Hult Business School, very golden British campus

Typically Anglo-Saxon, the example of Hult Business School confirms that higher education – particularly that of management – ​​has fully entered the era of globalization. That it has become both an economic stake (a “market”) and a tool of influence for States. This is the new deal, at least for some of the players.

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What does Hult offer? First of all, unparalleled study conditions: a completely renovated campus, in the heart of London, flanked by a comfortable residence with 360 rooms and studios. And also, an hour away by car, in the middle of the countryside, a little gem of a medieval monastery, with its woodwork, its monumental staircase and its huge wooded park. This living environment is expensive: 32,000 pounds per year, or more than 34,500 euros.

Solidarity economy

Adding accommodation, supplies, insurance and various other expenses, the bill for one year approaches 60,000 euros. Prices that do not prevent Hult from attracting students from all over the world. And among them, every year, about twenty or thirty French students. It is that the school can play thoroughly on four arguments.

Hult’s number one asset is, of course, the lure of London. “This city is an open door to Europe and the world, a crossroads of opportunities, enthuses Ronan Gruenbaum, the dean. You can find the most beautiful museums there…” Add the entire English language to the business world. Also, the emphasis is placed on the multicultural dimension of the school: there are 128 nationalities, 80 languages ​​are spoken. And the faculty itself is very international.

“The teachers know us all, we can contact them at any time, and the atmosphere is very warm”, says Claire Bourgeois, a French student

Second advantage of Hult: a very concrete teaching, based on projects. “Students work with companies, work on case studies, and group work occupies a prominent place”, underlines Ricardo Reinoso, director of the bachelor. Most teachers also have dual experience, academic and industrial. The school also benefits from significant support: that of the Bill Clinton Foundation, which helps it organize an annual competition for student projects around the solidarity economy. With tens of thousands of participants, the “Hult Prize” has become one of the leading student competitions in the world.

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Third strong point, the follow-up of the pupils. “Here, it’s like a second family, says Claire Bourgeois, a 20-year-old Frenchwoman, in 3e baccalaureate year. The teachers know us all, we can contact them at any time, and the atmosphere is very warm. You can make friends from all over the world. » Support groups are organized for those who struggle to follow. Hult thus intends to offer its students “an academic journey” and “a real transformation” personal. “The focus is not on degrees, but on how students progress, continues Ronan Gruenbaum. We seek to get them out of their comfort zone, but without pushing them to the point of stress, and by accompanying them step by step. »

Everything, finally, is served by shock marketing. Hult hears old “the leaders of tomorrow, those who want to travel, experiment, do business all over the world…”, lists Ronan Gruenbaum in front of an audience of parents and candidates. “Welcome to our school of future leaders, talented entrepreneurs and creative minds”, for her part, wishes Jannicke Roos, in charge of programs at 1uh cycle, by welcoming its new pupils.

Weaknesses too

In terms of programs, Hult focuses above all on the bachelor’s degree in three or four years. A second bachelor’s degree is offered in just two years, in four countries. The school thus recruits worldwide at baccalaureate level. Then students can pursue a master’s degree or an MBA. The London campus is mainly intended for initial training, while the former monastery is reserved for the MBA and training for leaders. But Hult has other campuses, in Boston and San Francisco, as well as in Dubai. The selection opens on the academic level, but also on “motivation for business”, curiosity, leadership, extracurricular activities… And a good level of English is required. About 50% of applicants are accepted.

Created in 1964 by the auditing consulting firm AD Little to teach management, the school became Hult Business School in 2003, then merged in 2015 with Ashridge Business School. Acquired two years ago by the Education First (EF) group, one of the world leaders in language teaching, Hult has just received AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation after that of AMBA (Association MBAs), but it is not Equis (European Quality Improvement System) accredited.

However, this model also has its weaknesses. First of all, its high cost, of course, which reserves enrollment for students from very well-to-do backgrounds. Then Brexit, which threatens the attractiveness of all establishments in the United Kingdom. Finally, the election of Trump and his anti-immigration inclinations may dampen the enthusiasm of international students for the United States, where the school has a strong presence.

Take part in the exhibition of the Grandes Ecoles du “Monde”, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November

The 13e edition of the Salon des grandes écoles (SaGE) takes place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November in Paris, at the Docks, Cité de la mode et du design (13e district), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than one hundred and fifty business and engineering schools, IAE, IEP, specialized schools, prepas will be represented at the show, allowing to discuss the different programs and their accessibility (post-baccalaureate, post-prepa or after a baccalaureate + 2, +3 or +4). High school students, students and parents could attend thematic conferences led by journalists from Le Monde Campus. A team of twenty “coaches” will be at their disposal to advise them, help them define their orientation project, prepare for competitions, write their CV…

Admission to the SaGE is free, online pre-registration is recommended for quicker access to the Show. The list of exhibitors and practical information can be found on the SaGE website.

This show was given priority in the publication of our supplements dedicated to engineering schools (in The world dated Wednesday, November 7 and online by following this link) and to business schools (in The world dated Thursday, November 8 and on Le Monde.fr Campus here).

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