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Global Young Leader: innovation learning tour to Israel


Global Young Leader is a SKEMA Business School society whose president, Raphaël Dubar, is a student on the MSc Corporate Finance in Paris.

The society ’s objective is to promote inter-campus innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly by organising an annual learning tour in the most innovative cities in the world. This year, 50 SKEMA students will leave for Israel, the “start-up nation” from 26 March to 2 April. 

During this trip, organised in partnership with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, students will be introduced to Israeli best practices by visiting leading innovative companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Teva or Check point, as well as discovering Israeli start-ups, eco-parks and science parks, incubators and accelerators.

Interactions on matters of innovation will also take place during a hackathon on 28 March with 250 students and practitioners from various nationalities and different careers. The participants will be in competition on themes such as digital transformations and the digitalisation of practices and they will also think about the next revolution to facilitate everyday life for students. 

This seminar will give participants a taste of the challenges for organisations in this ecosystem and help them to develop an agile mentality and solid competences to acquire a transversal view of business and its environment. 

The Global Young Leader Programme aims to have an annual learning tour so that students can develop a transversal view of the ever-changing world through contact with international experts and firms at the forefront of innovation. Today, nothing is constant except change itself. "In defining their strategies, companies can no longer ignore digital transformation and if they want to survive, they cannot afford to miss the digital revolution", explains Raphaël Dubar, president of the GYLP society 

Alice Guilhon, SKEMA's general girector, is delighted with this initiative: "SKEMA is firmly turned towards the global and has opted for a strategy of implantation on all continents, targeting markets with career opportunities for our students. SKEMA is now present in France, China, the United States and Brazil. The Global Young Leader Programme, designed by SKEMA students has been conceived as an extension of SKEMA’s global strategy. Each year its members organise a trip to discover ecosystems in the world that are the most dynamic in terms of innovation and where the products and uses that transform our everyday life are dreamed up, where tomorrow’s jobs will be created and in a way, where the future is in the making."

"In March 2017, SKEMA students will leave for Israel, a state that has made itself into the second reference worldwide in terms of innovation, just behind Silicon Valley. The schedule, prepared in collaboration with the Ben Gurion University in the Negev is exciting to say the least. I sincerely hope that this exceptional experience in Israel will be the first of many and will be a lasting part of SKEMA’s global offer. Let us also suppose that it will generate new initiatives with the Global Young leader programme, in China, India, South Korea, or Brazil, these innovators that are shaking up the established order. The school will be right behind this programme and the students of the society so that these new projects can take off".

The students will give a talk on their return and a conference has already been announced. 
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