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HEC Paris and Keio Business School launch new Double Degree MBA

8 June 2012

This strategic partnership includes student exchanges with Keio Business Schooland other Faculties and Graduate Schools of Keio University, as well as faculty exchange and jointresearch activities.

This HEC Paris‐KBS Double Degree MBA aims to train business leaders with direct experience of theJapanese and European business environments, corporate cultures and managerial best practices.This program of two academic years will offer solid foundations in management techniques, a broadchoice of elective specializations and a strong emphasis on leadership skills and mindset.

Graduates of the Double Degree program will benefit from two powerful alumni networks andextensive career opportunities within Japanese and European multinational companies.

“KBS has been focusing its efforts on enriching multicultural experiences for our students in order toenhance their sense and skills of management in an international environment” said ProfessorHirokazu Kono, Dean of the Keio Business School. “I am honored to have strengthened ourpartnership today with HEC Paris. I am confident that the HEC Paris‐KBS Double Degree MBA willoffer a fruitful opportunity for motivated students to acquire the competencies required to becomeinternational managers able to lead multinational businesses on their path to globalization.”

According to Professor Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, “HEC Paris believes that the mostsought‐after leaders are those who can transcend cultural boundaries and are able to respond todifferent markets. The HEC‐KBS Double Degree MBA will serve the needs of global companies with astrong presence in Europe and in Asia, looking for managers with a strong academic background,leadership skills, and the ability to adapt to multicultural environments”.

About Keio Business School

Keio University is the oldest private educational institution in Japan. Since 1858, Keio has beenappraised as one of the best and the brightest institutions for Japanese higher education.
Keio Business School (KBS) was founded in order to respond to the expectations raised amongJapanese economic society that Keio shall foster qualified business leaders, and will celebrate its50th anniversary in 2012. Its two‐year full‐time MBA Program and five types of Executive Programsare designed to develop art and skills required for top executives. The PhD. Program of KBS hasproduced quality scholars since 1991.

KBS faculty consists of 26 competent professors. Every year KBS organizes a class of 100 diversifiedtop‐tier students with a variety of background at home and abroad. The alumni of KBS, a group of3222, are playing leading roles in various fields.

KBS is the first Japanese business school to receive both the AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.

For more information: www.kbs.keio.ac.jp/english

About HEC Paris

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris specializes in management education and research.HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of academic programs: the Masters Degrees, theMBA, the Executive MBA, the TRIUM Global Executive MBA and the PhD.

HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 109 professors, 4000 students on its campus and over 8,000managers and executives trained in the executive education programs each year. All together, 95different nationalities are represented on 321 acres of wooded campus.

HEC Paris has been ranked #1 business school in Europe for the fifth consecutive year by theFinancial Times.

HEC Paris has been present in Japan since 1984 and the HEC Alumni Chapter in Japan has more than220 active members. The Business School develops close cooperation with Japanese corporations inTokyo through its HEC Tokyo Office.

For more information: www.hec.eduFor further information, please contact:Keio Business


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