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Impact on knowledge production

impact 1 enAcademic excellence is based on the quality of the faculty. In order to become one of the most influential management schools in the world, we must invest heavily in developing a faculty of excellence. Discover the latest in cutting-edge research conducted by HEC Paris faculty with Knowledge@HEC

What will your donations help us to achieve?

The PhD program plays a key role in knowledge production. All phd students are fully funded thanks to the HEC Foundation.Kristine de Valck Dean of Degree Programs, HEC Paris

2024 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. 

Your impact

Only with your generous support, we can make some difference. In the past three years, HEC Foundation has provided great ressources.Jing Niu(D.22)PhD in Marketing

Achievements already made possible through donations

Founded in 2020 by HEC Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris), and made possible by the contributions of 5 corporate partners (L’Oréal, Capgemini, Total Energies, Kering and Rexel, since joined by Vinci),* Hi! PARIS aims to become a leading global center of research and teaching on topics pertaining to data science and artificial intelligence, in the interests of our society and economy as a whole.

The center aims to have 500 students per year at master’s level by 2025, and to double the number of doctoral students writing theses on AI and Data Science. Next year will see the launch of a new option in the X-HEC joint master’s program in "Data Science for Business," and a brand-new degree in "Data Science for Finance".

The center also enabled HEC to further bolster its research capacities in 2021, with the recruitment of 6 new lecturer-researchers at HEC Paris (see below), and research fellowships for 4 doctoral students, who will now receive Hi! PARIS funding at HEC.


New academic collaborations, with partner institutions and corporate patrons, have also been forged; online seminars and study sessions are organized regularly, with the involvement of representatives from the corporate partners.
In March, our inaugural Hi!ckathon on the theme of AI for energy efficiency brought together 187 students from the 6 member schools, with 35 teams competing for 5 Prizes (Technical Excellence, Scientific Approach, Interdisciplinarity, Business Pitch and Innovation).

In July, the first Summer School on the theme of "AI & Applied Data for Science, Business and Society" attracted 180 participants (PhD, professors and teams from corporate partners), followed by a Hi! PARIS Data Bootcamp seminar in late August, designed to raise the profile of Data Science and AI among master’s students at HEC Paris and IP Paris.

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The support of Dieter Schwarz Stiftung has been instrumental in the creation of two new research chairs at HEC Paris; it has also allowed us to further strengthen the academic partnership between HEC Paris and Technische Universität München (TUM), particularly with TUM’s Heilbronn campus and doctoral programs.
In order to promote research collaborations between HEC Paris and TUM and achieve synergies in doctorallevel training, the two institutions have reached a formal agreement wherein PhD students can benefit from course offering at the partnership institution. In 2021 (launch year), 3 TUM students have been enrolled in PhD courses offered at HEC Paris and 3 HEC Paris PhD students have been enrolled in PhD courses offered at TUM.

To further stimulate the intellectual exchange between both institutions, both prof. Goncalo Pacheco de Almeida and prof. Tomasz Obloj have (virtually) visited the Heilbronn TUM campus with research seminars. These visits were coupled with a series of 1:1 meetings with TUM faculty. In line with these initiatives, the DSS chairholders are planning on organizing a major research event in the upcoming months, in Heilbronn - Dieter Schwarz's hometown which has become a "City of Knowledge" with international renown.

Thanks to a very generous donation, Jean-Marie Eveillard (H.62) has funded the creation of the second endowed research chair at HEC Paris, which aims to promote research and education in behavioral finance and value investing.

his chair is financed by a dedicated endowed fund, guaranteeing that the professor and chair holder is able to pursue his research and pedagogy on this theme. Chairs are among the highest academic awards that HEC bestows on a faculty members. It is an honor to the named holder of the chair and also an enduring tribute to the donor who establishes it.

Augustin Landier, Professor and Chair holder, is recognized for his research on behavioral and corporate finance, asset management and banking. In 2014, he was named Best Young Economist by the Circle of Economists. Before joining the HEC faculty in 2017, he taught or was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School, Princeton University, New York University, the University of Chicago and the Toulouse School of Economics.

Sponsored by corporate partners, the HEC Paris Certificate programs consist of interdisciplinary courses focused on a specific sector. Over 100 hours of courses are offered to final year students. The “learning by doing” method allows students to put into practice what they have learned through projects with corporate partners.

Corporate partners are involved, alongside the Academic Director, in designing and running the program, providing HEC Paris students with an in-depth understanding of their sector, their challenges and their vision. In 2019, a new certificate was created to enlarge our teaching contents, the Data for Management Certificate, run jointly by Professor Vincent Fraitot and l'École Polytechnique, with the support of Natixis.

Corporate partners can also help to develop Academies for first and second year Grande École students. The aim of these Academies is to help students broaden their perspectives in a wide range of disciplines. The Academies’ portfolio has been expanded with the creation of the ODDO BHF Academy for Financial Analysis under Professor Alexei Ovtchinnikov.

More information about knowledge production at HEC Paris

HEC Foundation Awards 2022
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In these complicated times, we would like express our gratitude for the commitment of our corporate partners and the renewal of their aid. The precious support of these companies funds research Chairs...
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Fondation - Reinhold Geilsdöfer - vignette
"Promote education, share knowledge, venture future” is the guiding principle of the Foundation named after the German entrepreneur Dieter Schwarz, founder and owner of the supermarket chain Lidl and of...
For the 44th edition of the HEC Foundation Awards, we decided to innovate and propose a digital ceremony to honor and reward the very finest work by the students and professors of HEC Paris. This new...
Jean-Marie Eveillard
The HEC Foundation announced the creation of an endowed chair in value investing, financed by Jean-Marie Eveillard (H62), one of the most successful global value investors in history. The first chair...