The Brazil campus opened in 2015 in partnership with the Fondation Dom Cabral (Fundação Dom Cabral, FDC), the highest ranking business school in South America in the Financial Times’ (FT) Executive Education ranking.
Growth in student numbers
The Belo Horizonte campus has been very popular with students. Located in the Minas Gerais region - a region that is as big as France , also known as the Silicon Valley of Latin America – the campus will receive 600 students in fall 2017 compared to 200 in 2016 and 100 in 2015.
This expansion has meant that the school (and the campus director, Geneviève Poulingue) is recruiting three new professors who will join the team of 20 professors of Fondation Dom Cabral who already give courses. Four administrative collaborators will also be recruited one of whom will be in charge of corporate relations. SKEMA is also creating its own legal entity in Brazil and with the Fondation Dom Cabral will ask for the recognition of a first qualification by the Brazilian Ministry of Education.
Four new programmes
From the first semester 2017, four new programmes will be offered on the campus, one of which will be a joint programme with FDC called International Business – Global Leadership & Sustainable Development in Latin America that will be open to Brazilian students.
The three other programmes are SKEMA’s three masters of science (MSc) specially adapted for the context of Brazil and emerging countries:
Links with companies and start-ups
A first agreement with the government of the State of Minas Gerais was signed in 2016 to set up links with local firms. Today this agreement is furthered by two others. One with the AC Minas consortium, the equivalent of our chambers of commerce that group about 2000 companies (see photos). The third agreement was signed with SEED, Belo Horizonte’s international start-up incubator. These three agreements aim to offer SKEMA students assignments as junior consultants in these companies and local start-ups.