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HEC Paris and IIM Ahmedabad Strategic Partnership Agreement and Double Degree Program

2 November 2010

The event was witnessed by Prof Samir K. Barua, Director, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM‐A, India) and Prof Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean, HEC Paris School of Management in the presence of faculty and staff, students and alumni from the two schools, as well as business communities and government representatives.



With trade and foreign direct investment increasing at a rapid pace between Europe and India, and with 3 years of successful collaboration between the two institutions, the Strategic Partnership Agreement is a timely one in the context of globalization of management education.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement encompasses the following areas of cooperation:

  • Faculty exchange and Joint Research Projects;
  • Student exchanges;
  • Executive education;

Double Degree HEC MSc in Management ‐ Grande Ecole and IIM‐A Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP).

The new HEC Paris and IIM‐A Double Degree program aims to provide solid management training and international business skills to the participants. It will open new options for students of both institutions pursuing an international career. They will spend a full academic year at the partner school and earn the two degrees: the HEC Paris Grande Ecole Degree and the IIM‐A PGP. The first double degree program student will graduate in June 2012 and will be able to gain leverage on the powerful institutional and alumni networks of both schools.

In his address to the faculty and students, Prof Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, said: “I am truly delighted, as this partnership will not only contribute to expanding the trade relations between our two countries, but more importantly our two schools will share a common vision. Our ambition is to help our students become responsible leaders, able to rise above the technical aspects of management in order to shape a new world”.

Prof Samir Barua, IIM‐A Director, said: “The two schools face common challenges and share common values in the era of globalization”. He expressed his confidence that the cooperation between the two schools will greatly contribute to the Euro‐India economic cooperation.

About HEC ParisA European leader, HEC Paris specializes in management education and research. HEC Paris offers a full, unique range of courses to the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Degrees, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA and Trium Global Executive MBA.

HEC Paris has been ranked #1 Business School in Europe by the Financial Times for the past four years. www.hec.edu

About IIM‐Ahmedabad

IIM‐A, the premier business school in India/India’s premier business school, has been at the forefront of management education in the country for the last five decades due to its top‐class infrastructure, highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty, strong global alumni network, competitive students, robust curriculum and industry‐wide affiliations.www.iimahd.ernet.in

Press Contact, HEC Paris : Elisabeth de Réals, + 33 1 39 67 94 23 dereals@hec.fr


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