MBS pursues the development of its partnerships with prestigious universities and schools abroad

For nearly 30 years, Montpellier Business School has applied a strong international policy that began with the integration of a mandatory academic year abroad for students in the master’s programme, and then for students in the bachelor’s programme. In order to be able to today send more than 400 students to foreign universities each year, MBS continues to develop its partnerships with institutions of excellence around the world.

“We were one of the first higher education institutions to institute a mandatory year abroad, and without additional costs” explains Mr Yvon Desportes, Director of International Academic Relations at MBS. “To collaborate with the best schools, it was necessary to be a pioneer. We were therefore able to establish quality partnerships first in Europe, with the start of the Erasmus programme, then little by little spread our influence to be able to today offer more than 35 countries to our students in the master’s programme.”

Since 1987, the strategy of MBS has always been to offer students varied destinations, in varied world class institutions, with, if possible, a dual degree as a bonus. With international accreditations issued to MBS since 2011 – AACSB, AMBA, and EPAS – the school was able to increase its network abroad and aim for partnerships increasingly focused on academic excellence while offering greater selection in order to respond to the requirements of the bodies attributing the accreditations.

These requirements in fact demand an adaptation of the partnership strategy, which aims to be qualitative above all, and actually brings about a certain overall development of our establishment. “Finding accredited schools continues what we’ve been doing until that point, that’s to say collaborating with the best. In 8 months, we went from 38% to 43% of accredited UPE’s (AASCB, EQUIS, AMBA, or EPAS) by signing with 20 new schools, without terminating any previous contracts, and 25 other contracts are in the completion phase,” clarifies Mr Desportes. “We want to build solid and sincere relationships with the schools that share the same values, ambitions, and missions as us and establish an exchange that is beneficial for both parties. If a school is recognised and accredited but doesn’t seem compatible with MBS for any number of reasons, we begin the collaboration process just to increase the quotas. We will not reduce either our historic contracts with recognised but unaccredited schools, unless there is low productivity on one side or the other in terms of student exchanges. Our eyes are on the long term. The logical consequence of these collaborations would be to incidentally involve the teacher-researcher at an institutional level, in order to go farther in the academic exchange.”