Executive education is a strategic axis of development for ESSEC

An interview with Viviane de Beaufort

Academic Director of the European Executive MBA, ESSEC


ESSEC is one of three best business schools of France, this year classed as the best one, accredited by both AASCB and EQUIS, “Grande Ecole” in France. With its ESSEC-MBA for the younger and its EMBA for the senior and a series of specific masters, ESSEC goupr delivered each year a number of diplomas equivalent to the biggest universities in France and Europe. An important choice was made for each of this diploma: to be very selective and to respect each specific human person during the program.

Could you tell us about your project of collaboration with the university of Mannheim?

ESSEC and the University of Mannheim have been partners in the academic field for more than ten years. Now, with the ESSEC & Mannheim Modular EMBA Program, we have extended this partnership in order to offer you the “European alternative for executive education”. Our program capitalizes on the high-quality instruction and research that have made our schools the top universities in our respective countries and includes a comprehensive and innovative curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of rising executives. Our program's truly international focus, with course modules and residencies taking place in different countries, helps participants develop and refine the skills critical to working in a global environment.

What are the reasons for this collaboration?

To extend our possibilities, to have a real possibility to manage “cross-cultural” aspects of management, to create common courses by both French and German professors and European partners.

How will your collaboration with the university of Mannheim affect your EMBA program?

Our new track--a modular one--will be organized on a dual basis between ESSEC (at La Defense) and University of Mannheim (in Germany) and with several outside seminaries. Our track weekend will be improved by the collaboration of German professors.

Do you plan to develop the same type of collaboration with other schools in the future?

Yes, our partnership is our common basis, and we will develop collaboration on specific areas with other European business schools or universities in Spain (Instituto de Empresa), Sweden, Hungary and elsewhere in the world, for example Singapore, Canada or China.

Is Executive Education a strategic axis of development for ESSEC?

Yes, of course. Even if our natural ground is at the beginning initial education, our Executive MBA has existed for ten years, and we are developing this program to become one of the best European executive MBA program.

What advice would you give to a person who is thinking about getting an MBA?

At first, to try to understand the difference between an MBA and an Executive MBA, depending on your age and experience. If you think to get an EMBA because you have the profile to do it to boost your career, then think carefully that you will have to take up a challenge during 18 or 20 or 24 months, depending on the program: to continue to have a professional activity, to follow up a sound academic program and to assume responsibility for your personal and family life. In other words, to be ready to grow in wisdom

About Viviane de Beaufort
Professor in EEC and European comparative law at ESSEC, Viviane de Beaufort have published "Take over bids in Europe" and many articles and conferences on European governance subjects; she is the academic director of the European executive MBA program at ESSEC since January 2003.

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