Business Schools: support up to and including tailor-made courses

After two years of pandemic, the big change may not be in the distant… Focus on student support.

He is convinced of this: “We have entered a new situation where the priority is to provide personal support to our students”, says Jean-Nicolas Mannoni, Development Director of the ICD Business School (Paris and Toulouse).

These years of Covid have led schools to pay more attention to the development of students, also outside the classroom: “We are here to encourage them in positive times and help them in complicated situations, which are not lacking at this crucial age. “, sums up this manager again. The guidance goes through more and more levers and even intervenes in the intimate life of the young person if he wants to. The school can indeed act on a psychological level, with a service that is available 7 days a week. The same goes for administrative difficulties or many other matters: “Nutrition, health, housing, culture, sport: none of these dimensions is insignificant”, for the director of development of the ICD. And each can cause discomfort or dropout in studies.

Prevent stress

Individual support includes anticipating and coping with the occurrence of any kind of anxiety, “starting with financial stress, arguably the most destabilizing for a young person,” the business school specifies.

It acts as a partner in case of money problems, with a dedicated person to advise “in discretion” and to facilitate access to exchanges, bank loans or other mechanisms. “The most important thing is that we don’t let go until these tools are actually there. We are following the process closely,” emphasizes Jean-Nicolas Mannoni.

Give the choice

Personalization is also essential at EBS Paris (European Business School). “Students’ well-being depends on the ability to make choices. Presenting a ready-made offer of courses and specialties is not enough. We have to listen to what everyone really wants,” says Marion Bruneel, responsible for community life.

Thus, at every stage of their education, students can choose the language in which they want to study (French or English), the campus they want to go to, the internship program or not… They are also invited to express themselves, to attend themed workshops for to talk about their passion and to be involved as much as possible in associations, “a key factor in human ties and therefore in well-being”, explains Marion Bruneel.

After these two years of pandemic, “the priority is to be able to project ourselves back together,” she notes. What EBS students will soon be able to do on a brand new campus. That also matters.

“A radical transformation of the campus”

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3 questions for Vincenzo Vinzi, Managing Director of Essec

Being responsible, does it start with yourself?

I am convinced. That is why we have carried out a thorough transformation on our campuses. That of Cergy (Val-d’Oise), built in the 60s, perfectly illustrates the evolution of our behavior. The 6.5 hectares presented us with a challenge that we took on. Today, our energy consumption is 40% lower than the standards, we recover our waste ourselves and reach the target of 0 plastic by the end of 2022.

Why is this so important?

It’s tempting to think that a school’s impact is weak. It’s wrong. Let’s take the example of mobility: more than 5,000 students pass each other, circulating between our campuses, not forgetting our teams and partners. Our ambition is to reduce the environmental footprint of these journeys by a third, in particular by favoring the train for all journeys in Europe with financial support.

What about lessons?

This is where our influence is most decisive: 100% of our students are trained in ecological transformation. It mobilizes all disciplines because no training escapes this vital need. The leaders we train will only stay with Essec for a few years, but they will be permeated with these questions for the rest of their lives.

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