SKEMA Business School Opens Its First Campus In Brazil

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Belo Horizonte, the Brazilian Silicon Valley, is set to begin its French connections in coming September.

Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), the Latin America’s best business school  has joined hands with the French business school SKEMA. The latter shall open its first campus in Brazil.

The campus will have the intake capacity of 100 students in the Masters of Management Program. FDC will provide the basic infrastructure as per the strategic agreement. It includes classrooms, a video conferencing room, a student common room and a lecture hall.

Apart from this, it will also provide customized courseware keeping in mind the Brazilian Business Context. FDC already has a partnership with INSEAD and Kellogg.

Alice Guilhon, Dean, SKEMA Business School said, “This opportunity meets a strong demand from our students, who will be able to study in an extraordinary environment, confronting a new culture and allow them, through our international campus, to live out this unique experience. This is what SKEMA is about.”

SKEMA’s selection of the location is a strategic choice as Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil. It is ranked among the 10 most dynamic cities for business. It has 200 startups and 10 incubators. The strong service industry and the emerging techno sphere which includes corporations like Google and Fiat, positions Belo Horizonte as the apt place for learning the craft of business.

SKEMA was created in 2009 due to the merger of the CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille. It is run as per the 1901 French law which governs non-profit making associations.

Since 2009, SKEMA has produced 32,000 alumni. It has six campuses around the world, including Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Others are Lille, Paris LaDéfense and Sophia Antipolis in France; Suzhou in China; Raleigh in USA.

SKEMA has receivedISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Its Grand Ecole Diploma is recognized by the French Government. It is EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accredited by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).

There are various reasons for choosing Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais. It is the 3rd most important city that is economically sound so was an obvious choice. SKEMA has made a reputation and an identity for its operations in leading business centers and technology parks (Sophia Antipolis, Suzhou, Raleigh). These offer its students the opportunity to foster closer ties with business.

An exceptional quality of student life that Brazil offers also added to this burgeoning economic context.

In receiving the full support of the two partner regions – Minas Gerais and Nord Pas de Calais in France – SKEMA remains strongly committed to its host territories in creating such mutually beneficial partnerships.

Considered as the best business school in Latin America and partnership with Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC)  SKEMA already has strategic alliances with INSEAD and Kellogg, and specializes in executive education.

It hosts more than 35,000 participants each year on its campuses in Nova Lima, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

It is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which consists of a group of international schools with double accreditation, and Global Accreditation Center (GAC®) from the Project Management Institute®. The Chinese Government recognizes SKEMA Business School. Its Master in Management program ranked 28th internationally by the Financial Times in 2014.

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