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First Franco-German double degree in management and technology

7 April 2011

The new double degree master’s program aims to train future managers in internationaltechnology-driven industries.

It follows last year’s agreement between Valérie Pécresse, French Minister of HigherEducation and Research, and Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian Minister of Sciences,Research and the Arts, to reinforce the links between France and Bavaria in the field ofhigher education and research.

From September 2011 onwards, students participating in the new two-year master’s program will beprepared for complex leadership challenges through training in technology skill areas such as research,development, production processes as well as in management skill areas such as marketing,communication, and finance. During the program, the students will have the opportunity to undertakeone year of internship experience within a company or institution in France, Germany, or a thirdcountry.

After successfully completing the program, students will receive both the French Master of Science inManagement - Grande École from HEC Paris and the German Master of Science in Management andTechnology (WITEC) from TUM.

Upon today’s signing of the agreement in Munich, TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmannremarked: “Our joint master’s program meets the growing need in Europe for excellently trainedmanagers with both interdisciplinary skills and intercultural experience. The excellent reputations of HECParis and the Technische Universität München will allow us to attract the best students to the program.”Prof. Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, added “We are honored to partner with TUM, aninternationally renowned university and leader in technology, to offer our students a unique opportunityto access two complementary fields of expertise. At HEC Paris, we are committed to pedagogicalinnovation and to training the leaders of tomorrow to meet the challenges of a constantly changingworld.”

About Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)TUM is one of Germany’s leading universities. It has roughly 460 professors, 7,500 academic and non-academic staffmembers (including those at the university hospital “Rechts der Isar”), and 26,000 students. It focuses on theengineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, medicine, and economic sciences. After winning numerousawards, it was selected as an “Elite University” in 2006 by the Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) and the GermanResearch Foundation (DFG). The university’s global network includes an outpost in Singapore. TUM is dedicated to theideal of a top-level, research-based entrepreneurial university.

About HEC ParisA leader in Europe, HEC Paris specializes in management education and research. HEC Paris offers a full, unique range of coursesto the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Degrees, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA and Trium Global Executive MBA. Founded in 1881, HECParis has a permanent faculty of 109 professors, 4000 students on its campus (40% of whom are international) and over 8,000managers and executives trained in executive education programs each year.

HEC Paris has been ranked #1 Business School in Europe by the Financial Times for the past five years.

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