ESSCA erasmus policy statement

ESSCA erasmus policy statement 2014-2021

Bâtiment parvis de l'ESSCA Ecole de Management

Driven by the Dean and implemented by the International Office team in collaboration with the academic departments, ESSCA’s internationalisation policies are at the heart of its strategic development plan.

At present, the school’s international activities include student mobility for study and traineeships abroad, international student recruitment, teaching and administrative staff mobility, active membership of international associations and international research activities.

The 201 strong partner university network, alongside off-shore international programmes which ESSCA has set up in Budapest and in Shanghai, enable it to offer all its students one semester abroad. A recent restructuring of the 5-year programme will in the future allow students with an international career plan objective to spend up to four semesters abroad in total, mixing study and traineeships.

The partner university network is central to ESSCA’s international activities and future development will be based first and foremost on deepening relations with strategic partners. This will include the development of joint and double degrees as well as regular teaching and administrative staff exchanges and joint research projects.

New partnership agreements will be analysed according to the following criteria: national and international accreditation, the correlation of the programmes offered with those of ESSCA, opportunities for double or joint degree development and joint research, and guarantees that mobile students and colleagues will have a quality experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Current projects on joint and double degrees will be pursued and more opportunities actively sought.

Agreements with some more European partners will be developed, in particular in relation to a project led by ESSCA’s Centre for European Integration which has a specific area of expertise on EU-China relations. The aim is to develop a Europe-China consortium, involving student and teaching staff exchanges, research cooperation and multiple degrees.

Increased mobility for exchange will be pursued with Australia via an application for funding through an EU-Australia project. Regular monitoring of the partner network will be undertaken by the International Office under the responsibility of the Dean and the Management Committee. Analysis and decisions on the evolution of the partnerships will be based on detailed questionnaires completed by students and colleagues on return.
International recruitment will also be a priority and ESSCA will integrate where possible, the opportunities offered by the Programme to this end, in particular the promotion of the new loan scheme for degree-seeking EU students.

A greater course offering in English at Master level and the opening of the Paris campus to international students from 2014 will, it is hoped, make ESSCA an attractive choice.

An increase in the number of traineeships abroad will also be sought, with the objective of enabling students to develop skills in line with their professional projects.

The restructuring of the final two years of ESSCA’s 5-year integrated Master programme allows students to do two credit-awarding traineeships either in France or abroad. To increase the offer, the work already done on developing relations with international companies will be pursued.

The on-line intranet traineeship data base will be developed. The definition of learning outcomes for traineeships and their monitoring will continue to be done by the programme directors.

Further, the creation of joint or double degree agreement has been designed to increase the recruitment of international students in China, Russia and Latin America. A restructuring of the International Office with staff dedicated to international recruitment activities will be put in place.

The continued internationalisation of the faculty will continue with more opportunities for existing faculty to gain international experience, an increase in the number of visiting faculty and the recruitment of more foreign faculty.

Central also to ESSCA’s internationalisation has been that of its research with a 70 % increase over the last 3 years in publications in International Academic Journals and International Research conferences.

A major achievement for the Centre for European Integration was a 2 million Euro EU research contract for an 8 partner consortium:

Participation in the Leonardo programme over the last two years has enabled colleagues in ESSCA’s research Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to develop relations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland in the development of tools for active vocational training in management for trainers. Cooperation with these partners is envisaged with the publication of case studies.

Development of research activities will continue, building on existing partnerships and with new partners in Japan, India, Russia and the U.K.

Angers, September 2013

Dr Catherine Leblanc