Strathclyde Business School boosts global reach with new partnership
Strathclyde Business School is extending its international reach through a new partnership with French business school SKEMA, designed to create a new global power in business education.
Building on Strathclyde's existing reputation as a leading international business school, the partnership will see the institution’s nine business education centres from Singapore to Switzerland joined by SKEMA’s sites in China, India, Morocco, Russia, Australia and the US to create a global network of 15 campuses. Students from both institutions, numbering over 10,000 in total, will be given the opportunity to discover different cultures and learn new languages, gaining experience of different regional business practices by working closely with their counterparts and studying at each other’s international centres.
The business schools will be working together to undertake joint research and share resources, with leading academics from both institutions encouraged to move between sites to share knowledge with their international colleagues and develop links with global organisations.
Professor Susan Hart, dean of Strathclyde Business School, said, “We want to create an alliance that reaches every part of both institutions, drawing on our combined knowledge and strengths to conduct research, create connections and deliver world class executive education.
“SKEMA’s international presence will complement our existing network of nine centres worldwide and continue to develop our reputation as a leading global provider of executive education and producer of the international business leaders of the future.”
The collaboration will draw upon the French tradition of ‘les grandes écoles’ to deliver integrated executive MSc programmes supported by co-ordinated international student recruitment.
Beginning with the MSc in European Financial Management, scheduled for launch in 2013, future programmes will include a Masters in Global Management and a MSc in Tourism.
Professor Alice Guilhon, dean of SKEMA, said, “As a newly formed business school we want to build on our reputation to prove we are a new force in Europe with an international reach.
“Working closely with Strathclyde Business School we have endeavoured to develop a strong and dynamic partnership that goes beyond simple exchanges, providing our students with a truly global experience that will change their perspectives and give them real knowledge of different international business cultures."
SKEMA is one of Europe’s fastest growing business schools, having been created in a 2009 merger of Ceram Business School and Groupe ESC Lille. It is now the largest in France, with campuses in Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis near Nice and a combined student body of more than 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduates undertaking full and part-time study.