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Thursday 08 March 2018

ESCP Europe and HEC Montréal strengthen their cooperation

Faithful to its ambition to prepare international leaders, ESCP Europe strengthens its ties with North America by deepening its cooperation with HEC Montréal.

A dual degree starting in January 2019

ESCP Europe has signed a dual degree agreement with HEC Montréal. The official signing ceremony was held in Paris on March 7, attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, the Secretary General and Director of International Activities at HEC Montréal, Federico Pasin, Frank Bournois, Dean of ESCP Europe, Léon Laulusa, Executive Vice-President and Dean for Academic and International Affairs,  Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and Francophonie of Quebec and Didier Kling, President of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France. 

Starting next year, 10 students per year – 5 from each school – will be able to enroll in this special stream and earn a Master of Science (MSc) in Management from HEC Montréal and a Master in Management (MIM) Grande École from ESCP Europe.
This agreement will give ESCP Europe’ students a trans-Atlantic experience combining a cutting-edge field in which HEC Montréal is known worldwide, such as Global Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship.

The MSc degrees from HEC Montréal included in this program will offer high value-added specializations:

  • Global Supply Chain Management / Logistique internationale
  • International Business / Affaires internationales
  • Business Analytics / Analytique d’affaires
  • User Experience in a Business Context / Expérience utilisateur dans un contexte d’affaires
  • Finance / Finance
  • Financial Engineering / Ingénierie financière
  • Commerce électronique (only in French)
  • Ressources humaines (only in French)

The existing partnership agreement between the two renowned institutions on both sides of the Atlantic is thus deepened and strengthened. It completes the thirty dual degrees already offered by ESCP Europe as part of an academic exchange abroad. 


An agreement for the internationalisation of their incubators

In addition, an agreement between The Blue Factory, ESCP Europe's incubator, and the National Bank and HEC Montréal Entrepreneurship Institute, was announced the same day. They will be open to the respective communities of the two schools on each continent, which will be able to integrate the acceleration programmes of the two structures. 

ESCP Europe, for its part, will offer Quebec start-ups seeking to expand into the European market the opportunity to take part in its Blue Factory Scale programme, a true gateway to the entire continent through its campuses in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. 
The two schools claim a common philosophy of coaching, which aims to encourage entrepreneurs with a building spirit. Through this agreement, they want to ensure that their communities have privileged access to a new market by joining a local programme.  

HEC Montréal students enrolled in this program will do their first term in Montréal, before completing two terms at one of the ESCP Europe campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris or Turin. ESCP students, for their part, will do the first year of their Master’s in Europe, and then come to HEC Montréal the next fall to complete their program in their chosen specialization. The first HEC Montréal cohort will be landing in Europe in January 2019, while the first ESCP students will arrive in Montréal in fall 2019. 

HEC Montréal will host up to three start-ups from the ESCP Europe community. The accelerator will act as a landing pad in a new market for these businesses wishing to enter the North American market.

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