Collaborations | August 2020

Schools partner up to support entrepreneurship, create a suite of online exec ed programs, and establish new programs in China.

The Embassy of France in South Africa is working with the Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Together, they are developing a program to support entrepreneurial networks in South Africa by helping leaders of associations develop skills in entrepreneurship and innovation. The six-month training program will be offered by the GIBS EDA in a blended format of online activities, classroom components, and action learning projects. It will be delivered to 20 members from five entrepreneurship associations: the Circle of Global Women Business, the African Farmers Association of South Africa, the AMEU Women in Electricity, the Women’s Chamber of Entrepreneurs, and the South African Grain Farmers Association.

The Harbert College of Business at Auburn University in Alabama is partnering with Radiance Technologies, a cybersecurity and engineering company, to allow Radiance employees across 12 states to earn online MBAs. Radiance is paying 100 percent of tuition and fees. While streaming technology will allow Radiance participants to view live classroom lectures, Auburn faculty also will periodically visit the company’s facilities in Huntsville, Alabama.

Imperial College London has partnered with online education provider EMERITUS to create a suite of online executive education programs that address digital transformation. Among the topics covered will be machine learning for decision making, digital marketing, customer analytics and engagement, business analytics, and coding fundamentals. In addition, Imperial is taking six executive education programs that are usually delivered on campus and offering them in a virtual format. These include courses on fintech, digital banking, machine learning, and digital transformation strategy.

Columbia Business School in New York City has partnered with media company TIME to offer a series of online, on-demand business classes called The Business of Change. The classes include topics such as becoming a successful leader, creating a customer-centric marketing strategy, understanding the fundamentals of corporate finance, and developing negotiating skills. With the financial support of business technology company Deluxe, the classes are priced at between US$65 and $195. Students earn certificates of participation upon completing each class. The Business of Change launches within TIME for Learning, a new educational initiative that brings educational resources to the media company’s audiences.

The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has joined a network of business schools across Canada participating in an internship program created by Mitacs, a nonprofit that fosters Canadian growth. The Mitacs Business Strategy Internship is a 16-week paid internship designed to provide students with practical experience as they help organizations looking to modify business operations that were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Student interns will be eligible for a CAN$10,000 stipend from Mitacs, as well as funding from the participating schools and employers. At Queen’s University, the Smith School also is providing incremental funding and support to ensure that a portion of the internship projects focus on advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity, and indigeneity (EDII).


SKEMA Business School in France has signed two strategic agreements with Chinese academic institutions. In the first agreement, SKEMA and Nanjing University will jointly establish the NAU-SKEMA Institute, which will offer a four-year, full-time undergraduate program. The program, delivered in a blended format, will include courses in financial engineering, auditing, information management and information systems management, and engineering management. In the second, SKEMA and Xi'an Jiaotong University will deliver a joint master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovation that focuses on big data and artificial intelligence.