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EM Normandie opens a new international campus in Boston, USA

23 June 2023 Alumni News
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During a visit alongside Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre and President of the Urban Community Le Havre Seine Métropole, Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie, signed a partnership with UMass Boston College of Management (UMB-CM), reinforcing an existing agreement since 2016 and announcing the establishment of the French business school in the United States. This new campus, located within UMass Boston College of Management, will welcome its first students in September 2025.

At the end of April, Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre, went to the United States with a delegation of Le Havre's managers to reinforce the cooperation between the US and Le Havre on economic, port and academic issues. Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie, took advantage of this trip to announce the upcoming opening of the school in Boston. Between a visit to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the French delegation went to the UMass Boston College of Management (UMB-CM) to attend the signing of the official establishment of EM Normandie on the campus.

A new international campus in the USA
After Oxford, Dublin and Dubai, EM Normandie is pursuing its international development through a new partnership model with UMass Boston, which is part of the Massachusetts university ecosystem of excellence.

The establishment of the campus is the result of a historical and strategic partnership since 2016. UMB-CM and EM Normandie are already working closely together to place their research work, particularly on CSR, in an international dynamic to facilitate innovation and exchanges between students and teachers. To date, 300 students from EM Normandie's Master in Management have spent a semester studying at UMB-CM. To teach courses and develop joint research activities with UMB-CM professors, two EM Normandie professors – from all management disciplines – go to Boston every semester.

"This campus materializes an already strong relationship with UMB-CM and our will to develop a different partnership model. This strategic alliance in a world port city with a rich intellectual ecosystem is the equivalent of our campus in Oxford on the American East Coast. Our goal is to contribute to local economic development. We are delighted to be joining such a prestigious, AACSB accredited university, which is in line with our School for Good philosophy" explains Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie.

From September 2025 onwards, this campus will be able to welcome EM Normandie's BBA students who wish to spend a year of their Bachelor in Business Administration in the United States, in addition to the exchange students of the Master in Management programme.
In the longer term, joint Master's level programmes will be developed with UMass Boston College of Management in logistics, supply chain and CSR. In line with EM Normandie's School for Good philosophy and strategic orientations, this campus will also become a centre for CSR innovation. To support the development and growth of this 4th international campus, a permanent team will be recruited on site to ensure the transmission of the school's identity to this partner campus.

UMass Boston has a 25-year master plan to create an environmentally friendly and pedestrian-friendly campus. With new buildings and scenic walkways creating a greener, more welcoming campus.

“After seven years of fruitful collaboration, we are happy to see our historic partnership with EM Normandie has strengthened and that EM Normandie, a triple accredited French business school, is joining us to expand our partnership in many areas including fintech, business analytics, management, and logistics and supply chain management," adds Venky Venkatachalam. Ph.D. Dean of UMass Boston College of Management.

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