Albert School, a business and data-focused school opens in Paris

Through its program, Albert School delivers a Bac +3 Bac +5 level diploma that certifies dual technical and business competence applied to data science. The school, supported by Xavier Niel, Pierre-douard Strin and the Arnault family, will open its doors in Paris at the start of the academic year 2022. It will soon be deployed in the regions before developing in Europe and then in Asia.

While data science has become a competitive advantage and a real challenge for companies, they struggle to find specialized profiles in this field. The opening at the start of the next school year of the Albert School, a business school focused on data, aims to respond to the lack of talent that threatens companies in the exploitation of their data. Created by Grégoire Genest, founder of Neos, a start-up publisher of a scan and go payment service and former student of École Polytechnique, this post-baccalaureate program implements a hybrid pedagogy to train the future generation of data science entrepreneurs. “The data-driven culture has become essential to guide companies to make the right decisions and enable them to manage their operational performance”, believes the manager. For him, the lack of qualified professionals can help slow down their competitiveness. “Hence the idea of ​​a business course resolutely centered around data, so that our students become aware of the competitive advantage that comes from their exploitation”, he explained.

The course is predominantly English-speaking and will continually confront students with concrete business issues. To support the students, the school has recruited a team of professors from recognized institutions (X, HEC, ENS, Stanford). The project is also dependent on several partnerships that have been entered into both with IT start-ups (PayFit, Ynsect, Big Mamma, etc.) and with large groups (LVMH, IBM, Foncia, etc.) that strive for the emergence of ​​a “data savvy” ”. It counts among its main investors the co-founder of Iliad/Free Xavier Niel as well as Pierre-Édouard Stérin, at the head of Lafourchette and Smartbox boxes, together with the Arnault family. While selections are ongoing, a first class of 60 hand-picked students will join this course at the start of the 2022 academic year with the choice of a 3- or 5-year bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Motivation and English requirements

On the menu, an intensive course (ie 900 hours of lessons for the bachelor’s degree) dedicated to learning commerce, finance, marketing, strategy. All this supplemented by teaching in mathematics and data processing as well as computer coding. The Master’s cycle, for its part, leads to several specializations: entrepreneurship, blockchain and web3, finance and IA, marketing and IA. Internships are also offered as support with a job offer from the education’s partner companies. The school will install its first campus of more than 2500 m² in the heart of Paris, rue de Paradis (Xe). The goal is to educate 160 students per year. The entire admission process takes place online in three phases, namely a cognitive test, examination of the academic record and then an interview to validate the candidates’ motivation and English level. Applicants must have a solid level of mathematics.

Tuition fees will be comparable to those at a traditional business school, with financial aid options. “We offer loan schemes that can be repaid by students as soon as they enter the labor market,” said Grégoire Genest. Barely installed, the Albert School already shows ambitions to open up in the region before tackling the international “After Paris, we plan to open a campus in Aix-en-Provence and then export our program to Europe, in the UK, Spain, Portugal , Belgium and Switzerland”, aims the chairman and founder of the establishment. After this, it is the turn of other foreign markets, with Asia soon in sight with installations in Singapore and China.

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