ESSEC Business School Forms Partnership with École Centrale Paris: MBA News |

ESSEC Business School Forms Partnership with École Centrale Paris: MBA News

By QS Contributor

Updated June 15, 2014 Updated June 15, 2014

ESSEC Business School in France has negotiated an alliance with the engineering university École Centrale Paris in order to bring about future pioneers of digital engineering and management. The partnership will give both schools joint access to the other’s campus resources, as well as introducing a shared curriculum and joint research.

École Centrale Paris is a university belonging to the Paris-Saclay Idex, an initiative of excellence set up by the former French president Nicholas Sarkozy in order to promote world-leading research and teaching in France’s higher education institutions. The school, home to 2,200 students, specializes in research within energy, mechanics, applied mathematics, applied physics, and information technology as well as industrial engineering, management and economics.

The alliance is a strategic one for ESSEC Business School, aiming to give tomorrow’s business graduates an insight into managing in a digital world. Jean-Michel Blanquer, dean of the Cergy-Pontoise campus of ESSEC Business School tells the Financial Times that as a business school rooted in “pioneering spirit”, “the idea is to have the digital managers of the future.”

Jean-Michel Blanquer says alliance with École Centrale Paris will allow students to choose study paths

Ranked 28th in Europe according to MBA employers in 2013/14, ESSEC Business School prides itself on its innovative and international teaching methods. The school boasts a campus in Singapore which was inaugurated in 2005 and is currently being extended.

The plan for the future, strengthened by the new alliance with the École Centrale Paris, is to allow students to choose their own study paths. This ‘design learning’, according to Jean-Michel Blanquer, encourages students to pick routes of learning for themselves and, even if particular courses do not yet exist, students are encouraged to ask their professors to design new ones.

ESSEC Business School  is also launching ‘fab-lab’ in September this year; an initiative to give students and faculty access to all the latest technologies as well as up-to-date ways of learning and research. The fab-lab will take place on all three of ESSEC’s campuses, Cergy-Pontoise, Paris and Singapore, and will be run in alliance with the Digital Institute at École Centrale Paris.

To find out more about Dean Jean-Michel Blanquer’s vision for the school, go to the website.

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This article was originally published in February 2014 . It was last updated in June 2014

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