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EM Normandie students commit to a sustainable world from the start of the academic year!

06 October 2023 School news
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EM Normandie is welcoming back 6,500 students in 2023, including over 2,000 newcomers.  To help them integrate easily and quickly adopt the values promoted by the school, the start of the new academic year is once again kicking off the 'School for Good' scheme, with three major new features: a dedicated Business Game, a special back-to-school website, a goldmine of information for students and their families, and lastly, an integration weekend (WEI), to round off this incredible freshers period and make it unforgettable!


From Business School to School for Good


"EM Normandie is committed to transforming its approach, in line with its School for Good philosophy, in order to achieve a positive societal and environmental impact by 2030 and involve students, graduates, staff and partners in this change. To this end, the school has decided to make social and environmental issues an integral part of students' training right from the start. For example, the Sustainability path plunges students right into the challenges of CSR, shedding light on the solutions that tomorrow's employees and entrepreneurs will need to implement in their organisations. By the end of their course, each student will have acquired the skills to 'Understand society's ethical and DD&RS* issues', 'Appreciate the complexity of sustainability' and 'Conduct their activities efficiently and responsibly by promoting sustainability'," explains Elian Pilvin, Managing Director of EM Normandie.

From Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September, post-baccalaureate students from the Grande Ecole Programme, the Bachelor's in International Management and the BBA, and new arrivals on the three national campuses (Caen, Le Havre and Paris), will be working in teams on a Business Game focusing on 4 CSR themes: long-distance mobility, everyday mobility, consumption/fast fashion and food.

Supported by 75 volunteer EM Normandie graduates and 50 guest speakers, the groups of around 15 students will build their project and present it in the form of a pitch to a panel of professionals. The aim is to introduce students to the challenges of sustainable development, get them to think about practical issues related to their daily lives and/or their local area, and familiarise them with the principles of setting up projects, particularly associations. The 3-day event will conclude with a prize-giving evening on each campus. *DD&RS or “développement durable des établissements d'enseignement supérieur” – sustainable development in higher education establishments


For all other students (PGE, BBA, Bachelor of International Management, MS or MSc or international students), the start of the new academic year will be spread over the following weeks in "seminar" mode, with themed workshops on commitment, interculturality, getting to grips with the tools and finding internships.


A major first: in September 2023, EM Normandie will welcome the 1st intake of Vietnamese students to its Le Havre campus as part of its partnership with UTC Hanoi. These 14 students will be doing their 3rd year of a Bachelor's degree.


On international campuses


In Dubai, Dublin and Oxford, students will be welcomed by local teams and quickly immersed in the ecosystem of their expatriate country through workshops to raise awareness about the right behaviour to adopt, team building, immersion in leading companies and evening events.


A dedicated back-to-school website


Designed for and by students, the website dedicated to the start of the new academic year is a new place to find all the practical information you need, campus by campus. Online since June and updated in real time, is a real goldmine for young people and their parents looking for information. The site includes:

  • Term dates
  • What needs to be included in your registration pack
  • Freshers week: what will be happening
  • Looking for accommodation
  • Educational funding
  • How to find work-related training schemes
  • Life on campus
  • And much more besides!


Freshers weekend (WEI) is back


After several years without a WEI freshers weekend, EM Normandie's General Management has decided to relaunch this special event at the end of freshers month, under the guidance of the Student Federation and the Student Bureaus (BDE) on the French campuses.

From 22 to 24 September, all the new entrants to the 1st year of the various different programmes will meet in Brittany for 3 days designed to help them integrate. The aim is to give them the opportunity to meet new people, forge bonds more easily and create a sense of togetherness and belonging to the EM Normandie community.

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