IESEG School of Management - International Newsletter (June Edition 2011)

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Dear students, colleagues, and friends,

We’ve got great news to announce this month: IESEG students have won the national SIFE competition for socially responsible business projects and will represent France at the SIFE world cup in October. The school is especially proud of this success as the winning project emerged from “Projet Co”, a traditional IESEG assignment where students bring their business skills to real world projects in the non-profit sector. This challenging task, completed in teams, gives students the opportunity to manage complex projects and become more aware of important societal issues. Students are often so motivated by and enthusiastic about those projects, that they are able to achieve truly great things - like our SIFE winners (see article below).



The Paris campus will be expanded to an additional building by the start of the 2011 school year in September in order to support the growth of the school. Located 50 metres from IESEG’s first site at La Défense, inaugurated in February 2010 and located inside the Grande Arche, the new space will include 3,000 square meters spread across six floors, and house Continuing Education, International Relations, and Corporate Relations, as well as a trading room and additional classrooms. Once the expansion is complete, IESEG will have over 9,000 square meters of space in the heart of one of Europe’s top business districts. As of next September, the campus in Paris will host 800 students enrolled in Grande École programmes (bachelor’s and master’s) and Master’s in International Business, in addition to international exchange students and businesspeople taking part in executive education programmes. The school plans to have 2,000 students in Lille and 1,000 students in Paris by 2012.



The IESEG student team impressed the SIFE jury with its innovative project and was named the SIFE France National Champion. The aim of their project, KEY (Keep Empowering the Youth), is the social integration of deprived young people from the Lille area in order to facilitate their access to higher education as well as to the job market. Twenty teams from French universities, business schools, and engineering schools took part in the national competition on May 20 in Paris. The jury was composed of executives from companies like KPMG, Sodexo, and GDF Suez. As a result of this win, the IESEG team will have the honour of representing France at the SIFE World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in autumn.

The group will present the results of their community outreach projects to the business leaders serving on the jury through a written report and live presentation. The team will be evaluated based on how successful it was at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to the development of outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

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Thirty-three Master of International Business (MIB) students from over 20 different countries celebrated their pre-diploma ceremony in May on the IESEG Campus in Lille alongside Jean-Philippe Ammeux, Director of IESEG, and Antonio Giangreco, the Academic Director of the MIB programme. This pre-diploma ceremony took place after nearly one year of lectures and directly before the start of the mandatory internship phase, where students complete internships in France and abroad. Only after successfully completing this first “real-world” test of their skills, will students receive their official MIB diploma. The pre-diploma ceremony was therefore also a farewell party where the students came together one last time before spreading out all over the world again.

They have spent roughly one year in Lille together, a time which was for many of them an “experience for a lifetime”. They have seen each other nearly every day, worked together, partied together, and discovered a new culture together. While some of them would like to settle down in France and have already found internships in French companies, others are interested in discovering new countries and earn work experience abroad. The remaining students want to go back to their country of origin and put into practice what they have learned during their year in Lille.

IESEG wishes all of them a bright and successful future!