A cooperative agreement regarding the “Sino-French Institute of Arts and Design Management” le 01/07/2016

PARIS-SORBONNE UNIVERSITY AND THE ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS JOIN KEDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL AND THE CHINA CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS AS PARTNERS IN THE SINO-FRENCH INSTITUTE FOR ARTS AND DESIGN MANAGEMENT

On Thursday 30 June 2016, at the Sino-French Higher Education forum at Paris Descartes University, in the presence of the Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong and French Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Professor FAN Di'an, President of the Académie Centrale des Beaux-Arts of China, Barthélémy JOBERT, President of Paris-Sorbonne University, Marc PARTOUCHE, Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, and François PIERSON, President of KEDGE Business School, signed a cooperative agreement regarding the “Sino-French Institute of Arts and Design Management” of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. 

The first cooperative agreement, officially signed 29 January 2015 in Beijing, established the “Sino-French Institute for Art and Design Management” between the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China and KEDGE Business School, in attendance were the French and Chinese Prime Ministers. This most recent cooperative agreement welcomes two new French institutions in the partnership. Université Paris Sorbonne and the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs have made their partnership official, working with KEDGE BS and China Central Academy of Fine Arts to create the Sino-French Institute.

The goal of this agreement is to establish an unprecedented international scientific and academic cooperation in the field of art, culture, design and creative industries management by creating a high-level institution of university education that trains highly qualified managers. The institution seeks to provide strong strategic and operational support for social and economic development in the arts and cultures of both countries. 

The Art and Design Management programme at the Institute is first of its kind in the world among combined institutes of higher education. Bringing together art and management, this programme of excellence is unparalleled. It is taught in Shanghai, China and Bordeaux and Paris in France, in three languages (Chinese, English, French) to students who have passed a rigorous selection process. 

The first year will be held in September 2017. Eighty students will be enrolled in the five-year programme, spending three of those years in China and two in France. They will also receive a double Chinese-French diploma at the Bachelor and Master level. The programme will be taught in English and students must undergo intensive French language courses. 

The Sino-French Institute will benefit from the academic resources of four teaching institutions: 

  • the Central Academy of Fine Arts will teach courses on art history, art theory, applied art and design, 
  • Paris-Sorbonne University will bring a Western perspective to art history and museum studies, 
  • KEDGE Business School will teach all management courses and management for the arts and creative industries, and 
  • the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris will teach all design courses. 

The Musée d’Orsay, alongside a plethora of other artistic and cultural institutions in France and China, will be invited as a partner to KEDGE Business School to lead certain hands-on workshops and professional seminars. Mosaic, the Centre for Creativity and Innovation at HEC Montréal, will also be a KEDGE BS partner, teaching some graduate courses.

Paris-Sorbonne University and KEDGE BS are both already recognized as having strong expertise in French-Chinese partnerships in higher education. Indeed, Paris-Sorbonne University, KEDGE BS and Paul Valéry University established the first Chinese-foreign Institute for social science in March 2012 in Suzhou: “Sino-French Institute of Renmin University of China”. Two hundred trilingual Chinese students graduate each year after completing a double degree programme over five years, focusing on finance, economics, management, applied foreign languages and the humanities. 

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