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Back to school: Burgundy School of Business is forging ahead

 The Master Grande École: continued internationalisation and degree appeal

BSB had a spectacular finish to its academic year with two events in particular: its AACSB accreditation in May 2014 and its very successful national competitive entrance exam student recruitment. A direct result is that Burgundy School of Business and its flagship degree, the Master Grande École (MGE), experienced a remarkable start to the new academic year this September with the arrival of close to 530 new students in the programme.

Quantity and quality

Approximately 300 students have joined the 1st year ranks with a perfectly balanced male-female ratio. Among the students, 165 are from the national competitive entrance exam (BCE) preparatory programme and 130 from the parallel competitive entrance exam (Passerelle). BSB's 2014-15 admissions policy clearly emphasised the importance the School places on continued high-selectivity.

The School's 2014-15 BCE admissions is 821 out of 1,400 possible candidates (compared with 1,110 out of 1,300 in 2013). It is crucial to highlight BSB's selection criteria which were slightly higher within the extremely competitive general business school context in which schools are facing the challenge of filling their seats.

The parallel admissions competitive exam, concours Passerelle, for students with 2 and 3 year university equivalent degrees, allowed to welcome 18 more first year Master Grande École students compared with last year, and 150 in the second year of the degree. These figures show that all of BSB's available seats are filled as well as an increase in students whose first choice was BSB.

The School's extremely international dynamics are also seen in its 93 international students, 73 of whom took the Pass-World competitive entrance exam (compared with 62 last year). These figures make BSB's competitive entrance exams appeal and recruitment the strongest in the last 5 years.

Excellence and international opportunities

The class of 2017, with mentor Gaëtan Deffrennes, CEO of Randstad Inhouse, is joining Burgundy School of Business which was recently AASCB accredited. The School is now one of 700 accredited international institutions and some twenty accredited French business schools.

BSB's new status will benefit the range of international Masters (opened last year) which allow students to obtain a double-degree. These MSc degrees are in several domains: Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Advanced Corporate Finance, International Business Development and Global marketing and Negotiation. They clearly bring an additional and coherent international dimension to the Schools degree offer.

Lastly, Burgundy School of Business in pursuing its international growth. There are exchanges in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, new agreements with China and Hong Kong and the School is increasing its presence in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Latin America is part of the School's expansion as well with new agreements in Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay in addition to new double degree options in Mexico (EGADE).

New agreements in Europe have also been signed, including in Great Britain, Belgium and Croatia.

For more on the same subject: Bachelor 2014-15.