The latest partnerships in business education.

Kedge Business School in France and global asset manager Candriam have launched a research chair dedicated to sustainable finance. The chair will be led by Christophe Revelli. The chair will explore how sustainability and accountability issues create additional value and have an impact on businesses and the economic development of society as a whole.

The MIT Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge has entered into a five-year agreement with Queensland University of Technology Business School in Australia. The partnership will support academic exchange and provide students in QUT’s entrepreneurship program access to MIT Sloan’s global entrepreneurial networks. The schools also will create a two-week entrepreneurship and digital transformation immersion program that will launch in the summer of 2020 and enroll up to 60 QUT MBA and EMBA students.

Five universities in Florida have created an alliance to accelerate the advancement of women of color in the academic fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The Florida AGEP Pathways Alliance, which has received a US$2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will work with 300 doctoral, postdoctoral, and early-career minority women faculty to advance their careers in STEM. About $1.3 million of the grant will go to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. The remainder will go to Florida International University in Miami, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.

ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France, is launching a beauty program in collaboration with cosmetics company Estée Lauder, fragrance and cosmetics company IFF, and perfumery Nocibé of the Douglas Group. The new Leading a Beauty Brand Chair will be headed by Véronique Drecq.

Aston University in Birmingham, England, is partnering with online program management provider Keypath Education to deliver an online executive DBA program. The online executive DBA offers niche courses in subjects such as financial management, engineering and technology, and public administration.