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SKEMA: A distinctive positioning

​SKEMA Business School is a private establishment of higher education and research with the legal status of a non-profit association under the French "1901 law".

SKEMA was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger between the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Lille and CERAM Business School, Sophia Antipolis. The Lille school had been ​founded in 1892 and CERAM in 1963.

SKEMA is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. The school was approved by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, as an EESPIG (Private Establishment for Higher Education declared to be of public usefulness). This official status was conferred on 6 July 2015 and declared in the Bulletin Officiel on 23 July 2015.

It is a community devoted to learning and the creation and transmission of management knowledge and practice. Since its inception, SKEMA has become a global school with a multi-campus structure and a large portfolio of programmes taught in English and in French. These range from undergraduate level to continuing education and are aligned with the Bologna higher education norms (Licence, Master, Doctorate). 

International strategy

SKEMA aims to become the global business school on five continents. Its common international strategy is to train management leaders in the knowledge economy by developing :

  • A school with one identity on its different sites, with campuses set up in the heart of scientific hubs. The school’s culture fosters an international outlook, excellence and innovation.
  • Multi-site education programmes offering mobility, professional expertise and interdisciplinary programmes (technology-management).
  • Synergy with the school's local environments both in terms of research and in business partnerships. Cross fertilisation within science hubs (but also among these hubs) that will give an overall view of innovation and the needs for specific skills in the world’s different regions.
  • Systematic involvement of global companies with the school (governance, programmes, incubators, research, students).
  • The school is managed according to the values of excellence, humanism, diversity and innovation.
  • SKEMA contributes to the local environment and economic fabric wherever its campuses are located.

All about SKEMA

Key facts

  • Founded in 2009 following the merger of CERAM busines school and ESC Lille, more than 160 years of history 
  • Multi-accredited - 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
  • A faculty organised in 3 academies [globalisation, innovation, digitalisation], 1 sports and language institute [SKILS] and 1 Artificial Intelligence institute
  • 5 research centres:
    • FAIRR (Finance and Accounting Insights on Risk and Regulation)
    • KTO (Knowledge, Technology and Organisation)
    • MINT (Marketing Interactions)
    • PRISM (PRoject Information and Supply Management)
    • RISE² (Reflections and Research In International Strategy Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Economics)
  • 7 global campuses in 5 countries (Brazil, China, France, South Africa, United States) 
  • +70 programmes [Global BBA, Master in Management, Masters of Science, Specialised Masters®, Doctoral Programmes, Global Executive MBA, Executive Education programmes, Summer Schools]
  • +40 alumni clubs across the world 
  • +70 student clubs 
  • +100 incubated projects at SKEMA Ventures 
  • +120 nationalities at SKEMA’s campuses 
  • +130 academic partnerships in more than 40 countries 
  • 400 professors, including 170 members in the academic faculty 
  • 2,500 partner companies 
  • 9,000 students 
  • 48,000 alumni in 145 countries
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