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Interview with the head of the SKEMA Brazil campus


Geneviève Poulingue, Brazil campus chief, discusses the study experience for students on the campus in Belo Horizonte. She also talks about our academic and business partners there and gives some insight into her career so far.

Tell us about the SKEMA campus in Belo Horizonte.
Since its creation, the Belo Horizonte campus has experienced very rapid development due to the school's implementation of its global strategy in Brazil. The quality of the study experience for our students in Brazil builds on local partnerships and the energy and kindness of Brazilians.

Who are SKEMA's privileged partners on this campus? 
Our academic partner, the Dom Cabral Foundation, is well known in rankings worldwide. SKEMA’s skills are complementary with this partner. 

In Brazil, we can offer exceptional opportunities to SKEMA students and interactive courses with tomorrow's leaders as well as experienced managers. The local economic environment is of course a powerful lever for the school and our students’ careers and education. 

Belo Horizonte is the third most important economic capital of Brazil and its home state, Minas Gerais, has an area comparable to that of France.

What developments are planned for 2018/2019? 
Official announcements will be made soon: plans for a double degree are well on the way.

How did you get to this career in teaching and then the Campus Development department?
An unusual career perhaps. My initial training was in monetary economics from the University Paris-Dauphine, then I spent a long period of my professional life dealing in art within a family business. 

Eighteen years ago, life's path led me to a career in higher education with doctoral research on a community of project management experts, "the Montreal Club". This was a source of incredible intellectual and human encounters. 

I then joined the SKEMA Grande Ecole team in July 2011. I managed the Grade Ecole programme for a little over three years before taking on the Brazilian campus development mission. 

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