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HEC Montreal and SKEMA: partners for double degree

Published on 02 December 2020
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A double degree agreement between SKEMA and its new partner HEC Montreal will enable Master in Management programme (chartered accountancy - audit path) students to follow a dedicated international path for the first time in Canada and France. The two schools are thus diversifying their existing double degree offer and enabling professional integration in North America as well as in France and Europe.

​(pictured: HEC Montreal)

An international career path for economic vitality
Although we are experiencing a slowdown in international exchanges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this partnership will enable students of both the schools to join this programme from the start of the 2021 academic year. 

"National specificities in the fields of accounting, taxation and law impose a territorial anchoring in the professions of chartered accountancy and auditing. This hinders the international mobility of our students during their studies and after graduation. However, international mobility is sought after by both our students and their future employers. This double degree with the Master's in Management Accounting-Control-Auditing from HEC Montreal will allow SKEMA students to gain international experience and access the North American job market in the field of accounting and auditing," said Frédéric Romon, professor and head of the accounting and auditing programme at SKEMA Business School. 

"Accounting rules, which vary from country to country, make it difficult for graduates to practise outside the jurisdiction in which they graduated. Thanks to this dual degree, we are making international mobility possible both during training and in professional life," said Julien Le Maux, full professor in the accounting sciences department at HEC Montreal.

In addition to making international internships possible, this dual degree meets the expectations of the “big four” recruiters and international accounting firms for whom international experience is crucial. Students from both schools will be able to expand their professional opportunities in Canada and the United States, as well as in France and Europe.

"As part of our KPMG Eurometropole team, we support entrepreneurs from here and elsewhere in the development of their businesses. For our clients, we need versatile talent with a global vision. Training with a double degree providing the technical and cultural openness necessary for quality support is a real asset. This dual degree should be perfectly suited to our needs," asserted Thomas Philippe, a chartered accountant and partner at KPMG France, who has also worked in New York.

The situation is similar for firms and organisations in Quebec and Canada, that have a particular interest in international experience during their recruitment process in the accounting and financial fields.

This international diversification in terms of skills and experience will make it easier for future graduates to practise their profession in different accounting and regulatory frameworks.

A pilot project to create a cohort spirit 
The double degree will enable students to obtain in three years the “Grande École – Master in Management degree” from SKEMA (specialisation in accounting and auditing - ECA) and the Master in Management (MSc) Accounting-Control-Audit from HEC Montreal. The cohort is thought as a pilot project of 10 students that will eventually create a cohort spirit between the students of the two schools.

HEC Montreal and SKEMA are members of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and hold the AACSB and Equis accreditations from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), reflecting the high level of their training.




To summarise:
    • Students will be able to register for the double degree in public accounting and auditing in 2021. The dates will be specified to them by both schools.
    • They will pay the registration and tuition fees to their home institution at no extra cost.
    • The first double degree cohort will begin in autumn 2021.


About SKEMA Business School:
With 9,000 students of 120 nationalities and 48,000 graduates in 145 countries, SKEMA Business School is a global school which, through its research, its +70 teaching programmes, its international multi-site structure trains and educates the talents that 21st century businesses need. The school is now present on seven sites: three campuses in France (Lille, Sophia Antipolis, Paris), one in China (Suzhou), one in the United States (Raleigh), one in Brazil (Belo Horizonte) and one in South Africa (Cape Town - Stellenbosch). In September 2019, the school announced the establishment in Montreal of its artificial intelligence research laboratory and its new R&D centre. SKEMA is multiaccredited - Equis, AACSB and EFMD Accredited EMBA. Its programmes are recognised in France (Visa, Master Degree, RNCP, CGE label), as well as in the United States (licensing), Brazil (certificação) and China.

About HEC Montreal
HEC Montreal is an internationally renowned business school that welcomes more than 14,000 students and trains more than 7,000 executives and managers every year. With several accreditations, the school offers more than 100 programmes of study at all university levels. It is one of the most active management schools in Canada in terms of research, with 23 research and transfer units and 31 research chairs, including seven Canada Research Chairs and one industrial chair. With 293 professors and faculty members, HEC Montréal offers multilingual teaching and attracts students from 156 countries. Since it was founded in 1907, HEC Montreal has trained more than 95,000 graduates in all areas of management.


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