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Bernard Ramanantsoa, dean of HEC Paris, is to take on the additional role of chairman of Cems, the Community of European Management Schools.

Prof Ramanantsoa says he wants to promote the idea that cross-border educational collaborations can work, despite the failure of political initiatives in Europe.

On the agenda for Prof Ramanantsoa will be to determine how best the 17 European institutions that form the Cems partnership – including HEC in France, the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, SDA Bocconi in Italy and Esade in Spain – can best work with institutions outside Europe. At the moment there is a loose affiliation of overseas partners.

The Cems’s flagship programme is the MIM – the MSc in international management, taught at the 17 European business schools to the brightest and best students. Cems students speak at least three languages and have to work overseas to get their degree.

Cems partner corporations include Nestlé, UBS, Reuters, Deutsche Bank and Henkel.

Prof Ramanantsoa will take over as Cems chairman from Paul Verhaegen, professor of corporate finance at RSM Erasmus University.


Grenoble grows in India

Grenoble School of Management has significantly increased its presence and its activities in India. It has five partner business schools – IIM Bangalore, IMT Ghaziabad, IIFT, IILM and IMI, all in Delhi.

It opened an office in New Delhi in March and has delivered
an executive education programme for a technology company in Delhi.


Sáo Paulo in Babson link

The Brazilian business school FGV-EAESP in Sáo Paulo has received a fillip with the announcement that it has secured a partnership with Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. They plan to offer student and faculty exchanges, joint training programmes and projects for executive education and cultural exchange programmes. The Brazilian school has recently gained accredition from both the European Foundation for Management Development and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.



Monaco launches courses

The International University of Monaco is to launch open-enrolement executive courses.

Faculty from both IUM and around the world will take part in the programme series. The first – Doing Business in Monaco: Monaco Business Law – will be held in January and will look at the legal and commercial considerations of creating and running a business in the principality. Participants will also meet business leaders and politicians from Monaco.


Cass repeats programme

Following on from the success of its “The London Programme,” Cass Business School at City University, London, is to run a second in the spring. With Chatham House – a non-government organisation that promotes the understanding of current affairs and international issues – the school offered a joint executive education programme for executives and diplomats.


San Diego sees the future

An MBA in global entrepreneurship is to be offered by San Diego State University College of Business Administration. The one-year programme is described as the MBA future by dean Gail Naughton.

Participants begin their studies in California before spending 12-week blocks at the school’s partner universities in China, India and the Middle East. SDSU has partnerships with the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, the University of Hyderabad, United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology and the American University of Beirut and is negotiating partnerships with Chinese universities.


Audencia appoints two

Audencia Nantes School of Management has announced two appointments.

Jean-Philippe Muller will take over the new role of director of strategy and development. The position is part of the strategic plan that aims to double student and faculty numbers by 2010. The school also plans to have a complete range of international programmes by the end of the decade. Jean Charroin will take over Prof Muller’s former role of director of Audencia’s master in management programme.


Chinese speakers online

An online source of business management knowledge aimed at Chinese-speaking executives has been launched by the University of Maryland’s Robert Smith School of Business.

The website offers research articles, audio podcasts and downloadable video in English, Mandarin and simplified Chinese.


Ashridge validated

Ashridge management school in the UK has had its masters in executive coaching validated by Middlesex University, meaning the programme will launch in the spring. It hopes to attract practising coaches and consultants who want to demonstrate that they have a sound foundation of business experience, quantitative research and behavioural knowledge. On graduation participants will become accredited Ashridge coaches.


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