For this new campaign, the HEC Foundation, which has become a strategic partner for HEC Paris, is committed to supporting the school’s development priorities in order to have an impact on knowledge production, talent inclusion, society and the campus.
You can find below more details about the projects we are supporting in this 2019-2024 fundraising campaign.
Supported projects for impact on knowledge production
- Create 15 new research chairs
In keeping with Anglo-Saxon models, our goal is to develop chairs that combine high-level research programs, knowledge dissemination and teaching in the school’s areas of expertise.
These chairs are essential to expanding our international reach and allowing us to attract and retain research professors, whose work changes the world and whose teaching transforms students.
Develop the PhD program
The PhD program plays a key role in knowledge production. Students carry out their first research projects in collaboration with HEC professors and take their first steps in teaching excellence.
After completing their PhD, students take positions at prestigious universities around the world and contribute to enhancing the reputation of HEC and France on the global stage. For the future, it is vital to expand the scholarship program to continue recruiting top PhD students from around the world.
Create 6 “Corporate Initiatives”
We plan to continue our efforts to further teaching based on key topics for corporate strategies, develop innovative training programs, and give rise to new ideas by organizing teaching activity within a unique ecosystem bringing together companies and students (conferences, challenges etc.)
Corporate Initiatives represent real opportunities to bring together the academic and corporate worlds.
Like the research chairs, each initiative pursues its own goal within the field of teaching.
Create a special fund to finance 10 research projects a year
Create a special fund to finance 10 research projects a year
We will set up a fund in order to give HEC Paris the agility to fund innovative research projects.
Supported projects for impact on talent inclusion
- Overcome self-censorship prior to the competitive HEC entrance exam
Fighting against the self-censorship that limits young people in their educational choices and encouraging them to dream bigger are fundamental aspects of the policy carried out for high school and preparatory class students. Confidence-building is the watchword of HEC’s equal opportunity programs.Our goal is to support 400 high school students from disadvantaged and rural areas to ensure that 100% of them pass their Baccalaureate exam with honors and enroll in ambitious higher education programs.
Similarly, we will support 400 scholarship students in preparatory classes every year with the goal ofensuring that 100% of them enroll in French business schools.
- Affirm our commitment to equal opportunity
Since 2009, tuition fees for students who receive scholarships based on social criteria established by CROUS have been entirely or partially covered by the HEC Foundation.
This funding measure has had a dramatic impact on the proportion of CROUS scholarship students at HEC, which has increased from 5% in 2009 to 15% in 2019. Within the Grande Ecole program 18% benefit from means-tested financial aid from the HEC Foundation. We must now intensify our efforts with an aim for scholarship students to represent more than 25% of our student body, while maintaining our standards for excellence.
- Promote exchange by creating the “HEC Village”
By creating dedicated spaces for clubs andassociations, sports facilities, shared kitchens, a family area, a dance studio, an administrative service center and more, we plan to create an array of student spaces where art, a source for inspiration and innovation, will play an integral role, in an effort to improve quality of life and promote exchanges between students.
- Develop students’ soft skills
Soft skills are essential to working as a team,becoming an inspiring leader and are sought by companies of all sizes. Through its Career Center, HEC Paris strives to support all students in degree programs who want to learn more about themselves and fine-tune their career goals as a result.
- Consolidate HEC Paris’ position as a top-ranked international business school
One of the keys to HEC Paris’ success is its ability to attract top international students from the world’s most prestigious institutions. This diversity acts as a driving force for promoting the HEC trademark among leading global recruiters. At the same time, cultural differences in the classroom give students a preview of the intercultural career opportunities that await them.
- Develop international representative offices
Today HEC Paris is present in London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Abidjan and Qatar.
Expanding our offices means supporting the HEC trademark in countries where the school is not yet represented and making the HEC trademark more visible in major global business hubs such as Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Nairobi, Lagos etc.
Lastly, it provides an opportunity to develop relationships with companies or local employers in connection with the Corporate Partnerships and Careers Department and to support Alumni services.
