KEDGE INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Kedge’s international and European strategy is defined as follows:
“Consolidate our international expansion through our fields of research and expertise and the establishment of local roots.”
Kedge is aiming for recognition as a global institution, offering distinctive management education and training, innovative conceptual research and direct links with the world of business. The actions undertaken in this respect are aimed at rolling out the international reach of our activities in-situ and off-shore, and at increasing co-operation with areas and partners presenting specific benefits in terms of our students’ employability.
Kedge’s international development is a central theme that needs to:
- Drive the internationalisation of the student and teaching body, and administrative staff
- Contribute to the quality of programmes, research, teaching and lives of regular and exchange students
- Demonstrate differentiation on the French and international business school marketplace
- Boost the international visibility of Kedge BS and its campus
- Build on the bridgeheads of our international campuses (Dakar, Shanghai and Suzhou).
This policy is set by the Kedge Board of Directors, senior management, and the Head of International Development (member of the Executive Committee). The policy is applied by the various departments involved in international activities.
It is coordinated by a quarterly International Management Committee, chaired by the Head of Development, and attended by representatives from each Department collectively deciding upon organisation-wide measures.
As regards partner choice, the approach is qualitative, organisation-wide and proactive, and entails:
- Creating genuine connections that make sense with our strategy directions, not simply having a vast number of partners
- Finding partners commensurate with our status and selection criteria, not simply taking any opportunities that arise.
Special attention is paid to the quality of university partners, including Erasmus Charters, accreditations (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA), ranking, research activity, teaching in English, prestige as a management education provider, and overlap with other areas of expertise.
As regards geography:
Kedge’s partnerships cover more than 61 countries and there are no geographical limitations.
The school has nonetheless set some priority action areas:
- emerging countries (Latin America, Far East, Africa and the Middle East).
- Northern and Eastern Europe, Canada.
These areas strongly reflect Kedge’s position in terms of CSR and embody its internationalisation strategy; they have universities and business schools that are recognised worldwide for their academic prestige, providing courses in English and offering added value to the employment market. They are often universities with which Kedge and its campuses have a connection.
The strategy of increasing inter-institution agreements follows a philosophy embracing quality and academic standards:
Erasmus Charter, ranking, international accreditation, teaching in English, prestige.
If the partner institution meets these criteria, approval is determined by the head of international development. It includes an on-site visit (in 80% of cases), a written report, a “new partner” proposal, and ratification by Senior Management. The International Department performs operational monitoring. The “Europe area” specialist is responsible for coordination with relevant partner institutions and students (learning agreements, course managers, transcripts, intelligence and traffic monitoring).
For corporate mobility, course agreements are written after approval of the objectives by a professor, who may also be responsible for supervising Master’s degree dissertations for the “Grande Ecole” programme.
Financial help for your trip abroad
The Erasmus+ scheme enables students to receive financial help for periods of study and traineeships based in Europe, more specifically in the following countries:
- Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom*, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany*, Greece*, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain*, Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia.
* Some partner universities, while having an Erasmus+ charter, are not eligible. List available upon request.
Unconditional financial help
Receipt of financial support is not subject to means testing. If you have any specific disability-related needs during your trip, you are requested to indicate your special requirements in order to apply for additional funding to cover any extra costs incurred during a period of Erasmus+ study or training. Grants are indexed against the cost of living in the country in which you are staying:
- Destination : Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland*, United Kingdom
- Studies: €250
- Traineeships: €400
- Destination : Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
- Studies: €200
- Traineeships: €350
- Destination : Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia
- Studies: €200
- Traineeships: €350
*Guideline maximum amounts subject to change.
- Kedge student, either on an academic exchange with a European university that has signed an Erasmus+ charter with our school, or undertaking a course of study in a European Union country;
- Exchange visit lasting at least three months or on a traineeship lasting at least two months;
- Apprentices are eligible for this help.
Kedge has an Erasmus+ budget set annually by the European Commission. Grants are awarded on the basis of the amount available. Kedge reserves the right to partly fund its students’ mobility.
In addition to submitting AQUIMOB (Bordeaux campus) or PRAME (Marseilles/Toulon campus) applications, eligible students must send specific documents relating to this grant that will be provided to students subsequently.
How much and for how long?
- Amounts: €200 to €400 per month of the exchange and/or traineeship visit for 12 months maximum per cycle (6 months maximum per annum).
These amounts* are set on the basis of the type of mobility and the destination country (see “Unconditional financial help” table).