With 90 million inhabitants and an annual growth rate of 7%, Vietnam is one of the leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and an economy in full transformation. In January, EDHEC Executive MBA participants spent a week of meetings and tours in the country, exploring new business models.
Vietnam is a must-go destination for today’s executives and entrepreneurs. "Although often overlooked, Vietnam is a very dynamic country and many French companies have their eyes set on it today," explains Denis Dauchy, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Director of the Executive MBA.
From Hanoi, the historical and political capital of the North, steeped in communist culture, to Ho-Chi-Minh City, economic heart of the South, bubbling with entrepreneurial activity, EMBA participants discovered a contrasted economy, increasingly open to the rest of the world. They met major national companies such as Electricity of Vietnam (the leading power company in the country), major private companies such as technology group FPT, foreign companies working in Vietnam such as French group Olmix, but also innovative startups at the Toong coworking space, in Ho-Chi-Minh City. This complete change of scene encouraged them to open to different management practices and strategy approaches.
“It would have been impossible to get such a comprehensive vision of Vietnam and its economy if I had traveled there alone: the EMBA Business Trips are a wonderful opportunity to discover a country by meeting the people whose work is fueling its development,” Alexandre Jeissou, VP, JP Morgan, EMBA participant.
Beyond the different meetings and tours, participants are given a chance to broaden their global reflection about business strategy through the completion of a Business Report. During their trip, in groups of 4 or 5, they identified a company operating in Vietnam, to analyze its activity and organization, and better understand the specificities of this country as an economic ecosystem.
“The point of this Business Report is to leverage the different frameworks acquired during the EMBA programme, to demonstrate how a company’s business model interacts with the Vietnamese economic, cultural, political and entrepreneurial context,” Denis Dauchy.
An opportunity for these professionals to work as closely as possible to the field, and to learn through practice and exchange of experience, in line with the "learning by doing" philosophy that is at the heart of EDHEC’s academic approach.
After this Vietnamese experience, EMBA participants will go on another Business trip in the Spring, to explore the economy of yet another region and discover other business models.
The Financial Times published its prestigious annual ranking of EMBAs this morning. EDHEC Executive MBA entered the top 100 EMBAs worldwide, ranking 86th in the world.
The result confirms the progress made by EDHEC in all global rankings : According to the Financial Times, the School has gained 11 places in the FT ranking of European Business Schools, 10 places in the FT ranking of Global MBAs worldwide and 7 places in the FT Global Executive Education ranking. EDHEC is rated 1st worldwide for its pre-experience Master in Finance (June 2017) and 1st in France for its MBA in Entrepreneurship (July 2017).
"This recognition from the Financial Times rewards the efforts made by our teaching faculty and administrative teams to offer Executive MBA participants in both Lille and Paris an exceptional programme and a life-long experience", explains Benoît Arnaud, Associate Dean for Executive Education and MBAs at EDHEC Business School. "We are very proud of the rapid growth achieved by this programme and its ability to attract an increasing number of senior executives and entrepreneurs both in France and internationally."
Discover the full ranking here : Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2017
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EDHEC Executive MBA ranked among the best EMBA in the world by the FT !
Discover Financial Times rankings : http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/executive-mba-ranking-2017
On September 11th, EDHEC welcomed the new class of its Lille and Paris Executive MBA, with participants from all over the world. This international dimension is one of the reasons this high-level program is now ranked amongst the best in its category, being featured in the Financial Times’ prestigious European Top 50.
Sharing a common desire to give their careers a boost, these executives and entrepreneurs have, this year, a more international profile than ever. Gabon, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom… 15 nationalities are represented overall, with foreign participants making up more than 30% of the group. All of them also come from a wide range of sectors and company types, from retail to healthcare and cosmetics, from multinational corporations to SMEs… and to entrepreneurs, who represent close to 20% of the participants. This invaluable diversity will surely make for interesting group dynamics and exchanges of ideas as the program moves forward.
To get to know each other better, both Paris and Lille EMBA groups participated together, for 4 days, in workshops about interpersonal communication techniques and the notion of resilience as applied to professional life. They also dived into key EMBA subjects with "Economy and Global Environment", a two-day seminar hosted by Serge Bésanger, PhD, associate professor at EDHEC.
"This global approach and our will to bring together a large diversity of profiles contribute to making EDHEC’s Executive MBA a prestigious program, ranked amongst the 50 best in Europe," Denis Dauchy, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Director of EDHEC’s Executive MBA in Lille.
To welcome these professionals coming from very different backgrounds, Philippe Foulquier, PhD, Professor of Finance and Director of EDHEC’s Executive MBA in Paris, talked about the specificities of the EDHEC model and the school’s incredible development, which saw the number of students increase tenfold over the past 30 years, from 700 to more than 7,000. "This spectacular progress is also qualitative, he explained. Ranked 14th best business school in Europe by the Financial Times, EDHEC is now in the big league! Its Executive Education programs are featured in the most prestigious international rankings." Besides, one of EDHEC’s current priorities is to develop “EDHEC for business for students”, putting student and participant experience more than ever at the heart of its concerns. The guarantee, for EMBA professionals, to live an exceptional human and academic adventure.