After China, most recently the India and the emerging countries, the last land of conquest for business schools"of the old Continent could well be called... the United States. Edhec plans, Iese Spain's did, others are thinking. But it is Skéma that took a step ahead, in alliance with North Carolina State University (NCSU) and in settling on its huge campus (35 square kilometres), in Raleigh. A first for a French school.
Result of the merger of the ESC Lille and Ceram in Sophia-Antipolis, Skéma completely renovated a building capable of 250 students. A key, 2,000 square meters rooms equipped with latest equipment: interactive tables, automatic podcast system, computers equipped with touch screens, videoconferencing... The school collaborates with Microsoft, which deploys the latest educational tools. Even the seats, that can be stowed between them for mini, directly from the laboratories of Steelcase, the manufacturer. In total, an investment of EUR 2 million for the group. In addition, the NCSU campus located near Research Triangle Park, the largest technopole of the United States and the second advanced behind Silicon Valley Research Center.
"Our ambition is to be a comprehensive school, which form skills for the knowledge economy and that meets and the expectations of the business, says Alice Guilhon, Director General." This is why we we are introducing here where develops the knowledge of the future: technology parks, business parks or areas to growth - as Suzhou in China, where we have opened a campus last year.
This new site is first intended for the students of Skéma. As early as January, he allowed in 210, come for a semester course their M1, M2, or master's degree in finance, by teachers of the school. The opportunity for them to participate in the life of the campus (volunteer activities, for example), to meet American students and also to take advantage of the sports facilities of the State of the art, the Museum Library... "Many students dream of studying in the United States but do not always lack of opportunities for home, finds Régis Brandinelli, Deputy Director-General. We offer this opportunity to nearly 500 of them each year, for an additional limited.
Of course, immersion is less extensive than a classical studies stay. But the device should evolve. "Little by little, our students can take courses at NCSU, says Alice Guilhon.". We will recruit more and foreigners. And by 2015, we will have truly multicultural classes. "Already this year, all students followed two weeks with American professors. They may also accumulate stay in Raleigh and academic exchange.
"This trip is a gateway to the US market, welcomes Thomas Pellier, third year student. And for us students, the approach is unique. We are an international school which has foothold in the United States. They appreciate greatly.
NCSU, it is true, the initiative falls to: growing the University, which has less than 10 of foreign students, wants to open up more. "Our students do not really have the habit to go abroad, acknowledges Ira Weiss, Dean of the College of management in Raleigh." The French are more curious and more international. The arrival of Skéma opens new horizons for Europe and even China. We will be able to send some of our students. "A common bachelor could also see the day the next year, with two years in France and two in the United States. Skéma is however not stop there. By 2012, the school plans to build new premises on the site. And it plans to launch other projects in India and the Brazil in 2014.