Innovating the Art of Leadership
The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (Lok Jack GSB) was established in 1989, as a collaboration between The University of the West Indies and the private sector. Then called the Institute of Business and located in Tunapuna, the School was later endowed in 2005 by the Arthur Lok Jack Foundation and gained other sponsorships from Republic Bank Ltd, Yara Trinidad Ltd, The Neal & Massy Group, Guardian Holdings Ltd and businessman Byron Gopaul. This allowed the school to move to its new state of the art facility in Mt. Hope.
The Lok Jack GSB's Motto is the words-Innovatus Ars Ducendi, which essentially means Innovating the Art of Leadership. We have been the premiere graduate school of business in Trinidad and Tobago for more than 20 years, and now, we adopt a new challenge: to become the premiere business education institution of the world. To this end, we are aggressively pursuing the goal to become the first Caribbean educational institution to hold the 'triple crown' of business school accreditation.
The Business School continues to be committed to providing the best leadership and management education available in the Caribbean by offering internationally recognised MBA programmes, which are accredited by the Association of MBA's (AMBA) in the UK. The Business School had the honor in 2012 to be recognised for its MBA in Sustainable Energy Management by this accrediting body, for having one of the 4 most innovative programmes in the world. Recently the Business School was the first graduate school in the country to be accredited for the longest period of accreditation-7 years, by the ACTT and also recently placed 2nd in the category for excellence in research capacity from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
With the guidance and support of our Board of Directors, we now have a unique student selection process, a rigorous and ambitious programme to select and retain faculty with the highest academic credentials, and a portfolio of programmes and research initiatives that are relevant and significant for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, helping to position our graduates as leaders in the global context.
The Lok Jack GSB has trained and developed more than 20,000 people locally, regionally and internationally and has even gone as far afield as Botswana, Swaziland and the Seychelles. They have also been listed as one of only three centres of excellence in the Commonwealth. The School has three physical locations in Trinidad and Tobago and operations in Guyana and Suriname, and offers programmes online as it endeavors to spread world-class knowledge throughout the Caribbean.
Professional Development and Business Advisory services, In-company Training, Customised programmes, Psychometric and Aptitude Testing, Succession Planning, and Coaching and Mentoring are provided by the Executive Education, and Assessment Centre and Institutional Effectiveness Unit, with these offerings continuing to complement the formal academic programmes with accessible learning experiences aimed at the full range of business professionals in the marketplace.
At the Lok Jack GSB we know that as a premier tertiary education institution, we do not have the luxury to be slow or incremental as we demonstrate the model of change to our students. We are radical in our approach to innovate programmes and undertake research with a clear forward looking focus and thus we have developed an impressive list of Master's Programmes which include:
- The International MBA (offered in Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana)
- The Executive MBA (offered in Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana)
- International Master of Strategic Marketing
- Executive Master of Strategic Human Resource Management
- Master of Human Resource Management
- MBA in International Trade, Logistics and Procurement
- Master of Science in International Finance
- Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management (online)
- Master of Port and Maritime Management (online)
- MBA in Sustainable Energy Management
- International Master of Business Development and Innovation
- Doctor of Business Administration
Conferencing and rental facilities are available to the public, and the Business School is well known for hosting its high calibre of conferences, such as the Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference (DLIC), with speakers such as Marcus Buckingham, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Porter, John Kotter, and Gary Hamel; The Women in Leadership Conference; the Regional Forum on Cluster Development and the Caribbean Sales Convention.
The Lok Jack GSB is taking steps to develop and foster the entrepreneurial skills of its students and alumni, as it launched the Commercial Business Incubator called the BizBooster, which is essentially meant to provide business and support services to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to develop those ideas and launch their own sustainable businesses.
The Business School also has five Research Centres: the Centre for Competitiveness; the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship-which collects the data for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report; the Centre for Corporate Responsibility; the Centre for Business Analytics and Intelligence and the Leadership Institute. They currently enjoy partnership with the World Economic Forum for the annual Global Competitiveness Report, a network member of the Fraser Institute in the production of the Economic Freedom of the World Report; a Centre of Excellence for Training and Development for the Commonwealth Secretariat; the Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness of the Harvard Business School, George Washington University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
With some of the best faculty-drawn locally and internationally, world class facilities, diverse student population, impressive list of alumni, great networking opportunities and accreditation, the Lok Jack GSB MBA's, programmes and conferences are in high demand, as they offer personal development, financial returns, increased competency, and the programme content takes a practical approach to learning, has ample e-learning support, and contains locally relevant material.
We stand committed to prepare our students to solve problems, create jobs and fill jobs that still do not exist. We are proud to be the innovator of leadership education, creating leaders for the present and for the future.