Internet search company Google is going back to business school with a sponsored chair in e-business at France’s most famous business school, HEC. The Google@HEC chair represents the first time that Google has invested in a business school, although the company is particularly popular with MBA graduates.

As part of the package students on both the first and second year of the school’s flagship Masters in management degree will take classes in e-business and students from other engineering design and management will be invited to HEC for “Start-up weekend”.

HEC dean Bernard Ramanantsoa described the agreement as a way of developing e-business training in France and Europe. “The launch of the ‘Google@HEC’ Chair illustrates HEC Paris’ commitment to training the future leaders and entrepreneurs of Digital Business. This partnership offers us a unique opportunity to develop our e-business training. It will certainly promote Digital Entrepreneurship to our students and beyond.”

HEC is working increasingly closely with some of France’s most renowned higher education institutions as part of the Paris Saclay cluster, a concentration of universities and businesses that have been encouraged to collaborate by French president Nicholas Sarkozy, in order to create higher education institutions that can compete globally.

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