Interview with Bertrand Guillotin of the Fuqua School of Management, Duke University

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It was a great pleasure to welcome Bertrand Guillotin, International Programs Director at the Fuqua School of Management, Duke University to Grenoble EM in November. During his time at the school we were able to make a short video in which Bertrand talked about life at Duke. Having studied and worked in both France and the USA, he was also able to share his insights into and the differences between French and American styles of teaching and learning.

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12 responses to “Interview with Bertrand Guillotin of the Fuqua School of Management, Duke University

  1. Patrick Mazzariol

    It has been my privilege to be part of Fuqua, School of Business, one of the top MBA programs in the US. I personally enjoyed the collaborative environment, engaged professors, school spirit, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. I agree with Bertrand, a key divergence relating to French and American educational systems is based on the relationship between teachers and students. In America the teachers are seen as friends, people to rely on and trust. This may influence students in their diversity, their level of self-confidence, their intensity of participation inside a group, the development of their creativity, and their interactions with a hierarchy in a company. French and American educational systems are different and complex, yet complementary. There are a lot of opportunities to develop our intercultural relations and share our best practices for a better world. Luckily for me, I’ve got an entire Atlantic Ocean swaying my vote…

    • Mark Thomas

      Patrick, Thank you for your insight. Duke certainly is an excellent place to study and the hospitality in the south is second to none. Like Bertrand you have a lot of international experience and the fact that you have studied and worked in both France and the USA must have helped you develop your business skills.

      The French tend to be very critical of their own system. My personal experience is that is has a lot to offer. However, getting different perspectives is always the key to success and Duke is a university that lives up to its excellent reputation.

      Thanks again for commenting.

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