Alumni of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) gathered at the Shangri-La at the Fort – Manila at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, Metro Manila on November 22, 2018 to join the celebration of the golden anniversary of Asia’s first international school of management.
AIM chairman Peter Garrucho Jr. summed up the milestones for this celebration. Fifty years ago, AIM pioneered in practitioner-based management education in Asia in partnership with Harvard Business School (HBS), Ford Foundation and captains of industry in the Philippines. AIM’s distinctive mark was its case method of teaching and learning, which was developed by HBS.
The guests included members of the AIM board of trustees and international board of governors. Among these was Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson, a retired professor of Harvard who was one of the co-founders of AIM in 1968. Dr. Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School, also sent his congratulatory message to the AIM community, as he stressed the significance of the close link between HBS and AIM.
The highlight of the event was the keynote speech of the Israeli scientist Dr. Dan Shechtman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in 2011 for his discovery of the quasi crystals. Although he was famous for his discoveries in chemistry, the lesson he imparted to the AIM community was about leadership.
During the program, the 50th anniversary coffee table book on the history of AIM was also launched.