At the opening of the EFMD Conference on Master Programs, Dean Loick Roche gave his welcome address to the participants. Over 100 people from more than 20 countries will discuss current issues on Master programmes in then next two days.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Grenoble Ecole de Management or GEM as we prefer to call it.
It is a little cloudy and cold today so you will have to trust me when I tell you tell you that this really is a very beautiful part of the French Alps.
You have arrived at the start of the ski season and we are lucky to have the nearest ski slopes just 30 minutes from the school. I know you will be working very had over the next few days, but I do hope that you take the time after the conference to explore this beautiful region.
As you know, the theme of the conference is :
Master Programmes : Going Global.
This topic is particularly relevant for GEM. Much of our development has been based around internationalisation. The school has just under seven thousand students today of which two and a half thousand are international. These students come from 137 different countries. Our own students are required to speak at least two foreign languages and have international experience in order to graduate at Master’s level. As well as being very international inside the school we also run programmes across the world from Bachelor to Doctoral level.
Grenoble is also a very international city. There are 500 foreign owned companies based here. These includes worldwide names such as HP, Caterpillar, Xerox, Siemens and Rolls Royce. Since the school was created in 1984, we have worked hard with such companies to ensure that we provide them with talented graduates capable of working in a global environment.
Because of its international outlook and hi tech industrial base Grenoble has also develped a reputation for being a leading centre for innovation. As you know, the relationship between innovation and business education is a constant preoccupation for us. The city is currently undertaking a project to build an Innovation Campus in which our school is a fully integrated partner. We are certain that over the next few years, innovation will continue to increase its impact on our ways working, of teaching and of learning. This will have an impact on how we address the upcoming global challenges.
We look forward to the rich discussions that will take place during the conference. I am certain that much is to be learnt from one another.
I hope that you will enjoy your time at the school and your stay in Grenoble. We would like to thank EFMD for choosing to bring this event to the Alps. I would also like to thank the team of the Centre for International Affairs for their time in organising the event within the school. In particular, I would like to thank Joelle Silvestre, Marie Laure Capelle, Andrea Yesilada, Ombeline Brechignac & Melanie Farissier for all their hard work.
It is a great honour to host all of you at Grenoble Ecole de Management and I wish you an excellent conference.
Please do not hesitate to call on any of us if you should require any help at all.