Choosing MBS is choosing to become a responsible leader in a changing world.
Students, alumni and the Admissions team of Montpellier Business School invite you to participate in the Webinar* “10 reasons to choose MBS” on Wednesday 24th February at 3pm (Paris time)
- Presentation of the programs: Grande Ecole Program, Bachelor Program, Masters of Science Program.
- Precisions on admission procedures.
- Live discussions to answer all your questions
*for international students only
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A certified and secure digital diploma
MBS is now one of the first Business Schools in France to deliver to its students a secure digital diploma with blockchain certification. “Following the graduation ceremony, young graduates will receive a unique link, valid for life, and will then be able to prove the authenticity of their diploma digitally, without the need to request it” explains Oscar Castellana, Head of the MBS Student Administration Department. Thanks to BCdiploma, the school is now able to dematerialize and fully automate the issuing of diplomas, certificates and attestations with the “blockchain” security level.
What does “blockchain” mean?
The blockchain is a decentralized, perennial and forgery-proof database. Graduates will thus have certificates of graduation that can be freely shared and verified without any procedure, for life. Indeed, the storage on the blockchain prevents the modification of documents and data, which also helps to fight against fraud.
What are the benefits for students, the school and recruiters?
“The process of issuing a diploma or a duplicate is subject to strict regulations, making it more difficult for the graduate and the employer to obtain a diploma or a duplicate during a recruitment process, for example. The confinement has shown us the need to carry out this digitization project in order to make life easier for students and recruiters,” says Oscar Castellana. With a single click, the document can be viewed on all devices and shared across all media, recruitment websites and professional networks. The student also has the possibility to download it in PDF format, with a QRcode referring to the blockchain link that confirms the authenticity of the document. In addition, recruiters will be able to consult the document in either French or English. “Other languages can be added later. Indeed, the tool is agile. In addition, it allows the certificate to be automatically updated when logos or accreditations are changed.” concludes Oscar.
A new association to allow students to get involved in the struggle and have access to an alternative listening unit
To offset risks related to sexism and discrimination, MBS gave its students and employees access to the Wethics platform acting as a listening and information unit. Thanks to this partnership, victims or witnesses of acts or behaviour that violate the integrity or rights of individuals will receive help provided by an independent expert within 12 hours of being exposed to the deed. They will also be referred to psychological support bodies.
Despite the platform being subject to strict ethics in terms of professional secrecy and victim protection, a student victim or witness of a discriminatory or violent act may prefer to exchange first with one of his peers.
“The creation of the Care About Us association is motivated by the desire to offer another open door to potential victims. Some students may feel more comfortable sharing their problems with someone whom they share the same status with, rather than speaking directly to a lawyer, psychologist, or member of the administration,” explains Shana Krief, President of the association.
Inform, raise awareness and support students on 4 main axes
Collaborating with several specialised associations in Montpellier, the goal of the new association of MBS, Care About Us, is to inform and educate students on 4 major key themes:
● The fight against sexism and sexual assault
● The fight against discrimination
● The fight against harassment and cyber stalking
● The fight against risky behaviour
“ To accomplish our mission, we are offering prevention campaigns, testimonials, training, sharing of literary and cinematographic content, and we will also put together support groups. At the same time, we plan to establish an around-the-clock counselling centre for students to confide in. The objective is to fight against the isolation of victims and to be able to help them find associations or professionals able to provide them with help in case they feel the need to ”. Shana concludes.
To follow them :
Taking part in a Montpellier Business School Open Day is an opportunity to discover the different programs and meet all the school’s services.
You will be able to talk with students, members of student associations and interact with graduates of the school!
All the services will be there:
- the Career Center & the Incubator for your professional projects
- the Diversity & CSR department for financing your studies and introducing you to all the support systems
- MBS Alumni to meet the alumni network
- the International service for discovering foreign partner universities
- Associations to meet the students who make up the life of the campus
- the Admission service for all your questions about the applications
- the Pedagogy service to learn more about the content of the programs
The event is now finished.
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Bachelor of International Business Administration
> 1 to 3 year course
> 4 possible tracks
> 100% in English or in French
A programme initiating you to Business and Management, combining professional and academic experiences (in France or abroad).
Programme Grande Ecole
> 2 to 3 year course
> 100% in English or in French
> 4 to 6 month internship
A programme recognised for its academic excellence, that prepares you for a wide range of career.
Masters of Science
> 18 month training
> 100%in English
> 5 MSc, 12 specialisations
A programme providing you the skills to become a specialist in a particular field, and opening up the doors to a wide range of international careers.
Can we teach leadership to students?
MBS trains future decision-makers, aware of the social and environmental impacts of their decisions, to engage in the responsible and sustainable transformation of the world. In order to achieve this ambition, the final year work-study students of the MBS Grande Ecole Program take part in an atypical pedagogical module to develop their leadership, i.e. their ability to guide and mobilize a group of individuals towards the achievement of a specific goal in a sustainable manner.
What is the particularity of this elective? It immerses learners in the world of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien in order to identify the constituent characteristics of leadership.
“In a work-study program, as in an internship, it is rare that a student has had the opportunity to manage a team so early in his or her career. Corporate theory and pedagogical cases are not always enough to capture the relationships and emotions that influence management and decision-making. It is therefore useful to look to art, novels and films to reproduce emotions and thus more easily assimilate complex leadership theories. “says Dr. Philippe Villemus, author of the book Le leadership selon la trilogie de l’anneau.
