Hult Business School, very golden UK campus

Typically Anglo-Saxon, the example of Hult Business School confirms that higher education – especially management – has fully entered the era of globalization. That it has become both an economic effort (a “market”) and a tool of influence for states. This is the new deal, at least for some of the players.

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What does Hult offer? First and foremost, unrivaled study conditions: a fully renovated campus in the heart of London, flanked by comfortable accommodation with 360 rooms and studios. And also, an hour’s drive, in the middle of the countryside, a little gem of a medieval monastery with its woodwork, its monumental staircase and its huge wooded park. This housing environment is expensive: 32,000 pounds per year or more than 34,500 euros.

Solidarity economy

If you add housing, utilities, insurance and various other expenses, the bill for a year approaches 60,000 euros. Prices that do not prevent Hult from attracting students from all over the world. And among them, every year, about twenty or thirty French students. It is that the school can play thoroughly on four arguments.

Hult’s number one asset is, of course, the allure of London. “This city is an open door to Europe and the world, a crossroads of opportunities, enthused Ronan Gruenbaum, the dean. You can find the most beautiful museums there…” Add the advantage of the English language to the business world. Emphasis is also placed on the multicultural dimension of the school: there are 128 nationalities, 80 languages ​​are spoken. And the faculty itself is very international.

“The teachers know us all, we can contact them at any time and the atmosphere is very warm”, says Claire Bourgeois, a French student

Another advantage of Hult: very concrete teaching, based on projects. “Students work with companies, work with case studies and group work takes a prominent place”, emphasizes Ricardo Reinoso, director of the bachelor. Most teachers also have dual experience, academic and industrial. The school also benefits from significant support: that of the Bill Clinton Foundation, which helps it organize an annual competition for student projects around the solidarity economy. With tens of thousands of participants, the “Hult Prize” has become one of the leading student competitions in the world.

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Third strong point, the follow-up of the students. “Here it’s like another family, says Claire Bourgeois, a 20-year-old French woman, in 3e bachelor year. The teachers know us all, we can contact them at any time and the atmosphere is very warm. You can make friends from all over the world. » Support groups are organized for those who find it difficult to keep up. Hult thus intends to offer his students “an academic journey” and “a real transformation” personal. “The focus is not on degrees, but on how students develop, continues Ronan Gruenbaum. We seek to get them out of their comfort zone, but without pushing them to a point of stress, and by accompanying them step by step. »

Everything is finally served by shock marketing. Hult intends to form “tomorrow’s leaders, those who want to travel, experiment, do business all over the world…”, enumerates Ronan Gruenbaum before an audience of parents and graduates. “Welcome to our school for future leaders, talented entrepreneurs and creative minds”, for her part, Jannicke Roos, program manager at 1eh cycle, by welcoming its new students.

Also weaknesses

In terms of education, Hult focuses above all on the bachelor’s degree in three to four years. A second bachelor’s degree is offered in just two years in four countries. The school thus recruits worldwide at matriculation level. Then the students can take a master’s degree or an MBA. The London campus is mainly intended for undergraduate education, while the former monastery is reserved for MBA and executive education. But Hult has other campuses, in Boston and San Francisco, as well as in Dubai. The selection takes place on the professional level, but also on “motivation for business”, curiosity, leadership, leisure activities… And a good level of English is required. About 50% of applicants are accepted.

Established in 1964 by accountancy consultancy AD Little to teach management, the school became Hult Business School in 2003, then merged in 2015 with Ashridge Business School. Hult, acquired two years ago by Education First (EF), a world leader in language teaching, has just received AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation following AMBA (Association of MBA), but it is not Equis (European Quality Improvement System) accredited.

However, this model also has its weaknesses. First and foremost is the high cost, of course, which reserves enrollment to students from very affluent backgrounds. Then Brexit, which threatens the attractiveness of all businesses in the UK. Finally, the election of Trump and his anti-immigration leanings may dampen international students’ enthusiasm for the US, where the school has a strong presence.

Attend the exhibition of the Grandes Ecoles du “Monde”, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November

The 13the edition of the Salon des grandes écoles (SaGE) will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November in Paris, at the port, Cité de la mode et du design (13e district), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than one hundred and fifty vocational and engineering schools, IAE, IEP, special schools, prepas will be represented at the exhibition, giving the opportunity to discuss the different programs and their availability (post-baccalaureate, post-prepa or after a matriculation + 2 , +3 or +4). High school students, pupils and parents will be able to participate in thematic conferences led by journalists from Le Monde Campus. A team of twenty “coaches” will be at their disposal to advise them, help them define their career plan, prepare for competitions, write their CV…

Admission to SaGE is free, online pre-registration is recommended for faster access to the show. List of exhibitors and practical information can be found on SaGE’s website.

This fair was preceded by the publication of our supplement dedicated to engineering schools (i The world dated Wednesday 7 November and online by following this link) and to business schools (i The world dated Thursday 8 November and on Le Monde.fr Campus here).

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