WBS joins forces with ESSEC as part of university deal

28 March 2018

  • University partnership will see Business School join forces with ESSEC
  • Potential student exchanges and joint programmes with top French school
  • Also means new global alliance with schools in China, Japan and Brazil
  • Partnership will also lead to joint research projects between academics

The University of Warwick has signed and launched two major teaching and research collaborations with partner universities and colleges in Paris and Brussels that will see Warwick Business School working with ESSEC Business School.

The initiative commits Warwick to a close and active research and teaching alliance with French and Belgian partners despite the political and economic cleavages that Brexit could bring to future UK relations with continental Europe.

The University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft said: “Europe-wide research and teaching collaboration has helped transform the lives not just of our students and researchers, it has underpinned jobs, and spurred innovation and advances in health, manufacturing, culture and so much more.

"Politicians in and out of office in every country in Europe are still deliberating how the UK can still be part of that in future but we can’t afford simply to wait for that to be fully resolved.

"We chose to act now not just to show our commitment to work together in future but to begin work on a range of activities that delivers on such a commitment.

“I am delighted to be able to begin that work today as we join in partnership with colleagues from L’Université Paris Seine, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Warwick will be seeking opportunities to form further such partnerships with higher education institutions in other European countries that we hope will become a network of actively engaged students, teachers and researchers.”

Andy Lockett, Professor of Entreprenuership and Strategy and Dean of WBS, said:Warwick Business School is a leading European Business School, with a global outlook.

"Our staff are drawn from over 40 countries across the globe, and at a recent graduation we had 78 nationalities represented, from Austria to Zimbabwe. We are a school that has a truly international outlook, while maintaining a British tradition through the WBS experience.

"The school’s openness to diverse cultures and ways of working is an important way in which we seek to develop world-class research, and enables our students to graduate with a global outlook, which is something companies increasingly demand.

“With this in mind, we are delighted to begin a partnership with colleagues from L’Université Paris Seine, including ESSEC Business School, another world-class institution that shares our global outlook.

“The partnership will open up possibilities for student exchange for many of our programmes, with MSc Finance and the MBA already planned, and the chance of developing joint programmes.

“We are a founding member of the Council on Business & Society, a global alliance led by ESSEC and involving schools in Japan, China and Brazil to develop a multi-cultural approach on global issues through management education and research, bringing greater value to students, our stakeholders and ultimately society.”

The initiative was launched at WBS London at The Shard with the signing of agreements to commence work immediately on a detailed work programme of research and teaching partnerships that will be established in the next 48 months.

With L’Université Paris Seine the University of Warwick will: 

  • Develop a Joint Masters in Mathematical modelling aiming to be ready to take its first students in  the academic year 2019/20
  • Establish a collaborative Mathematics appointment - L’Université Paris-Seine will appoint a lecturer in Mathematics by the Autumn of 2018.  The post holder will spend up to three months a year at Warwick to interact with researchers in Warwick.
  • Create four Rutherford Fellowships for Early Career Researchers  with L’Université Paris Seine
  • Establish five reciprocal  joint PhD studentships
  • Create a series of student exchanges including a possible exchange between  ESSEC and WBS for students on MSc Finance programmes.
  • Mount two large academic conferences with L’Université Paris Seine (on Global Complexity in 2018 and Arts and Heritage in 2019).
  • Explore opportunities for a range of further research or teaching collaborations (or both) in a range of disciplines including: Business, cultural and media policy, applied linguistics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, education, and range of other arts and humanities areas.

With Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Warwick will:

  • Establish  a double Master of arts Degree (MA)  degree linking Warwick’s Politics and International Studies programmes with VUB’s Institute of European Studies Advanced Masters in European Integration  aiming to be in place by 2019/2020
  • Explore a bilateral exchange of students between Warwick’s Faculty of Social Sciences and VUB’s Bachelor of Social Sciences programme
  • Fund 2 Early Career Researchers  fellowships with VUB 
  • Begin to explore the establishment of five reciprocal  joint PhD studentships
  • Holding a series of impact events with Warwick’s Department of  Politics and International Studies at VUB engaging European policymakers
  • Explore research partnerships at VUB with Warwick researchers in subjects including Politics and International Studies, Law, Employment, and Allied linguistics among others
  • Explore a partnership between Warwick Medical School and VUB’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy around areas such as reproductive health

The agreements to form these partnerships with Warwick were signed today by Professor Croft, Professor François Germinet, Président of Université Paris Seine, and Professor Caroline Pauwels, Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Professor François Germinet, Président of Université Paris Seine said: “This is a real opportunity for us to create new partnerships in forerunning  areas of research, as well as set up new teaching programmes based on a combination of strong academic skills and soft skills. This alliance p is also important in the pursuit of academic excellence and will provide optimal benefit for the partners through academic and research development and support programmes.”

Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School, member of the University of Paris Seine, said:It is important today for our institutions to work together to produce cutting-edge knowledge and to train influential and responsible leaders who are attentive to new trends. With the call for expression of interest and this partnership, we will  construct a strong alliance with European Universities and Business Schools in order to be a major player on the international higher education stage and propose our students truly innovative and disruptive learning experiences."

Caroline Pauwels, rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel said: “This agreement is an opportunity for both our universities. Politicians in Europe may choose to go their own way, but we as academics choose to move in the other direction. We don’t build walls between our universities and societies. We break them down.”

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