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SKEMA and The Sustainable Design School: new joint degree

Published on 20 November 2019

SKEMA Business School and The Sustainable Design School (The SDS) train new talents to create and build a sustainable world.

​Climate change and the depletion of natural resources mean that companies need to find new ways of designing, producing, creating and communicating value. Schools are central to this challenge, and play a role in training future talents capable of innovating and inventing new sustainable, economically viable models. The role of the new MSc in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Design is to develop these two skills.

This new Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Design MSc course gives students a chance to make a positive impact on the world by combining the disciplines of management, innovation and design, culminating in a completely new joint degree. Taught in English, the programme lasts two semesters and starts up in September 2020. It is co-run by Nicolas Servel (SKEMA) and Dr Hillary Collins (The SDS).

In the first semester, as from September 2020, students are hosted at the SKEMA Sophia Antipolis campus, where they take classes focusing on the entrepreneurial environment: sustainable innovation from the business angle, business plans for start-ups, strategic marketing, ethics, governance and entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems, financing for the management of a start-up, constructing a digital company, and so on.

In the second semester, students move to the campus of The SDS (Cagnes sur Mer) for classes on innovation and design in line with sustainable development: the trends and future of sustainable design, innovation and strategy in sustainable design, facilitating creative thinking, leadership through sustainable design, creating services, interfaces and experiments, methodologies for design, design software, etc. At the end of the course, students have to produce either a dissertation or a business plan.

With their new degree, these trailblazers will be able to use their talents as entrepreneurs in sustainable industries and as intrapreneurs in companies engaged in social responsibility processes.  They will have the tools to create their own start-ups, work in an incubator or assist the development of responsible start-ups.

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