Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris) launch the Solvay-Ponts MBA Programme - a flagship programme for innovation management in a global economy

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The ULB's Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris) launch the Solvay-Ponts MBA Programme – a flagship programme for innovation management in a global economy


On Thursday 20 June, Didier Viviers, rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Armel de La Bourdonnaye, director of the École des Ponts ParisTech, signed an agreement forming a global alliance around their MBA programmes. The first stage will see the launch of a joint full-time MBA in September 2013 – it will concentrate on innovation management and entrepreneurship across four continents.

How can we create value from technology? In the current context of global competition, that is the question that innovative companies are asking their executives and directors. This question is also a key concern for ENPC MBA Paris and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. These two institutions have offered MBA programmes for 26 and 23 years respectively and have trained many decision-makers who were ready to take up the challenges presented by globalisation and accelerating technological advances. And now the two schools are forming a strategic alliance through their MBA programmes.

Tawfik Jelassi, Dean of the ENPC MBA, explains: "ENPC is one of the world's biggest engineering schools training managers and leaders for better businesses. SBS-EM trains its students in management while providing them with a strong scientific background. So our partnership is legitimate and credible from the very outset as we are aiming to expose course participants to technology… which is part of our DNA!" The new joint full-time MBA will launch at the start of the academic year in September 2013. The academic directors of the two schools have designed a programme that is very much oriented towards innovation and business creation. Both schools will make use of their own specialised centres in this regard: the Design Thinking Centre at the Ecole des Ponts and the Entrepreneurship Centre at SBS-EM.

ENPC MBA and SBS-EM decided to join forces now to create more value for their graduates. "It's all very simple", said Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Dean of SBS-EM. "We are combining the greatest strengths of our MBA programmes to create a full-time, and later a part-time, programme. What are these strengths? The quality of our programmes is recognised internationally, they have EQUIS and AMBA accreditation and they are offered by institutions that enjoy considerable prestige in their own countries. Besides, our joint MBA will have the added bonus of being located in Paris, one of Europe's main business centres, and Brussels, the capital of Europe."

This course will certainly contribute value in terms of reputation. European business schools are currently facing stiff competition from universities and schools with tens of thousands of students. The number of graduates is now a determining factor for a school's reputation, bringing recognition by international rankings and companies, plus the clout of a powerful alumni network. On top of these advantages, participants in the Solvay-Ponts MBA will have access to an enhanced careers service to further their professional development.

The joint MBA programme will also bring students added value in terms of intercultural experience, helping them to develop the openness they need to succeed in a globalised economy and manage teams with different origins. The Solvay-Ponts MBA will build bridges between four continents: alongside their lectures in Paris and Brussels, MBA participants will be able to take part in study trips and classes – with no additional registration fees – in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Casablanca. The programme's teaching model is one of a kind: each subject is taught by a different guest lecturer from one of a number of top-class universities throughout the world. Besides, international students from all four corners of the globe account for 80% of the student intake for ENPC and Solvay's courses, which are taught entirely in English.


Practical details about the Solvay-Ponts MBA

►Duration: 15 months

►Curriculum: 15 compulsory subjects and 4 electives to be chosen from a list of 11 options, plus 2 international study trips


- 5 months in Brussels

- 5 months in Paris

- 5 months to do an internship, draw up a business plan or perform consultancy activities

- A personalised career programme throughout the course

- Teaching sessions are organised in "blocks", giving students the option of living in one city and commuting to the other for a 4-day "block" of classes

►Course fees: €32,000 for the full-time course, €40,000 for a flexible format (spread over 2 or 3 years). The cost of registration for the associated programmes (Morocco, China, Vietnam) and study trips (Silicon Valley and Shanghai) is included in the course fees, but the logistical costs are not.

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