Soft, Medium, Hard : Too many skills kill the skills

September 8, 2014

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Last week, an article in the Financial Times written by a French-American professor working in a French business school (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0d9b5672-df74-11e3-8842-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3Chkkj2uj ) created some waves in the Grandes Ecoles microcosm with at least 2 articles in the French press (http://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/orientation/actus-et-conseils/detail/article/la-charge-du-financial-times-contre-les-grandes-ecoles-francaises-8574/ and http://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/ft-en-prend-aux-grandes-ecoles-francaises-pour-deficit-formations-en-relations-humaines-mais-est-tellement-mieux-ailleurs-1740307.html ) and lots of rolling eyes in this usually hushed environment. Basically, the article […]

Profit, Not-for-profit higher education, why it should not matter.

August 19, 2014

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There is a relatively constant and accepted view that higher education should be not-for-profit and that for profit institutions are necessarily bad. I always wondered why we have this specific view for higher education, largely endorsed by the media. One of the main reasons I think is that we consider education as a common good, […]

France Business School – What went wrong (so far)?

July 21, 2014

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First, let’s start with disclaimers. I know that it is very easy to make judgments on past decisions, particularly when they look wrong and that the same people who criticize the strategic choices made by a business school, would be the same ones applauding them if they had been successful. Criticizing is easy, doing is […]

New Law in preparation for French BSchools : will it really help ?

July 16, 2014

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Short answer is no. Long answer is below! The French assembly is about a new law aimed at supporting the development of a large portion of the best French Business Schools. Before we discuss it, I need to do (again) a brief history of the French Bschools system for those of you who are not […]

Why are French Bschools practicing cloning when hiring their Deans?

July 15, 2014

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Last week, we had 2 interesting news: Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, one of the BSchools in South East Asia, hired the former Dean of Insead and Kellogg to become its next Dean. RMIT also announced that they hired an Aussie as their new VC, but who was previously the successful boss of the […]

Is Africa the new frontier for international higher education?

November 13, 2013

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In the past 6 months, several important news came up about higher education in Africa: . In January, IFC, a member of the World Bank, invested 150 million USD into the private for-profit Laureate Group to develop activities in Latin America and MENA. The first publicized use of this cash was to take a significant […]

Highered in France: one country, two systems

November 11, 2013

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Recently, the president of the French Association of University Presidents (CPU) published an article in “Le Monde” where it stated that “Everyone knows, and students realize that when they enter into a school, in “Grandes Ecoles”, teaching is not very good.” As you may guess, this sparked lots of reactions. This is another of these […]

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