Thursday, March 29, 2007

ESC Lille to open Gulf Campus & offer Islamic finance courses program in GCC and France

Following up on the press release, Prof. Christophe N. Bredillet, Dean of Postgraduate Programs at ESC-Lille who answered a few questions regarding their announcement of plans to open a campus in the Gulf region:

IHI: Will the Gulf campus offer courses in Islamic finance, banking, investment or management?
Prof. Bredillet: Yes, but this will become a topic in our MBA programme located in Paris as well
IHI: If it offers Islamic finance courses, will it exploit the opportunities to work with Islamic financial institutions in the Gulf?
Prof. Bredillet: Yes of course. And as we are currently offering certifications like CIMA [The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants] and CFA [Chartered Financial Analyst] in France, we think that we will have a good opportunity to use this as a lever.

The press release is below:

Leading French business school ESC Lille to open campus in Gulf Region
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar under consideration

March 2007. Leading French business school Lille School of Management (ESC Lille) has announced plans to open a new campus in the Gulf Region. The school is currently considering The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain or Qatar as possible locations for the campus, which it hopes to launch within the next two years. ESC Lille is keen to promote its expertise, notably in international project management, in the Gulf’s vibrant and growing education market as well as to increase recruitment and extend its partnerships in the region.

For over a decade, ESC Lille has welcomed students and executives from the Gulf Region, many of whom are attracted by the school’s expertise in project management. ESC Lille is the first institution outside the US to have its postgraduate project management programmes accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management) which counts 230 000 members in 125 countries worldwide. The school has further reinforced its presence in the Gulf through partnerships with some of the region’s leading international companies including Thales, Dassault and Total; and local companies Deyaar Development, Union Tower, UAE Airforce, Ideal Management Consulting, and Aramex, among others.

“Through its students, alumni, and partners, ESC Lille has built a relationship with the Gulf Region that goes back 15 years,” explained Christophe Bredillet, ESC Lille’s Dean of Postgraduate Programmes. “The economies of the Gulf are booming, international investment is on the rise, and education is a top priority. A campus is the next logical step.”

Representatives from ESC Lille will be on hand to speak to prospective students at the Global Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) in Dubai from April 11th – 14th, 2007.

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