Nilesh Gaikwad
Nilesh Gaikwad

Hyderabad: Here is some good news for all students aspiring to pursue professional education in the globally acclaimed EDHEC Business School, a leader in French Grandes Écoles specialising in business and management.

It is a good indicator that, notwithstanding, the penchant of most MBA and Engineering-inclined Indian students to enrol in universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, there has been a steady increase in the number of those seeking to study in France in general, and EDHEC Business School in particular.

This is especially so for the Graduate and Masters courses they offer with the mentorship taken care of by world-class faculty and infrastructural support that ranks amongst the best in the world in its genre. The latest development, coming courtesy of the School, is that it has expanded its horizon in India and is coming closer to the two Telugu-speaking States.

For an internationally reputed institution that has student Exchange Partnership with the IIMs in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore and Udaipur, EDHEC Business School has struck a similar arrangement with the hugely reputed ISB Hyderabad. This was announced by Nilesh Gaikwad, EDHEC Business School’s Country Manager for India.

He pointed out that with three campuses in Lille, Nice and Paris and two international offices in London and Singapore, EDHEC Business School currently commands a strength of 8,000 students in traditional graduate and undergraduate programmes. It has 150 partner universities and a network of more than 40,000 alumni in over 125 countries. India and China rank foremost in terms of student participation every academic year.

Following the latest tie-up, students from ISB’s MBA programme can take up one semester in EDHEC’s Master in Management final year and EDHEC’s students can do likewise at ISB. EDHEC has a unique offering for Indian students, which is also a major draw. Two meritorious students, who are zeroed in on after a professionalised process, will be given the scholarship that is co-financed byEDHEC and Embassy of France in India.

This award, founded in 2014, is awarded to brilliant Indian students, who meet the standards in select specialisations. The scholarship amount helps the beneficiary to meet health, medical and housing costs. This will be in addition to the equally coveted Eiffel Scholarship, which is given on an annual basis.

In what comes as music to the ears of the students, the 100+ year old pioneer has cemented win-win vibes with some of the biggest industry leaders from all over the globe. Gaikwad, an alumnus of the school himself, points out that over 150 corporate bigwigs and companies are members of the EDHEC Business Club. The former students help in placement if the Indian graduates and masters evince interest in working in France.