It’s the role of education to anticipate the way artificial intelligence is changing business.
In 2020, SKEMA launched its SKY25 strategic plan (SKEMA YEARS 2020-2025) with, among the 3 axes that make it up, the desire to become the school of the Avant-Garde: the observation that AI is shaking up the economy, business models and professions gives de facto new responsibilities to education. Those of anticipating and preparing the talents of the 21st century for this new challenge.
AI has made rapid progress in recent years, and has already played and will continue to play a crucial role in the economic, social, and scientific areas of society. Most researchers and scientists agree that AI will transform business models and every segment of all industries through the adoption of innovative technologies and creative intelligence. It will also outperform humans on most cognitive tasks in this century, disrupt businesses and societies at large in greater magnitude than any previous technological revolutions, and affect labour productivity as it will make the production and delivery of new goods and services much easier and simpler than before. As importantly, the massive deployment of AI-based algorithms also raises major societal and ethical questions.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the systematic introduction of AI in all educational programmes at SKEMA is one of the main pillars of SKEMA’s SKY25 strategic plan. Specifically, this is what we call Hybdridisation: AI for Business, and this hybridisation is a central tenet of our ambition to become the Avant-Garde School through 100% hybridisation of our programme portfolio - AI for business.
In the coming years, AI activities will support the main missions of the school at all our campuses worldwide: research, teaching, and the creation of strong ties, collaborations and partnership with industries and organisations. Of special importance are our historical and fruitful relations with the UCA (Université Côte d’Azur)and more recent cooperation within the 3IA institute Côte d’Azur, the fast-growing development of SKEMA Canada that builds a resource and development centre in the AI domain, and the official launch of SKEMA AI Institute for Business acting as a prefigurative form for the SKEMA AI School for Business.
SKEMA's AI Chapter is open, and this is just the beginning.
Dean, SKEMA Business School
President of "Chapter of Grandes Ecoles de Management", Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE)