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Microsoft - SKEMA partnership

Published on 30 June 2016

June 29: Alice Guilhon, dean of SKEMA, and Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, signed a broad partnership deal which aims to consolidate SKEMA’s position as a leader of innovation and internationalisation in education.

​The agreement has three main objectives: to encourage student and teacher mobility and collaboration in an international environment, to create innovative educational content with the development of a joint big data programme, and to understand future careers in relation with new technologies. 

The digital transformation of SKEMA in the context of this partnership is valued at 15 million euros over five years.

SKEMA and Microsoft share a common vision to launch an educational project in line with the global economic environment: to train global knowledge economy talents on SKEMA’s various campuses around the world. SKEMA now wants to develop its strategy of innovation further so has turned to Microsoft for support in its digital transformation. This alliance is based on three fundamental pillars:

Educational innovation:

  • Development of a joint programme in Digital Business and Big Data to open in September 2017
  • Supporting entrepreneurship at SKEMA by making BizSpark available to our students (BizSpark provides Microsoft products free to entrepreneurs)
  • Access for SKEMA students to international Microsoft case studies

Technology partner to ensure full interconnectivity between our six campuses:
  • Rapid deployment of collaborative solutions from Microsoft, Office 365, and Skype which includes the Translator feature with simultaneous voice translation, Yammer, the enterprise social network, and new interactive Surface Hub screens available to staff and students.
  • Microsoft support for SKEMA in the implementation of its new ERP
  • Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform will be available for all school applications’ optimal access between campuses.

  • Creation of a careers laboratory whose purpose is to understand the jobs of tomorrow in connection with the emergence of new technologies.

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