I hope you’ve spent a fruitful 2015-2016 academic year at EDHEC, having learned a lot and benefited from a wide range of experiences.
As we move into the summer period, I am happy to inaugurate this newsletter on behalf of EDHEC’s Graduate Programmes. It is designed to share information on EDHEC’s Masters with you on a regular basis.
Your programme is changing. This is why the first edition of the newsletter highlights a certain number of new features that await you in the next academic year. These changes stem from discussions with you, initiatives from the teaching faculty or from needs expressed by our corporate partners. We trust they will contribute to enriching your student experience at EDHEC and to preparing you better for any further studies and for your professional career.
Customised excellence will be provided by tailoring the level of economics and statistics classes for Pre-master students according to their profile on entry (i.e. this will depend on their type of baccalaureate /high school studies, preparatory class and/or university education). It is designed to avoid situations where certain students get bored in class as they’ve already treated the subjects, while others find it hard to keep up and fill the gaps in their knowledge.
This means that students with scientific backgrounds (e.g. from an ‘S’ baccalaureate stream, preparatory classes in economics and business studies (ECS) or in economics, quantitative methods and management (ENS Cachan D2), engineering, or from Year 2 of a bachelor of science course) will follow classes at advanced level in DAD and at standard level in economics (micro- and macro-economics); in contrast, students with backgrounds in economics and literary studies will follow classes at standard level in DAD and at advanced level in economics.
The Blue-ribbon Class (Classe Etoile) will be rounded out this initiative for excellence. The 10 best students in each class year, based on the results of exams in October (start and end-October) will be selected for this class and will benefit from three particular advantages:
Numerous working-groups and discussions have been conducted on tuition in line with the collaborative and co-construction principles set out at the start of the year by the M1 Academic Director Christine Coisne. These meetings also involved the school’s stakeholders (students, associations, faculty, pedagogical engineers, and coordinators for careers, international relations and student affairs). The conclusions from this process pointed to the overriding need for a student-centred approach. As a result, the pedagogical content and methods of M1 fundamental classes were reviewed to allow this new approach for both developing students’ intellectual agility and varying learning methods to be integrated into the curriculum. Traditional lectures will now be few, focused on essentials and largely interactive, with an important place for new technologies.
This has led us to set up more regular feedback and increase the amounts of e-learning, learning-by-doing, and the use of inductive methods in teaching.
For example, the Pitch Academy (public speaking/presentation class for students to acquire skills for convincing, created in 2015) has been reviewed and enhanced to enable students to benefit from greater individual feedback.
Students’ individual preparation has also been reinforced through new self-learning modules, for example, in the Strategy and Financial Analysis courses Business simulation games are to be introduced or multiplied in project management, human resources and operations classes.
A customised track is to be tested in semester 2 for students working on start-up projects. Admission will be via application
The international dimension will be integrated into the acquisition of management fundamentals:
On the international front, the objective is for students to master inter-cultural skills. Eighty students eager to improve their skills abroad will be able to take part in an academic exchange in M1, semester 2, destinations in countries such as Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Mexico, Norway, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Thailand and the USA.
For LLM (Law & Tax Management) students, this last academic year served as a test year for the EDHEC LLM Law Clinic, an initiative geared to enabling LLM students to furnish legal assistance to EDHEC associations. During the first months of the initiative, for example, a large contractual dispute was handled successfully with the help and involvement of a team of particularly motivated and creative budding in-house counsels! The experience was highly rewarding for everyone, students and professors alike. Several legal questions raised by EDHEC student associations were also settled simply by a few e-mail exchanges. The initiative will continue next year in order to raise its profile, to the benefit of all.
A new double degree curriculum will be available to students joining the MiM FE. Starting in September, EDHEC will offer a double degree - MiM FE – Master in Mathematical Engineering (Economics, Finance, Actuarial Science option) – in partnership with Nice-Sophia Antipolis University of Science. This double degree will enable selected EDHEC students to benefit from some of the most renowned applied mathematical engineering training in France, along with a top-quality specialisation in finance. Undoubtedly a fine opportunity for those eager for careers in quantitative techniques applied to finance!
The MiM FE is a partner programme of the CFA Institute. The partnership with investment professionals’ global association testifies to the excellence of the training in finance provided to students. It also allows EDHEC students to access at any time the full set of CFA resources on campus, in addition to the tuition they receive, thereby making it easier for them to prepare for and obtain the Institute’s widely recognised CFA Level 1 diploma as early as the Master 1 year.
An extensive range of electives!
Several new electives will be available for the new academic year:
Firstly, Master 1 students wishing to deepen their knowledge of econometrics applied to finance can take the new Topics in Financial Econometrics elective, and thus acquire indispensable practical skills for undertaking financial-market research.
The financial industry is undergoing numerous upheavals, whether linked to digital technologies or environmental complexity. Data is essential, as is knowing how to extract value from data and how to use it to transform or create services. To this end, Master 2 students will be offered two BIG DATA electives enabling them to familiarise themselves with the use of massive amounts of data in the field of capital-market finance (elective in Big Data Applications for Financial Markets, MSc in Financial Markets) or in the fields of credit, insurance and payment services (elective in Financial Data Analytics, MSc in Corporate Finance & Banking).
Lastly, the range of electives available in Master 2 for future entrepreneurs and investors has been expanded. Entrepreneurial Finance is an elective for the MSc in Corporate Finance & Banking focusing on how to secure financing when investing in start-ups, seed ventures and SMEs. It will be complemented with a Start-up Lab, aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that exist when launching start-ups, by having students work with entrepreneurs as consultants.