HEC Paris

Newsletter #28
June 2011

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Business meets technology: HEC Paris advances its dual expertise

Left: HEC Paris Dean Bernard Ramanantsoa signs joint double-degree agreement with TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Right: HEC Paris’ newest academic partner Technische Universität München (TUM) School of Management
(Photos: Albert Scharger / TU München)

Technology-driven companies around the world are increasingly seeking individuals with both technology and management expertise. HEC Paris is responding to this global demand by building bridges between these distinct yet complementary fields. The latest development is a recently signed partnership with the Technische Universität München (TUM) School of Management, an agreement that establishes the first Franco-German double-degree Masters program in management and technology.

Two leading educational institutions combine competencies

TUM is one of Germany’s foremost universities and a recognized leader in engineering, natural and life sciences, medicine and economics, making it a perfect match for HEC Paris, one of Europe’s top business schools. Beginning in September 2011, double-degree program participants will spend one year at HEC Paris developing management skills in marketing, communication and finance, and a second year at TUM honing their technological savvy in research, development and production processes. Successful candidates will earn a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris and a Master of Science in Management and Technology from TUM.

“To innovate, scientists, marketers and engineers must collaborate to create links,” says Jean-Paul Larçon, HEC Paris Senior Associate Dean for International Development. “By fostering a dual competency, tomorrow’s business leaders will gain the education needed to become the interface between management and innovation within global technology companies.”

Forging a solid foundation in technology

TUM is the latest school to join HEC Paris’ growing network of technology-oriented academic partners. Georgia Institute of Technology was one of the first to collaborate with HEC Paris nearly 15 years ago through exchanges that enabled students to immerse themselves in a high-tech environment. In 2008, HEC Paris joined the Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech) as a founding member and, since then, has developed joint-degree programs in civil engineering with MINES ParisTech, statistics and economics with ENSAE ParisTech, and life sciences and technology with AgroParisTech.

Today, HEC Paris has partnerships with technology institutions around the world such as the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The school has also established links with Indian IT companies through its joint program with the Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore (IIMB). As the list grows, these affiliations will continue to solidify HEC Paris’ position as the interface between management, technology and innovation.