Montpellier Business School
26 January 2018

Jean-Louis Prades – Grande Ecole Programme through the VAE

Jean-Louis Prades – Grande Ecole Programme through the VAE

Thesis defence presented and validated for M. Jean-Louis. It was on Monday 7 December that the Director of Air France KLM Burkina Faso came to Montpellier Business School to pass his final VAE defence at the Grande Ecole Programme. A success which allows him, at 56, to be officially graduated from the Master’s programme, 30 years after obtaining his last degree.

Director of the airline company Air France KLM in Burkina Faso since 2012, Mr Jean-Louis Pradaes wanted to obtain this Master’s degree through the Validation of Acquired Experience, above all, for personal reasons. “I wanted to take stock of 30 years of professional experience including 20 years of management experience. And for me, it had to be formalised by something concrete“, he says just a few minutes after validating his defence at 100%. “I’ve obtained a BTS degree in Tourism more than thirty years ago and during my career, I benefited from a quality internal training but I also pursued some short courses leading to a qualification, including one course offered in partnership with EDHEC. And above all, I needed my own recognition of what I am capable of. For me, the VAE was therefore a good way to formalise this but also to take a step back from my professional life through deep introspective work on oneself”.

Jean Louis Prades therefore decided to join the Grande Ecole Programme of Montpellier Business School through the support of “Les 2 Rives” firm. “I didn’t know if I had the Master’s level but I was ready to try and get invested. Montpellier Business School is an internationally recognised Grande Ecole, ranked among the world TOP 50 business schools, which makes you want to take up the challenge! I worked from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso (editor’s note), from five up to ten hours a week, mainly on weekends, and my thesis was completed in twelve months. I really thank all people who have accompanied me in this adventure and especially Vincent Causse, consultant and associate director of the 2Rives. I really thank all the people who have accompanied me through this adventure and especially Vincent Causse, consultant and Associate Director of Les 2 Rives, and François-Xavier Théry, Business Development Director at Montpellier Business School”, says Jean-Louis Prades.

At the end of the defence after the examination board’s deliberation, we could feel Jean Louis Prades relieved and hear emotion in his voice. “The defence went very well even if I was a little tense and stressed at first. The deliberation was quick and now I am happy, relaxed and a little moved. I am very proud to be a graduate of the Grande Ecole Programme of Montpellier Business School and I will immediately announce it to my children”.

The Grande Ecole Programme of Montpellier Business School is one of the rare few that can be obtained through the Validation of Acquired Experience which is based on a general principle: competence is worth a degree.

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