Essec dean Pierre Tapie has announced that the French school will build a new campus in Singapore to extend the teaching of its degrees and executive short courses. However, Prof Tapie has also announced that he will not be dean when the campus opens in 2015 - he is stepping down from the job in 2013.

Essec has been teaching executive programmes in Singapore for seven years and has taught its Masters in Finance degree in Singapore for at least three. From January 2013, the school will teach its Grange Ecole Masters in Management degree in Singapore, and teaching of the school’s Executive MBA and full-time MBA programme will follow, in autumn 2013 and September 2014 respectively.

The plan is for students to elect to study in France or Singapore or in both, as well as having the option of studying with Essec’s partner schools - in the US, for example. For those who prefer, the whole of the Grande Ecole programme can be studied Singapore.

“Now it will be possible to follow the Grande Ecole programme 100 per cent at Essec without putting one foot on European land,” says Prof Tapie.

In future the school is also planning to launch specialised masters degrees in Asia, if the topic is appropriate. “It’s highly likely that we will create an executive MSc in health management (in Singapore),” says the dean. In addition, some elective modules on the existing degree programmes will be developed to reflect the growing interest in the Asian market. One example will be a six-month programme looking at the economics, history and culture of the region, combined with a strategic consultancy programme in an Asian company.

As part of the expansion, Essec is planning to hire 16 additional faculty, taking the total number close to 160. Eight of the new hires will be located in Singapore.

As well as signing an agreement with the Singapore government to build a new campus there, Essec has also just announced that will be teaching executive programmes in Mauritius, in a bid to be one of the early entrants into the growing African market.

Prof Tapie is the latest dean of a top French business school to announce his departure. In the past year ESCP Europe, EMLyon and Grenoble Graduate School of Business have all appointed new deans.

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