As well as encouraging collaborative research and student exchanges, the partnership will seek to develop two ‘dual degree’ models for undergraduates, and enable students and staff from both institutions to work overseas. As part of this move, the KEDGE campus in Suzhou, near Shanghai in Eastern China, will be opened to Aston students.
The partnership will have a particular focus on internationalisation, and an early project will involve developing a European Executive Doctorate, aimed at those working with contemporary business challenges.
It is also planned to co-create an MBA in the fields of health, arts/creative industries, and manufacturing technologies. Aston’s School of Engineering and Applied Science will develop hybrid programmes in topics such as Big Data, and there will be common research around “Smart Cities”.
In addition, the institutions will look at the potential for delivering a joint Masters Programme in Business Analyticsat the KEDGE Business School campus in Paris, while KEDGE will deliver its Innovation & International Purchasing MSc in blended learning at Aston University.
A Memorandum of Understanding, formalising the new partnership, was signed on May 18th.
Aston, in Birmingham, prides itself on its high teaching standards and links with industry. Last year it achieved the highest possible award, Gold, in the official TEF league tables, and was named as one of Britain’s top two universities for boosting graduate salaries.
KEDGE Business School is a truly global operation, with ten campuses spread across three continents, including two in China and one in Senegal, West Africa. It aims to transform people, organisations and environments on a global scale. KEDGE is ranked among the best European Business Schools in FT rankings and is at the top of French business Schools tables.
Professor George Feiger, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Aston Business School, said:“Our students, staff and business partners operate in a global environment and, as such, it is vital that educational institutes take a global perspective too, if they are to remain relevant. Our partnership with KEDGE will bring benefits to both institutions, opening up exciting new opportunities for students and staff alike, and delivering Aston’s expertise to a broader, international audience.”
The Director-General of KEDGE Business School, José Milano, said: “As our recent successes in the Le Point rankings show, KEDGE’s focus on teaching innovation and research expertise, coupled with our international drive, ensures our students are equipped for professional life in the 21st century. In Aston University, we have a partner with a similarly ambitious outlook, and we look forward to learning from each other and building a relationship that brings benefits to staff, students and the world beyond.”
The partnership further extends KEDGE’s already impressive global footprint, while opening up overseas opportunities for staff and students at Aston. KEDGE has campuses in France, China and Senegal, while Aston has strong links with China, Hong Kong, India and Oman, and has more than 250 partnerships in 45 countries. Aston was recently ranked as the 33rd Most International University in the world.
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About Aston University
Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long-established research-led university known for its world-class teaching quality, and strong links to business and the professions. Aston University is located in Birmingham, and Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.
Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for more than 25 years, and its students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.
Its strong relationships with industry partners mean Aston understands the needs of employers, which is why it is ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.
About KEDGE Business School
KEDGE is a leading French business school with four campuses in France (Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles and Toulon), three abroad (Shanghai, Suzhou and Dakar) and three partner campuses (Avignon, Bastia and Bayonne).
The KEDGE community is made up of 12,600 students (including 25% coming from abroad), 183 professors (including 44% coming from abroad), 275 international academic partners and 57,000 alumni around the world. KEDGE offers 36 programmes in management, designed for students and industry professionals. It also provides tailor-made educational programmes for businesses at national and international levels. KEDGE Business School is AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA-accredited, and is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
It is also recognised by the French government, with labelised programmes, and has obtained the EESPIG label. KEDGE was ranked 40th by the Financial Times in the European Business School ranking and 37th globally in its Executive MBA ranking.
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About Professor George Feiger
George joined Aston in 2013, having lectured in economics at Harvard and been appointed Associate Professor of Finance at Stanford.
Prior to joining Aston, he ran a wealth management business in the US, was a Director of McKinsey & Co, Global Head of Investment Banking for SBC Warburg and Global Head of Onshore Private Banking for UBS.
George has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics in the areas of international economics, and finance and investment strategy.
About José Milano
José took over as Director General of KEDGE Business School in September 2017, having joined the institution the previous year as Deputy Director General, with responsibility for implementing the strategic and international plan.
Prior to that, he was Social Affairs Director for the Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurances (French Federation of Insurance Companies - FFSA), and held numerous positions in the AXA Group. José is a graduate in economics and management from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He also holds a postgraduate degree in corporate sociology from the IEP Paris, a postgraduate degree in international economic law, and a postgraduate qualification in business law from Paris-I University, in addition to a certificate of proficiency to practise law from the Paris Bar Association.
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