EDHEC mobilizes for future generations
French business school announces a focus on sustainability and CSR in all activities: learning, entrepreneurship, and international experience
Most young people entering the workforce today (77%) say they want to make an impact by protecting the environment, expanding social programs, or advancing technology. EDHEC Business School is committed to helping young people reach their goals. So, it is accelerating strategic projects in sustainability, active learning, and responsible entrepreneurship—all as part of the school’s 2025 strategic plan.
Making an impact on climate change
EDHEC’s dedication to launching young people into careers of impact permeates every degree and certificate programme. In 2015, EDHEC was one of the first business schools to incorporate Make an Impact into its education strategy, and it continues to be a leader in teaching students how to move forward despite complex climate and economic challenges. This year, EDHEC created the Sustainable Impact Project (SIP), which encourages bachelor students to develop community projects that address at least one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Nearly 1,000 students on EDHEC’s Lille and Nice campuses participated in a Sustainable Impact Project during the 2021-22 academic year.
CSR at the heart of business education
To ensure that students enter the workforce with the right tools to tackle complex social and climate issues, EDHEC is teaching CSR and climate change topics in all degree programmes. The school’s new Planetary Limits and Sustainable Economic Models module provides students with crucial facts about climate change and energy issues, gives them tools to analyse existing business models, and helps them envision sustainable alternatives. The course outlines the evolution of humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels and explores the link between emissions and climate change.
EDHEC requires master’s students to take a certain number of courses dedicated to social responsibility and climate change. The school already offers courses such as Corporate Social Responsibility and From Climate Science to Climate Finance and continues to expand course offerings to meet student demand. Electives in climate and social responsibility such as behavioural finance and socially responsible investing are also being added. Thanks to a partnership with Mines ParisTech, France’s top engineering school, EDHEC master’s students can specialise in Global and Sustainable Business or Climate Change & Sustainable Finance.
Hybridisation and entrepreneurship
In partnership with EURECOM, a graduate school and research centre in digital science, EDHEC is announcing the creation of an EDHEC x EURECOM x IMT (Institut Mines Telecom) incubator in Nice.
This new incubator combines the strengths of its three partner schools and aligns with EDHEC’s hybridisation strategy. It will support high-impact projects in DeepTech (AI, blockchain, greentech) and digital technologies (6G, cellular networks, connected mobility, cybersecurity). This 12-month incubation programme will provide participants with a dedicated programme manager, 300+ experts and mentors, research laboratories, and a network of professors and researchers. The incubator will welcome its first class of 10 start-ups in January 2023.
Giving new sense to the international experience
EDHEC is partnering with big-name international partners such as UC Berkeley Haas, BI Norwegian Business School, SKK, Polimi Graduate School of Management, and Imperial College London to develop diverse and ambitious learning programmes. The school’s international model is grounded in academic excellence and includes diversity elements that prepare future leaders to tackle social, ethical, and environmental challenges.
EDHEC is in the process of creating Global Impact Programmes as a response to these complex issues. These programmes will be the cornerstone of the school’s social impact strategy for the international experience. EDHEC will offer students a Global Impact experience in one of three project categories: humanitarian and solidarity, environmental preservation, or social impact entrepreneurship.
In wake of this project, EDHEC is joining the international Global Business Schools Network (GBSN), where the World Bank brings together business schools that want to engage in resolving problems specific to emerging countries by pooling their research and teaching expertise.
Innovative Ideas and Breakthroughs from NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering
The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences
The Civil Engineering department of NMIMS MPSTME has been making significant strides in the field of disaster management, flood resilience, and sustainable infrastructure. The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences, and completed several student-led projects on topics such as renewable energy, groundwater modelling, and self-healing concrete.
The first patent, ‘Automated Flood Water Regulating Multipurpose System,’ proposes a novel approach to flood resilience by constructing multipurpose wells on the banks of rivers to discharge excess water and generate hydropower. The second patent, ‘Aqua Barrier,’ is an automated mechanism that can protect any flood-prone area, regardless of its size, from any disasters caused due to water.
