle and Monash University showing a ‘genuine’ smile from a celebrity endorser can boost product likeability and even improve consumer attitude toward a celebrity whose reputation has taken a hit.

Monash Business School’s Associate Professor Jasmina Ilicic in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s Dr Alicia Kulczynski and Associate Professor Stacey Baxter, found that a ‘Duchenne’ smile was seen among consumers as more genuine versus a ‘fake’ smile where only the corners of the mouth are raised.

The study, published in the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR), explored the impact of a celebrity with a “Duchenne” smile in a print ad on 340 consumers.

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MBA (Global) Agreement with LUISS Business School

The Faculty of Business and Law have signed an agreement with LUISS Business School in Rome for students that entitles students enrolled in the two-year MBA (Global) program the opportunity to complete a double degree qualification. A maximum of 10 MBA (Global) students per year will be permitted to enrol at LUISS Business School and live and study in Rome, where they can choose to partner their MBA (Global) program with either the Master of Fashion and Luxury Management or Master in Management and Technology programs. Students will receive full credit for their completed studies at each institution, resulting in the award of a double-degree.

LUISS Business School is EQUIS accredited and part of the School of Business and Management of LUISS Guido Carli University, located at the Villa Blanc campus in Rome, Italy.

Year 11 Business Plan Challenge

The 15th annual Year 11 Business Plan Challenge final proved to be another great success with all participants and attendees commenting on how interesting and rewarding the day was. It was also wonderful to see so much support from our University colleagues on the day, and the friendly interaction between audience, judges and finalists.

Our four finalist schools battled it out bravely before a prestige judging panel competing for a first prize of $2000 cash and a UoN scholarship offer. The three runners-up received $1,000 cash each with all finalist’s schools receiving $500 per school.

All four business plans presented were extremely impressive with the judges commenting on the innovation and planning detail shown by all.  An underlying theme of sustainability was also evident in all business proposals, making judging extremely difficult.

After much debate and unprecedented deliberation by the judging panel, the announcement of Augusta Bothma from Pacific Hills Girls Christian School as the 2018 winner made Augusta an extremely happy student.

Augusta’s winning plan - “Building Blocks” - narrowly edged out the other finalists due to her pitch of this innovative, practical and highly implementable business. Augusta’s vision related to a business that recycled plastic waste to produce an advanced, durable and tough building material with a mission to advance  sustainability and eco-friendly living in the building and construction industry while encouraging the protection of the environment.

Well done to all our finalists and a huge congratulations to Augusta on her NSW State win.

2018 Endeavour Grant Success

The 2018 Endeavour Mobility Grants were recently announced with the Newcastle Business School awarded funding of $101,500. The Grants will enable a minimum of 30 postgraduate and up to 10 undergraduate students to receive an international study experience in 2018. The Business School would like to congratulate Dr Tony Drew on his grant success for the project "Globalisation in China".

The Endeavour Mobility Grants are administered by the Department of Education and Training, and support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world. The mobility grants provide life changing opportunities for our students to access global learning and research opportunities, and develop global skills and perspectives.


14th Annual Western Economics Association International Conference (WEAI)

Close to 400 delegates from 35 countries arrived in Newcastle in early January for the conference, which shares the latest in cutting-edge international research within the field of economics. The conference provided a great opportunity for young and established researchers to hear from and connect with experts in their field, with topics ranging from consumer behaviour, wine to immigration. The keynote addresses were from some of the world's best economists, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Daniel McFadden, The conference provided the opportunity to showcase the world-class teaching and learning technology of NeW Space and introduce many of the delegates to the City of Newcastle.


2018 CAUTHE Conference Asks Delegates to Get Smart

Dr Tamara Young and Dr Paul Stolk from the Newcastle Business School, welcomed over 200 delegates from around the world to the 28th Council for Australasian Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education (CAUTHE) Conference.

The theme of the CAUTHE 2018 conference 'Get Smart: Paradoxes and Possibilities in Tourism, Hospitality and Events' invited delegates to share insights into the changing behaviours of tourists, visitors and residents. The conference featured key note addresses from leading academic and industry experts, alongside sessions and workshops ranging from destination resilience and crisis recovery to understanding new and emerging tourist markets.

Conference convener and senior lecturer in tourism, Dr Tamara Young, notes the 'Get Smart' theme was incredibly relevant to Newcastle as a city in transition, particularly Newcastle's growing reputation as a tourist destination including international recognition as a global smart city excelling in the challenges of the 21st Century. She notes 'Newcastle first hosted a modest version of CAUTHE 25 years ago, so it's exciting to bring global academic and industry professionals back to the city at the cusp of its transformation.'

The CAUTHE Conference provided an opportunity for industry engaged staff of the Tourism Discipline to build on their networks, with external sponsorship received from various organisations, including the Department of Industry, Crowne Plaza, Event Cinemas and the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group.


WiMBA Program Supports Women to Climb the Corporate Ladder

The first cohort of women selected to participate in a University of Newcastle initiative designed to redress the gender equity imbalance in senior management and executive positions, has been announced.

Driven by the university’s Faculty of Business and Law, the Women in Master of Business Administration (WiMBA) Scholarship program has partnered with leading Hunter organisations to help grow the female talent pipeline and foster positive economic growth for the Newcastle region.

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UoN Placed Top 150 in the World for Business and Economics

Times Higher Education (THE) recently released its 2018 subject rankings for Business and Economics with The University of Newcastle (UON) now placed in the top 150 in the world. UON is equal eighth in Australia for Business and Economics.

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Accreditation and Affiliation

The University of Newcastle’s Business School (NBS) has received international acclaim for its programs through accreditation from USA-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Learn more about our Accreditation and Affiliation here.


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