HEC Paris is one of Europe’s premier Business Schools. The school boasts of more Alumni in CEO position than any other Business Schools in Europe. 11 of the CAC40 (top 40 Businesses based on market capitalization in France) is headed by an HEC alumnus. Access to 50000 alumni worldwide might be an incentive for many HEC students but a major consideration for MBA aspirants while selecting HEC Paris over other top Business Schools is the proximity of the campus to La Défense - the epicenter of European Business with the highest concentration of MNC headquarters in the continent. HEC MBA students have earned the reputation as “connectors” with their ability to overcome communication and cultural barriers, implementing global strategies for International Businesses.
The 16-month MBA program provides students with the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and participants from different background. The 200-strong student body is made up of 85% International students. The class diversity is just one aspect. The course in itself offers several opportunities for international exposure through exchange programs and international projects.
In 2012, the curriculum was redesigned in partnership with Bain & Company, dividing the program into two phases: the Fundamental and the Customized Phase.
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The first eight months of the program comes under the Fundamental phase with focus on offering a solid foundation in core business subjects such as Finance, Strategy, Marketing and Economics. During the Customized Phase, students can choose from a range of electives and specializations: Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship or Strategy, according to their post-MBA goals. International exposure is primarily offered through the International Exchange Program – a partnership with 40 leading partner institutions around the world that includes Chicago Booth, LBS and NUS. Those who are looking to maximize their potential can opt for a double-degree program with one of HEC’s prestigious partner schools. Throughout the program, participants receive in-depth training in decision-making and interact directly with business leaders. In addition to skill development, the program imparts cross-cultural understanding, group dynamics and professional ethics.
Unlike other Business Schools that focus excessively on academics, HEC Paris MBA has embraced experiential learning. The Leadership Seminar at the elite École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr or St Cyr Military Academy in Brittany is one such example where students are exposed to field exercises, supervised by French army officers. Students are challenged mentally and physically during this off-campus leadership program, at the end of which their strengths and weaknesses are revealed. These feedbacks are valuable for MBA students and shape their strategy for a successful post-MBA career. The Career Management Center plays a proactive role in preparing students to meet any challenges. They make sure that students have the adaptable skillset for any job position in the world.
The association between HEC Paris and Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster is more than that of a founding member. Ranked as one of the most influential Innovation Clusters by MIT Technology Review, Paris-Saclay connects HEC Paris with top French research companies and businesses, allowing students to draw upon their expertise. The newly redesigned Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization within the MBA program gives students the knowledge and experience required to launch their own successful start-ups. The specialization is aided by the new eLab – an exclusive entrepreneurship lab with innovative technology environment that fosters creativity. The lab supervises the transition of the venture from idea to implementation. The Entrepreneurial exercises in the lab are integrated with the course while also offering tasks and deliverables outside the regular course schedule.
In the end, MBA aspirants look at the numbers and HEC MBA proves its worth according to their latest recruitment trends. 89% of 2013 graduating class found work within 3 months of graduation, with Amazon, McKinsey and L’Oréal among the top MBA recruiters.
HEC Part-time MBA
HEC’s Part-time program attracts young, high-potential managers between the ages of 25 and 35, a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge, maximize their leadership potential and expand their corporate network, while maintaining the balance between their personal and professional lives.
Through a “learning by doing” teaching approach, the program offers skills that can be quickly put into practice in a professional environment. The Part-time program is delivered in one-week modules, once per month, allowing participants to focus on studies for a week while networking with fellow professionals. The program promotes international participation and forges connections between individuals and cultures. The diverse points of views are exchanged through the program establishing knowledge & competencies. The HEC Part-time option has one intake per year in January.
HEC MBA - Quick Facts
• Accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB
• HEC MBA is ranked 8th worldwide by The Economist Which MBA, 2013
• Over 45 nationalities on the program
• 35% female students
• Participants can opt to participate in an international exchange or double-degree program with one of HEC’s prestigious partner schools around the world
• Length of work experience: Average 6 years, minimum 3 years
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