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School of Wine & Spirits Business: a full bodied and bold start to 2014-15

 30% increase in student enrollment in our renowned international programmes


The first School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWSB) students commenced the year in the magnificent setting of the Gilly-les-Cîteaux castle. The new institute was launched in November 2013 and is opening its doors to nearly 140 students for the 2014-15 year. This represents an impressive 30% rise from last year and underscores the far reaching appeal among students with diverse experience and backgrounds from around the world.

Close to 140 students from ten nationalities enrolled in 5 SWSB programmes

BSB's School of Wine & Spirits Business programmes are all experiencing continued growth with a total of 136 students: 17 in the MSc Wine Business, 43 in the MSc Wine Management, 30 in the full-time specialised master MS CIVS (Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux), 25 in the part-time specialised master MS CIVS and 21 in the specialised master MS MECIC (Management des Entreprises Culturelles et des Industries Créatives).

With 103 students in 2013-14, the increase in SWSB's enrollment has been more than substantial. Its recruitment is becoming even more international with students from the United States, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil, Chili, Finland, India, Mexico and Poland. Its MSc Wine Management in particular has had an impressive two-fold rise in its enrollment numbers in its second year.

Exceptional setting for a promising start to 2014-15

2014-15's MSc Wine Business and MSc Wine Management students were present at the magnificent Gilly-lès-Cîteaux castle to mark the beginning of their academic year. Burgundy School of Business and SWSB directors were by their sides as well as Hillbrand Group's Gérard Desbois, recently elected President of the Burgundy School of Business Association. Mr Desbois shared his vision of how the wine and spirits sector is evolving and underscored the need to constantly innovate and have a solid professional network.

The specialised master MS CIVS will start at the beginning of November. It is ranked 3rd in the most recently published and 1st in France in the "Luxury Management Food and Beverage" category.

All of the ingredients for a successful start to a busy academic year including the soon to be released reference works on wine economy and management, coordinated by Jérôme Gallo, Director of the SWSB, and Steve Charters, Director of the SWSB research centre. In addition, two visiting professors will be at the School during the year.