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HEC Paris “Leads with Sense” with its first Massive Open Online Course SPECIALIZATION

4 September 2015

HEC Paris has launched its first open innovative and online course SPECIALIZATION – available on Coursera – through which Professor Valérie Gauthier presents a new, practical approach to leadership. ‘Inspirational Leadership: Leading with Sense/ Savoir-relier’ SPECIALIZATION aims to help participants harness and develop key aspects of their leadership skills such as self-awareness, confidence, empathy, trust in others, co-operation, resilience in over-coming crises, sense-building and responsibility.

Enrolling in this SPECIALIZATION will allow participants to engage in acts of leadership and progressively improve their inter-personal skills, with a focus on the art of connecting more deeply with oneself as well as with others: “le Savoir-Relier”.

Leaders from different organizations such as Poilâne, Orange, Publicis, Bla Bla Car and experts of the HEC Paris Leadership Certificate will share their insights about what it takes to become a great leader and how they have applied the Savoir-Relier methodology ( in achieving the things that they have.

Upon completion of the three courses, the participants will have developed the skills necessary to tackle the challenge of real-world industry or for approaching their own, personal leadership challenges. This is the subject of the CAPSTONE project, proposed at the end of the 3 MOOCs..

MOOC 1: Building Your Leadership Skills

MOOC 2: Giving Sense to Your Leadership Experience

MOOC 3: Leading organizations

CAPSTONE: Your Leadership Challenge

In 2014, HEC Paris was the first business school in France to launch a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. The success of its MOOCs confirms HEC’s commitment to this innovative educational tool.

HEC Paris MOOCs in numbers: 5 MOOCs; 1 SPECIALIZATION; 3 MOOCs under preparation; 150 000 participants worldwide; 7500 certificates awarded.

About HEC: Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters programs, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA, TRIUM Global Executive MBA, and open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a permanent faculty of 110 professors, more than 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers and executives in training each year.

HEC Paris was ranked second business school in Europe by the Financial Times’ overall business school ranking in December 2014.    

About Coursera: Coursera partners with over 120 top universities and educational institutions to offer hundreds of online courses and Specializations in topics from computer science to social psychology and beyond. Earn certificates from prestigious learning institutions for courses and projects developed in collaboration with top employers that teach the skills you need to succeed. Whether you want to advance your career or pursue a passion, Coursera provides open online education for everyone. For more information, visit        

Contact HEC Paris :

Leyla Douci-Habane, Media Relation Manager, +33 1 39 67 94 23 

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