“The mission of management schools is clear: to enable our students to acquire the skills required by companies. At Excelia, we also include in the expected skills the ability to integrate environmental transition issues into business models.” The words are from Caroline Hermet, director of the Master Grande Ecole at Excelia Business School. They remember the School’s people-based values and the challenges of sustainable development.
The environmental question
In fact, today it is difficult to carry out any professional activity without integrating the environmental issue. The school took this reality into account in 1999, when it offered the first Master of Science (MSc.) in this field… in one form or another of CSR or sustainable development,” continues Caroline Hermet. To achieve this, Excellia has moved from a strategy of dedicated modules to a much wider distribution. The need to think “sustainable” has become clear and many courses are now built around this question. According to Valérie Fernandes, Dean of the Faculty of Excelia: “The performance indicators of the 21st century necessarily integrate the issues of ecological and social transition today. Hence the importance we attach to the harmonization of our teaching offer. “And to train the managers of tomorrow, we rely on a wide range of teaching methods”, continues Caroline Hermet.
Excelia has also made great strides in educational innovation. In addition to offering 20% of its courses in e-learning, the school recently decided to invest 8 million euros to realize an extensive innovation program that anticipates the educational model of tomorrow. One of the first achievements of this program is Factory XLa space that allows both to transform, co-construct, experiment and share innovative learning experiences.
Valérie Fernandes points out that this creative workspace makes it possible to develop other learning environments around digital and digital, some of which are in virtual reality. “For example, the Risk Management course cannot assess students’ reactions to real situations. On the other hand, thanks to an immersion in virtual reality, we can make them experience a critical situation and then analyze with them all their reactions and decisions. These immersive learning experiences maximize and stimulate cognitive skills and contribute to a better anchoring of knowledge.
“We support all our stakeholders in these new environments and we are pleased to see that they are very creative. The XL factory houses, among other things, the Innov Case Lab, which produces the case studies provided to our students, and which also provides digitized cases. Our case laboratory is very well known and its products regularly receive awards in France and abroad. continues Valérie Fernandes.
Pedagogy at the service of companies
Among its educational and experimental palette, the school also offers actions directly at the service of companies, such as hackathons, or consulting projects during which students work on real business issues. Challenges to which they must respond with concrete and workable solutions. “Once in the professional environment, our graduates will have to constantly demonstrate creativity and realism”, confirms Caroline Hermet. “That’s why it’s essential to acclimatize them from school to this intellectual gymnastics, because nothing is more important than getting out of your comfort zone. Internships or work study programs, academic exiles, escape games, business games are part of this logic. »
At the heart of the educational system, two missions of environmental and social engagement
Excelia’s DNA is to convey a sense of commitment and human values through the Humacité© and Climacité© missions.
Climacité© represents a mission of environmental engagement with companies, public and private institutions or associations to meet global challenges in terms of sustainable development while Humacité© is a solidarity mission in France or abroad serving vulnerable populations.