SKEMA business School now operates from five different sites: in France (Lille, Paris La Défense and Sophia Antipolis), China (Suzhou) and the USA (Raleigh, NC), where the first students will arrive in January 2011.
The campuses are located in well-known science parks for business centers and offer students exceptional opportunities and career prospects. SKEMA's foreign campuses all have the same goal: to combine international academic and professional experience. At SKEMA, the genuine international experience that students receive involves more than just the creation of a local school. Other international campuses, based on the same criteria, will be opened over the next few years.
Lille, the hub of Europe
The Nord-Pas de Calais region is the youngest and most highly populated region of France. Lille is the biggest and the most thriving student city outside Paris. Northern France offers a dynamic business environment and hosts the largest number of headquarters of leading companies after Paris. The Nord-Pas de Calais is also the biggest center for the mail-order industry in Europe; the region attracts the most foreign investment, is the second biggest area for insurance companies, and the third biggest financial market in France. It has a highly developed textile industry and is the third most important in France for exports and the automotive industry. Lille is the cradle of mass retailing and hosts many world famous companies.
This 20,000-square-metre modern, functional campus is located in the heart of the city’s business center, a stone‘s throw from the old town and Lille’s Grand Place. It is conveniently situated between two TGV stations with Paris only an hour away, Brussels 38 minutes and London 1 hour 20.
The City of Lights continues to be one of the most stimulating cities in the world as a center of cultural and economic activity. At the heart of French business, intellectual and cultural life, Paris hosts millions of visitors year-round who come to marvel at the wealth of history, art and entertainment the city has to offer. Competitive industries, business innovations, high-level education, and tourism have turned Paris into the favorite city of business professionals and young graduates. For career-oriented young people, Paris is the place to be and SKEMA’s Paris campuses give students the chance to work and learn in a city of unlimited opportunities.
The campus is located in the Pôle Léonard de Vinci in the heart of La Défense. This modern area is only a 10-minute metro ride from the Champs-Elysées, or 20 minutes from the Eiffel Tower. La Défense is home to a population of 20,000, with 1,500 companies (15 of which are among the world top 50) employing 150,000 people. Many companies especially banks and insurance companies have left their former neighborhoods to set up here.
Sophia Antipolis, at the heart of the French Riviera
The French Riviera is without doubt one of the most attractive areas in France for tourism. It has lovely weather and beautiful varied landscapes, not to mention 120 km of Mediterranean coast. It is no secret that the French Riviera attracts thousands of tourists every summer. 3900 events are held here every year – it’s all part of the Côte d’Azur. The rolling countryside of the “Alpes-Maritimes” is an invitation for all outdoor activities from trekking and skiing in the mountains to swimming and sailing in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. In economic terms, the region is one of the most dynamic in Europe. With over one million inhabitants, the French Riviera has become a strategic location for companies in sectors as varied as high technology, tourism, luxury or international finance.
The campus lies at the heart of Europe’s best known science park whose success is directly linked its quality of life and exceptional environment. The area offers not only its natural beauty, but also a high level of cultural and social life enriched by the diversity of its population. Sophia Antipolis is home to several higher education institutes and university departments which have created a vibrant student community of over 5,000. SKEMA’s immediate environment also includes over 1,300 companies in sectors such as information and communications technology or biotechnology. Here, 21st century companies have become part of a knowledge community and the SKEMA 30-hectare state-of–theart campus fits harmoniously with this environment.
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uzhou has been called the Venice of the East because of its many canals, beautiful natural environment and traditional gardens. However, this ancient city is one of the most advanced centres of technology across the globe; it is home to 118 of the top 500 companies in the world. Suzhou is just one hour from Shanghai
, China’s second largest centre of industry and top destination for foreign investment. This makes it an ideal recruitment centre for graduates seeking an international career.
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Establishing a campus in Raleigh, a gateway to the leading high-tech cluster in the US is no coincidence. 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. At the heart of the Centennial campus, SKEMA Business School has around 30,000 square feet (2500 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.