Establishing a campus in Raleigh, a gateway to the leading high-tech cluster in the US is no coincidence. SKEMA has forged a reputation and an identity for its schools in high-tech clusters (Sophia Antipolis, Suzhou) and world-class business centres (Paris and Lille, the cities in France with the highest concentration of business headquarters), thereby offering its students ample opportunity for involvement in business.
SKEMA US Campus: Raleigh (N.C), ranked "best place to live in the U.S" by Bloomberg BusinessWeek
"Which Is America's Best City?" Bloomberg BusinessWeek already replied "Raleigh (N.C)", in September 2011. Now at the beginning of 2012, the city chosen by SKEMA for its US campus is once again ranked in top place. Raleigh ranks top in 12 of the 16 criteria, among which are: physical environment, employment, standard of living, education, eating, security, environmental considerations, cultural and sporting facilities, economic dynamism etc. Raleigh thus remains top of the list, outdoing Arlington (VA), and Honolulu.
In addition to its economic opportunities, offered by the first US technopark, North Carolina is home to many universities (16 in total) as well as an exceptional quality of life for students. SKEMA was drawn to the region given the world renowned reputation of the 51-year old Research Triangle Park. North Carolina quickly emerged as the obvious choice.
At the academic level, the school has met with the three most prestigious universities in the state: NC State University Poole College of Management , UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University.
NC State’s proposal, with the infrastructure available on its Centennial campus, will allow SKEMA to offer complete service and academic excellence to its students. The school has come to an agreement with NC State University Poole College of Management to work on a number of academic projects together, which include dual degree masters programmes, Bachelor degree and Executive programmes, student exchanges and internships, and joint faculty research.
This primary partnership does not rule out academic relationships with the other universities. Thus, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with UNC Chapel Hill including students and professor exchanges and advanced discussions with Duke University are still underway.
The SKEMA Campus
At the heart of the Centennial campus, SKEMA Business School will have around 30,000 square feet (2,500 m2) for its students, who will be able to interact with American and international students.. This location is also home to numerous innovative businesses and research laboratories. In the meantime, still in the Centennial campus, SKEMA has commissioned a 40,000 square feet campus in a brand new building that will be equipped with the latest high-tech innovations and delivered in three years time.
Strong business Partnerships
SKEMA’s foreign campuses all have the same objective: combining academic and professional experience at an international level. At SKEMA, the international, real-world experience of students involves more than just spending time abroad. These future leaders must also come into direct contact with another culture and participate in apprenticeships and internships with local businesses.
“This is a pioneering project that we are offering to our students and it is a unique opportunity in France and a rare one in Europe: to study in an extraordinary environment, in partnership with businesses at the heart of the knowledge economy and academic partners among the best in the country. In our globalized world, our future alumni will work in multinational, multicultural businesses. Giving them the opportunity to understand this environment through our international campuses, to live this exceptional experience, is giving them the tools for tomorrow.”
Alice Guilhon, Dean of SKEMA