Our mission

Training innovative and responsible managers

The mission of Montpellier Business School is “to train, through our higher education programmes, managers that are strong in their diversity, aware of their global responsibility in carrying out their missions, and able to adapt to changes in local, national and international environments.” (By ‘global’, we understand societal, economic and environmental responsibility).

Respect for tradition
Montpellier Business School was founded in 1897 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier (CCI) with the visionary goal of “training economic leaders.” Today, the school is pursuing its mission to achieve higher education that is rooted in the 21st century by “training responsible, innovative and international managers.” Montpellier Business School is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE), which unites the best French Grandes Écoles of management and engineering. It is also a member of the School of Management Chapter of the CGE, which groups together the 40 French Grandes Écoles of management that issue Master’s Degrees (Grade de Master).

A pioneer in Diversity
Montpellier Business School has implemented a policy of equal opportunity inspired by the values of openness and diversity and global responsibility and performance. In particular, as a result of this policy, the school has created numerous financial aid packages and scholarships, signed the United Nations Global Compact in 2007 and has obtained the Diversity Label issued by AFNOR (the French standardization agency). The school is one of only two institutions of higher education in France to obtain this label among 200 companies that have also received the designation.

The international dimension
International policy is integral to the mission of Montpellier Business School, which is reflected in the school’s international accreditations. This policy meets the requirements of a job market in a highly competitive and globalized environment, which requires managers in all areas to be familiar with foreign languages and the constant changes in emerging or more industrialized areas.

The international dimension begins in cultural exchanges on the campus itself, where international students make up 25% of the student body. It is reinforced by the fact that all students in the Master Grande École programme and the Bachelor of International Business Administration programme are required to spend at least one year abroad at a partner university or to participate in one or more international academic and entrepreneurial experiences. Furthermore, all programmes can be pursued in the French and English languages.

Every year, new agreements are signed with other foreign universities to further expand the range of choices open to students that fulfill the requirements of the Group and the accreditation agencies, ensuring compliance with international standards of cooperation.

Among the international policy measures to promote diversity, External International Recruitment Centers have been set up in various countries, supporting the recruitment of international students who wish to pursue their studies in Europe in general and in Montpellier in particular.

The power of a business network
Hundreds of companies have close ties to the Group and offer internships to students either by giving them assignments during their studies or by taking them on for internships or apprenticeships.
Montpellier Business School Business Club brings together the major companies that have chosen to actively support Montpellier Business School in its development strategy and policies. These companies contribute in particular to projects concerned with defending the values of diversity, openness and global responsibility and performance (by sponsoring merit scholarships, other financial assistance and by supporting the Group’s Foundation).

The Group’s business ties are also evident in the role that senior executives play in the professional specializations of the last year of the Master Grande École programme at the Montpellier Business School and in the context of career conferences. Graduates connected to the Business School through the Alumni Association form a network of 11,000 members. Many also return to the school to serve as jury members, attend job fairs and to work as Montpellier Business School ambassadors.

Academic Excellence and innovative teaching
The school’s innovative and constantly evolving academic curriculum and teaching methods enable future managers to introduce a spirit of management innovation into organizations, thus providing businesses with sustainable added value. Students are equipped with methods and tools that meet the quality requirements of international standards for accreditation.
Montpellier Business School recognizes the core idea that business competitiveness is based on innovation and encourages professors to practice this discipline, resulting in a focus on research, knowledge production and the generation of analytical frameworks and new methods.

 
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