The student-led projects are equally impressive, with topics ranging from low-volume rural concrete roads to oscillating tidal wave energy converters. These projects showcase the department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and innovative design.
The faculty at NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department, led by Head, Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar and Research coordinator, Dr. Jigisha Vashi, played a vital role in guiding and mentoring students toward research excellence. Their expertise and guidance have enabled students to participate and win awards in prestigious competitions such as the CDRI’s ‘Imagining Disaster Resilient Structures’ and The University of Queensland’s ‘Engineering Design Challenge, and AAKAR at IIT Bombay.’
The department’s success is further evidenced by the achievements of its students in national and international conferences. Students presented their research papers in Scopus Indexed papers and conferences such as the 9th Indian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the Eighth Indian Young Geotechnical Conference.
Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department, MPSTME, NMIMS, said, “The achievements of the NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department demonstrate its commitment to developing innovative solutions for complex problems in the field of civil engineering. The department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, disaster resilience, and renewable energy is essential for addressing the challenges faced by society today. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and faculty and their commitment to excellence.”
Embark on a Journey of Scientific Empowerment with NMIMS School of Science’s Innovative Programs!
The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country
SVKM’s NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) has officially announced the commencement of the admissions process for its Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs. The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country.
Aspiring students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of science can now apply for various undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs offered by SDSOS. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs are available in Applied Psychology, Biomedical Science, and Animation and VFX, while the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs are offered in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Applied Psychology, and Physiotherapy. The school also offers Ph.D. program in Science with various disciplines such as Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.
With a focus on creating industry-ready and research-savvy graduates, SDSOS has been at the forefront of imparting cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills through constantly evolving curriculums and state-of-the-art facilities and is situated in the heart of Mumbai.
Dr. Purvi Bhatt, I/C Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, said, “The school provides a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Our interdisciplinary approach to education prepares students for successful careers in science and beyond, while our emphasis on co-curricular and extracurricular activities ensures their holistic development.”
The school has a student-centric environment that supports research in niche areas of Science & Technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and equipment to enhance students’ hands-on skills, and a library facility that is constantly updated with the latest information. The labs at SDSOS provide modernised infrastructure and the latest equipment such as the animal tissue culture lab and the wet labs at the department of Biological Sciences offer cutting-edge technology to mould students into scientists.
School of Science offers a wide range of opportunities for students to explore their talents and interests, as well as gain valuable practical experience. The events and activities mentioned, such as Excalibur, National Science Day, Open day, Guest talks, Book Talk, Sports Day, Psych Film Fest, and club activities like photography and art, these programs provide a platform for students to demonstrate their abilities and gain insights from their peers.
The Future of Architecture Takes Center Stage at NMIMS BSSA
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe
NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture was excited to host Open Studio 2022-23 program by the renowned architectural theorist and digital design expert, Neil Leach, on 28th March 2023 and the title was, “Tell me that AI ain’t scary”
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe. Leach has published over 40 books on architectural theory and digital design, including “Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects” and “The AI Design Revolution: How AI Will Transform Architecture.”
In the lecture, Leach highlighted the potential threat that artificial intelligence (AI) poses to the field of architecture. With the recent launch of GPT4 and the growing capabilities of AI, there is concern among architects that their jobs may be at risk. Leach provided an informed overview of the current state of AI and its potential impact on the architecture profession.
“We are very happy and proud to host Professor Neil Leach at the school. As a leading school of architecture, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of design. Our Open Studio program and public lectures, and talks by experts like Neil Leach, play a critical role in this mission by enabling students to learn from distinguished scholars and practitioners and engage with cutting-edge ideas and technologies. We are excited to continue providing these opportunities and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the future of architecture and design,” said, BSSA Dean, Dr. Kaiwan Mehta. As the field of architecture continues to evolve, it is essential to stay informed about emerging technologies and their potential impact on the profession. NMIMS BSSA School enables students to learn from experts and engage with pressing issues in architecture and design. By inviting renowned scholars and practitioners like Neil Leach to share their insights and expertise, the school provides a valuable opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the field.
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