- Africa, a challenge for the future
Africa has an important role to play, both demographically and economically. Training its elite is a major challenge facing the continent.
HEC supports this challenge by offering training programs for business executives, helping creat promising start-ups and financing the education of its finest talents.
Supported projects for impact on society
- Further action for the inclusive economy
The new Social and Inclusive Business Institute will help reaffirm our role as bridge-builder in the field or research, between researchers and practitioners. We will recruit internationally-renowned professors, develop new training programs and support companies’ transformations with respect to the inclusive economy.
- Making purpose a central part of a new capitalism
Our mission is to train tomorrow’s leaders, who understand that their responsibilities extend beyond financial results, in order to contribute to the well-being of society as a whole. We believe that to create a new form of acceptable, shared capitalism, business leaders must take into account all the components of their environment.
The “Purpose & Leadership” Institute, which will be created through the Joly Family Chair, will position the school as a globally recognized center of excellence for the study and dissemination of purposeful leadership within companies
- Speaking out about the economic issues at stake in climate polic
In light of unprecedented climate change issues, HEC has a twofold duty – it must contribute to redesigning economic development models through research, while preparing tomorrow’s leaders to take on the responsibilities that await them. As the HEC student manifesto, “Rise for Climate,” signed by more than 1,500 students in 2019, reminds us: “Business as usual” is no longer enough!
- Exemplifying the school of entrepreneurship and innovation
In light of the growing number of students on campus who dream of starting their own businesses and HEC Paris’ mission to contribute to developing an entrepreneurial spirit within companies, we wish to consolidate our leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Our motto, “Learn to dare,” perfectly illustrates our expertise in this area. While the HEC Entrepreneurs program has been training generations of innovators for over forty years, entrepreneurship and innovation now play an important role in all the school’s programs. HEC Paris’ location on the Saclay Plateau and its high-value added technological environment give the school a decisive advantage when it comes to developing multidisciplinary projects with high potential for innovation.
Supported projects for an impact on the campus
- Creating a new student center on campus: The Agora
The construction of Agora represents the first phase of the campus renovation project.
A student center in the heart of campus, where students enrolled in the MBA, Executive Education and Grande Ecole programs can meet up, where professors and students can interact outside of the classroom. The center will provide students with a place to work, meet up, discuss or enjoy a meal, making for a more seamless campus experience.
To make the distances between key campus locations shorter, Agora will fulfill expectations for sociability, diversity and services for all students. The site will feature cutting-edge technology. It will serve as both the heart of campus and a laboratory for innovation and will be directly linked to modern, modular, collaborative learning spaces.
- Reinventing training for leaders of the 21st century
In light of technological advances and the social and environmental issues that have an impact on all business activities, decompartmentalization of higher learning institutions and connections between academic disciplines are drivers for innovation and competitiveness for HEC Paris.
The strategic alliances we have formed with leading technological institutions – such as Ecole Polytechnique and the founding schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris – help prepare the leaders of tomorrow.
Our aim is to be able to continue to provide these students, trained at a multidisciplinary institution of excellence, with the wide range of knowledge required to generate the inclusive growth of tomorrow, which must be open to the world in all its technological complexity and diversity. We will go even further, by developing tailor-made training programs in addition to our current dual degree and other joint programs, and also facilities such as a Data Factory and a dedicated innovation fund.
- Combining experience and digital learning on a digital campus
We have ranked among the pioneers in the world of digital learning by creating MOOCs,certificate and degree programs completed 100% online.
The school will build on this success in order to stay a step ahead, and plans to develop online learning offerings in partnership with Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Sciences Po. The digital experience must be combined with the campus experience. In today’s digital age, university campuses fulfill a new role for leading global institutions: they must provide connected meeting spaces, placed at the center of the learning experience and academic study. Such spaces allow students to gain valuable insight through interacting with others from diverse backgrounds while developing meaningful relationships, aspects which are crucial to our students’ success.
The renovation of digital facilities on campus will support changes in teaching methods. Students’ lives will also be facilitated during their time at HEC Paris, contributing to a stronger sense of community.