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The French business school Audencia is launching a manager-engineer diploma with local engineering school Ecole Centrale de Nantes. Audencia’s long-term aim is to extend the scheme to other engineering schools at this pre-experience masters level - it is already an element of several MBA programmes, particularly in the US.
Audencia is not the first French business school to realise the value of tying up with a top engineering school. In 2005 HEC Paris, arguably France’s most élite business school, forged links with the Ecole Polytechnique, one of the top French engineering schools, and Université Paris Sud, a vast university specialising in science, law, medicine and technology
The Audencia initiative, scheduled to begin in September 2008, will enable selected engineering students from Ecole Centrale to develop their business knowledge by spending 18 to 24 months at the business school in Nantes. This period will replace the final year of Centrale’s engineering programme. In exchange, students on the Audencia Master in Management programme will have the option of spending a semester at Ecole Centrale during their final year.
In the long-term Audencia believes that up to 50 engineering students from a range of partner schools could add its master in management degree to their engineering qualification.