United States. Hult, a new kind of business school

Once in need, Hult was bought in 2003 by the founder of the Swedish language travel group Education First (EF), billionaire Bertil Hult, who made it a war machine† Founded in San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, London and Dubai, Hult is now one of the largest business schools in the United States, gradually climbing the rankings.

In San Francisco, the school brings 800 students together in the city center. A beautiful modern building, decorated like a start-up, with open spaces, carpeted floors, areas for chess, benches and large tables for working in small groups. The campus is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The teacher and administration offices have transparent, open doors and borders to the classrooms. Hult also owns a building to house his students in Oakland.on the other side of the bay, where rents are lower.

Priority for the bachelor

Unlike most US business schools, which focus on the MBA and bring together few students, Hult decided very early on to position himself in the bachelor niche, targeting young people just out of high school.† To pick up prospective students in India, China or Brazil, it relies on local recruiters on site.

While in the United States, one in two students drop out before completing their bachelor’s degree, Hult claims to have a 93% retention rate

Hult also distinguishes itself by theinternationalization of the curriculum : it offers its MBA students the opportunity to change country every six months and go to a total of three campuses† An unusual system in the United States.

The school isn’t very selective (two-thirds of applicants are admitted at undergraduate level), but Hult prides itself on retaining its students. While in the United States, one in two students drop out before completing their bachelor’s degree, Hult claims to have a 93% retention rate

Place Foreign Students in US Companies

If Hult has decided to focus primarily on foreign students, it is because more and more of them want to study in the United States and their needs and expectations are specific, especially when looking for a first job

95% of our students on the San Francisco campus are international† There are a total of 120 nationalities represented,” explains Manpreet Dhillon, professor at Hult in San Francisco and also responsible for the career center.

“The real specificity of my job is to help them with their visa procedures so that they can find a job in the United States when they leave. Placing foreign students in companies here is really our specialty† 45% of our graduates get jobs in the United States, which is unbelievable given the additional difficulties they may face.”

A student start-up competition

Convinced of the effectiveness of his model, Hult plans to strengthen it† In San Francisco, the establishment plans to build a new campus to double the number of undergraduate students. Same in Boston.

Marketing issue, the school is not left out. To make your brand known around the worldHult had an effective idea. in 2010, she created a competition for starting students in the field of solidarity economy and managed to get it sponsored by a powerful foundation: that of the Clintons. The Hult Prize has grown into one of the largest student competitions in the world, with 30,000 entrants in 2015. Each September, it is Bill Clinton who announces the winner’s name.

In October 2015, Hult had another big hit. The establishment has merged with Ashridge, an English business school specializing in continuing educationbut who had some financial problems since 2008.

An operation that makes it possible to restore in its files Ashridge’s 6,000 client companies, as well as the 60 professors and the research activities of this school – an area it had not developed until now. The newly merged group has 400 teachers and nearly 3,000 students. Enough to put Hult in the clan of schools that matter.

Learning Expedition EducPros
Hult Business School was part of the EducPros Learning Expedition visits to Silicon Valley in early November 2015. The delegation also visited Stanford, Berkeley, Autodesk, Techshop, Coursera…

A true dive into the heart of innovation and the West Coast ecosystem, this study tour was an opportunity for the participants to forge new partnerships and launch numerous projects.

Next departure in May 2016 to Israel, the Start-up Nation.

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