Digital Transformation is potentially a game-changer in higher education. At SKEMA Business School, the unique multi-campus experience enjoyed by our students presents special challenges as we connect the worldwide student learning experience across our different locations. SKEMA's partnership with Microsoft France seeks to pool the expertise of the two partners to enable SKEMA to succeed its digital transformation by leveraging its unique business model.
The partnership agreement was signed by Alice Guilhon, Dean of SKEMA Business School, and Alain Crozier, former-President of Microsoft France, on June 29th, 2016. SKEMA and Microsoft have a shared vision of business education: to educate and train future managers and leaders to be mobile, adaptable and fully empowered to work in the global knowledge economy. SKEMA graduates should be Global Knowledge Economy Talents, and the partnership with Microsoft gives SKEMA the edge in achieving this through the three pillars of the agreement:
Teaching and Learning Innovation
- Joint program in Digital Business and Big Data.
- Entrepreneurship support through the BizSpark program, which enables high-flyers with ambitious start-up projects free access to a range of Microsoft products.
- International case studies provided by Microsoft.
Partners in technology for intercampus connectivity
- Roll-out of Microsoft's collaborative solutions suitable for the multicampus environment, including simultaneous translation tools, internal social networks and new interactive Surface Hub screens. This will enable students and staff on all campuses to work and interact in identical environments.
- Assist SKEMA with the implementation of its new Entreprise Resource Planning system.
Host all SKEMA applications on the Azure cloud platform to ensure optimal access for all SKEMA campuses.
- Set up a careers laboratory to predict the jobs and professions of tomorrow arising from the emergence of new technologies.
SKEMA's digital transformation in the context of this partnership will imply an investment of €15 million over 5 years.