Bringing Middle-Earth closer to the major themes of business, management and sustainable development
Immersed in Tolkien’s universe, the alternates initiate a three-day quest in Middle-earth to identify the key characteristics of leaders in dialogues and speeches. “Using a reverse class methodology, students analyze the project, vision, motivation, autonomy, performance, team spirit, conflict management, stress and resilience of the protagonists and draw up a typology of groups and leaders. “explains Dr. Philippe Villemus.
“The objective for them is to recognize the similarities between fiction and reality, and to identify analogies with the help of managerial theories. For example, the students quickly assimilate the sorcerer Saruman, who leads his teams from the top of his tower, to a CEO and negative leader who would like to keep a distance of information from his teams. »
Immersion in this complete work allows students to develop a critical sense of the consequences of environmental policy and management. “From the anarchy of the County to the industrial dictatorship of the Orcs, all regimes are represented, and the environmental management of Middle-earth creates increasingly arid and devastated landscapes in regions where resource exploitation by Orcs is motivated only by performance and not sustainability. “says the professor.
The power of inclusion
Another common point between Tolkien’s work and MBS is the conviction that inclusion is a lever for collective performance. “The quest is carried out by a group that adapts to the diversity and characteristics of each person, which transcends each member in the missions they have to accomplish. Conversely, evil is represented by Sauron’s armies, mainly composed of Orcs who have been stripped of their identity. “analyses Dr. Philippe Villemus.
The work values autonomy and team spirit, and raises awareness of the impact that each member of the group can have, regardless of their hierarchical position. “The power, represented by the Ring, isolates its owner and drives them crazy, as the character of Gollum proves. When the group delegates the mission of destroying the Ring to Hobbit Frodo, it’s like entrusting the entire future of the company to a trainee. “An optimistic conclusion that demonstrates that at any level of experience or responsibility, MBS students can be pioneers and agents of change within their host company.
MBS aims to actively participate in building an open, responsible and sustainable economy and society, and thus train precursors to sustainable business transformation. In order to provide students with new educational resources and to guide companies towards sustainable financial management, the Chair of Social & Sustainable Finance was created by the Research Professors Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco and Dr. Thi Hong Van Hoang.
The Chair of Microfinance in Developed Countries evolves
Created in 2018 by Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco and committed alongside the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Financial Inclusion of MBS, the Chair of Microfinance in Developed Countries was a concrete expression of MBS’s commitment to Social Business. “Microcredit has evolved and is now a lever for inclusion so that individuals excluded from the traditional bank can finance a personal project and find a job. “explains Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco.
Supported by the Caisse d’Epargne Languedoc Roussillon (CELR), the Social & Sustainable Finance Chair and its incumbents Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco and Dr. Thi Hong Van Hoang are expanding the scope of action of the first Chair and are also conducting research on social banking, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Indicators and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).
Social and sustainable finance as a response to financial crises
Aligned with Montpellier Business School’s 2025 strategic plan, the Chair’s objective is to continue developing new initial and continuing education programs and to reinforce the Master of Science in Responsible Finance.
“The Chair is a real springboard for the creation of new educational content and prepares students for the new requirements of the financial markets. Several studies have proven that sustainable investment funds committed to CSR have been less negatively impacted by the crises, particularly the Covid-19 crisis. These responsible finance skills are now sought after by companies. “explains Dr. Thi Hong Van Hoang.
“Finance is no longer a discipline guided solely by financial performance and profitability. Our mission is to democratize the practice of this social and sustainable finance because it is motivated by environmental and social issues and can bring concrete solutions to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. “concludes Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco.
For more information, you can consult the page dedicated to the Chair here.
Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Thi Hong Van Hoang – email@example.com
PhD graduate from Lyon 2 University, Dr. Oussama AMMAR comes from SKEMA where he has held several positions since 2011. He was most recently Director of Bachelor Programs on all of Skema’s international campuses after having been for 4 years Academic Dean and Campus Director in Raleigh (USA) and Global Scientific Director of Msc International Business.Previously, he held faculty management responsibilities as Associate Chair of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship department. He started his career as a Lecturer at EDHEC for 3 years, then assistant professor at ISG.
Associate Professor in Strategy, he stands for an international and diversified experience of more than 15 years in the Business Schools world and joins MBS as the new Director of MBS Programs.
“I am delighted to join MBS as Program Director to help develop and internationalize the programs. My international experience and the network that I have been able to develop over the years will allow me to consider growth levers to bring our programs to the forefront and give them more visibility on the national and international market. It is also a question of reinforcing the academic quality of our programs and broadening our circle of academic and corporate partnerships in order to attract quality candidates and diverse profiles that reflect the DNA of our school. “
The entire MBS community welcomes him and wishes him every success in his new position.
Our partner Campus France keeps you updated about the changes that can occur in the reglementations while traveling during the health crisis.
“Decree No. 2020-1310 of October 29, 2020 modified the categories of countries of origin. Only European Union Member States are now included in the list of countries allowing exemption from testing.
International students and researchers coming from outside the European Union must first be tested before their departure; otherwise, they can be tested upon arrival, where systematic testing will be offered. For four countries (United States, Panama, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain), pre-testing remains absolutely mandatory to come to France.
In spite of the changing health situation, students and researchers continue to benefit from an exemption and can continue to come to France while complying with health regulations. International students in France are accompanied and supported by the institutions and the CROUS. All information on measures related to containment in higher education can be found in the MESRI Frequently Asked Questions.“