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New academic year on the international campuses


SKEMA’s French campuses start the year in September, but on our campuses abroad, the academic year has already begun. Read all about how it went at SKEMA Raleigh, Suzhou and Belo-Horizonte.

In Raleigh, the 221 students from five different programmes (MiM, BBA, ESDHEM, MSc International Business and MSc Finanacial Markets & Investments kicked off the year on 15 August at the Hunt Library and 16 August at the NCSU Talley Center. Welcomed by all the campus team and local academic and professional partners, the students were introduced to their new environment and to life on SKEMA American campus (with a new IT room and new computers in the Bloomberg room), and life at NCSU. 

(image from the Suzhou intake)

From August 9 and 10, the 40 students on the MSc Global Luxury and Management Raleigh began their year with joint programme heads: Michaela Merck (SKEMA) and Kristie McGowan (NCSU) with one of the best known marketing professors at NC State: David Henard. The sponsor of this cohort is Alexandre Robin (SKEMA 1992) who has had an exceptional career in the luxury sector. He will be at the January kick-off in Paris. 

At Belo-Horizonte, the 156 students were welcomed at the end of August by Renata Knupfer Coutinho, Gabriela Sampaio and Elise Tosi, SKEMA’s director of Accreditations. The campus director, Geneviève Poulingue had to stay in Paris preparing the new academic year with the Faculty, but she wished the students welcome via video link. On 28 August, Orientation Day gave students important academic information to start off this semester. SKEMA Belo-Horizonte is hosted by our academic partner the Fundação Dom Cabral. A lot of very useful practical information was given out so that the new students’ stay in Brazil at Minas Gerais in Belo-Horizonte will be successful. The integration day on August 29 was more fun: a musical team-building event where students learned about music – Brazilian style! 

After welcoming its first cohort of ESDHEM and Chinese two-year MSc students on 21 August 2017, the Suzhou campus officially launched its semester on 29 August with students from BBA, MiM and international MSc. After breakfast, welcome speeches and presentations of the campus were followed by advice on specific rules of conduct in China, delivered by the Suzhou local authorities. Then it was time for other activities including an introduction to Chinese culture, a talk on professional consulting in China and a visit to the Suzhou canal and gardens. These events help students get used to their new environment. Matthieu Dumont (Suzhou campus director), Lin Hua (Academic director) and the whole team gave a warm welcome to all the 217 students starting at SKEMA Suzhou this year.
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