For many years, NEOMA Business School has been pursuing an ambitious international policy, establishing connections with 390 partner universities in 58 different countries.
The network currently consists of 88 percent accredited partners, including University of St Gallen, Tsinghua University, University of California Berkeley, Universita Bocconi, and Copenhagen Business School among many others.
Yet far from slowing down, the start of the 2022-2023 academic year in September will see the network expand by 18 new members from around the world, all of them accredited institutions. Among the new partner organisations are HEC Montréal, the University of Pretoria, the University of Porto and the Universidad de Monterrey.
NEOMA is broadening its network by targeting universities in destinations that are popular with the school’s students.
“By carefully analysing our students’ wishes for mobility, several trends have emerged and it seemed essential to us to focus our strategy on these most popular regions,” explains Céline Davesne, NEOMA’s Associate Dean for Programmes & International Affairs
The school’s global outlook is part of its two-pronged commitment to delivering a “Strong & Relevant” experience for students on all its courses.
“Our objective is twofold: to strengthen our network with prestigious and recognised institutions and to respond to the new aspirations of our students in terms of international mobility,” says Delphine Manceau, the Dean of NEOMA.
Widening the scope of the school’s international network is accompanied by an increase in the range of double degrees offered in the Master in Management (MiM) programme, with six new partnerships starting from the beginning of the new academic year, involving the University of Limerick in Ireland, UDLAP in Mexico, University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia and others.
In the final year of the MIM program, a new MSc “Sustainability Transformation” will be offered. This MSc combines academic contributions with concrete business dilemmas. It will allow students to be involved in real issues of positive transformation The track will include several features, including modules on corporate and social responsibility (CSR), and two exchange semesters in different countries, working with institutions recognised for their CSR expertise.
We have observed that some students from large institutions are beginning to doubt their ability to transform companies. Our approach aims to get them involved in the subject by helping them to move beyond good intentions.
Student employability will, as always, be a top priority of the school as it welcomes the new cohorts. To this end, NEOMA will recruit five sector experts and develop new career centre facilities.
Be it in-person or via remote learning, generalised or sector-specific, for a career in France or abroad, career guidance will be administered throughout the MiM course to all students. It now involves a minimum 50-hour-commitment for students, and a maximum of 300 hours, over three years.
NEOMA also provides access to professional certifications, which enable its students to stand out in the job market. The school offers professional certification on 60 percent of its Master in Science (MSc) programmes. By 2024, 100 percent of NEOMA’s MSc programmes will offer professional accreditations.
For example, the program will provide the opportunity to prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level III from the start of the next semester. This certification is considered to be the premier training for financial analysts and asset managers.
In addition to the program and the professional support systems development, Neoma will be enriching its student’s health and wellbeing services with two additional tools.
“D-Stress on Demand” is a series of virtual reality workshops that teach participants how to overcome anxieties that can interfere with their learning and social lives, for example, fear of air travel or public speaking.
“Feel Good on Demand”, offers interactive online modules which are accessible 24/7 on various aspects of wellbeing, from sport and nutrition to personal development and much more.
“The strategic dimension of student wellbeing is at the heart of the lessons we learned from the pandemic. It remains a reality even after the crisis has subsided,” says Manceau.
NEOMA inaugurated its Wellness Centre four years ago. The service currently employs eight people across the school’s three campuses.
Imen Mejri is the Director of the Programme Grande Ecole and professor of Finance at NEOMA Business School. She has previously served as Head of the MSc Corporate Finance.