Networking with the “Best in Business”

The ZHAW School of Management and Law is getting ready to establish a collegiate chapter of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma. Individuals demonstrating high academic achievement will be invited to become Lifetime Members and be part of a unique, worldwide “Best in Business” network.

beta_gamma_sigmaWe are pleased to announce that the Beta Gamma Sigma Board of Governors has approved our application to form a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) at the ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Our accreditation by AACSB International not only gives us access to high-ranking partner universities, it also entitles us to offer membership in BGS. This business honor society offers outstanding academic scholars and some members of faculty positive, lifelong recognition. The greatest resource available to BGS members are the more than 750,000 other members from over 160 countries. They are “Best in Business”, giving BGS members the unique opportunity to enhance their personal networks. A BGS membership has many other valuable benefits for students as well as for graduates throughout their professional lives.

The society was established as a merger of three separate societies (Beta Gamma Sigma at the University of Wisconsin, Delta Kappa Chi at the University of Illinois, and The Economics Club at the University of California) in 1913. Its name consists of the following elements:

Β           Beta is the initial letter of the Greek word BEBAEOS (Beb-i-os), which signifies honor.

Γ            Gamma is the initial letter of the Greek word GNOSIS (no-sis), which means wisdom.

Σ           Sigma is the initial letter of the Greek word SPOUDE (spoo-day), which means earnestness.

The logo of Beta Gamma Sigma is a key, which symbolizes the key to success by following the ideals of honor, wisdom, and earnestness.

The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.

The Society’s mission is supported by four objectives:

  • Encourage and honor academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in business programs accredited by AACSB International
  • Develop Beta Gamma Sigma members as student and professional leaders, and celebrate continuing leadership and excellence
  • Foster in Beta Gamma Sigma members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the Society: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, earnestness, and service
  • Connect Beta Gamma Sigma student and alumni members to each other and to opportunities in their professional lives.

Our BGS Collegiate Chapter will invite individuals to become BGS members in recognition of their academic achievement and to adhere to and cultivate the objectives of Beta Gamma Sigma. Eligible are:

  • The top 10% of BSc students
  • The top 20% of consecutive and continuing education MSc students
  • Some faculty members

The invitation process is strictly regulated. Details will be communicated in the near future.

Beta Gamma Sigma is yet another good reason for BSc and MSc students to keep working hard – in line with our School’s guiding principle, “Building Competence. Crossing Borders.” A membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can achieve. Needless to say, such a membership is an invaluable asset to any resume. The ZHAW School of Management and Law is currently the only university of applied sciences in Switzerland entitled to form a BGS chapter.

Save the date: The Chapter’s Installation and first Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, 26 February 2016, 5pm.
Contact: Christine Hallier, Daniel Ulrich, SML Staff Unit

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