An ambitious cross-border education partnership has been announced that will see Birmingham's Aston University working closely with France’s KEDGE Business School.
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.
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 Analytics at 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.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Aston Business School Professor George Feiger 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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