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16 April 2018

The Societe Generale and MBS renew their grand partnership and create a disability scholarship

The Societe Generale and MBS renew their grand partnership and create a disability scholarship

By renewing their collaboration initiated in 1993, Montpellier Business School and the Société Générale are celebrating in the most beautiful way 25 years of partnership under the sign of multiple commitments. Support for equal opportunities policy, recruitment, educational support or even students bank account offers are all areas of collaboration that will make it possible to move forward and strengthen an already strong and transversal partnership. The creation of a “disability scholarship” for the 2018 academic year added a further stone to this edifice.

On the occasion of the renewal of the major partnership agreement with Société Générale, Matthias Bauland, Deputy Dean in charge of Development at MBS, recalled the historical background of this collaboration: “Since 1993, Société Générale and MBS have shared values and commitments that concern in particular the school’s equal opportunities policy. Société Générale is a founding member and major donor of the MBS Foundation for Equal Opportunities since 2007. It also supports this policy by awarding three merit scholarships each year to the Bachelor and Grande Ecole Programmes students and by financing projects of MBS’s student associations.

Besides continuing its various financing and donation programmes, the Société Générale will support the MBS diversity policy at the start of the 2018 academic year with the creation of an annual 14,000 euro scholarship grant initiated by the Regional Directorate and signed at the national level. 28,000 euros of funding will be spread over 2 years to help students with disabilities going abroad for a year and financing their studies. “For us, this question is of vital concern and it represents a way of helping students with disabilities to pursue their studies at a leading management school”, says René Alary, Regional Director of Société Générale and Director of the MBS Foundation for Equal opportunities.

Towards an acceleration in the recruitment of apprenticeship candidates

Recruitment is another area of collaboration. It should be noted that 76 MBS graduates from all of the programmes are currently working at Société Générale and that the development of the collaboration “apprenticeship” is also part of this partnership renewal programme. But that’s not all. MBS students will also continue to benefit from the educational collaboration with this Major Partner, who is already leading the Métiers de la banque certificate (banking’s core businesses certificate) in the final year of the Grande Ecole programme. And of course, Société Générale will continue to be at their side to offer them banking services on the best terms.

“It is a pleasure to be here today”, concludes Stéphane Bourdonnec, Société Générale’s General Delegate in LR and PACA. “We have a very rich relationship and a partnership with a major school like MBS, which is an opportunity for us to reaffirm that a retail bank must remain connected to reality and to students. So we’ll try to keep doing great things together in the coming years!”

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