The 2010/10/29 at 08:54
Alexandre T. Analis
Situated 80% in the commune of Croix and 20% in Roubaix, the campus of the
EDHEC Lille is lodged in the heart of an 8.5 hectare park accessible by metro or tramway (thirty minutes away from the Lille city centre). The 43,000 m2 of building space including 28,000 constructed recently and 15,000 renovated, were inspired by those of HEC Montréal. Not only do they house administrative and teaching premises (twenty-one 95-seat amphitheatres), but also a store, a bank, a modular 750-seat performance hall, a 150-workstation computer room, a library dedicated to management sciences, a continuing education centre, an incubator, and a virtual market room…
The 8,000 m2 student residence includes over 300 student accommodation units (400 to 450 euros per month not including APL housing benefits) and there is a hotel nearby for visitors. The 3,200 m2 in sporting equipment is shared between a multisport hall, a swimming pool, squash courts and a gym and training room. All these buildings benefit from certification: HQE (high environmental quality) for the teaching and sports buildings, H&E (habitat and environment) for the residence. Finally, three restaurants offer services to the campus residents or visitors: a brasserie, a self-service cafeteria and a fast-food outlet. In all, the EDHEC’s investment for the new Lille campus comes to 70 million euros, 30 million of which was self-financed, 10 million came from grants from the Roubaix Town Hall, the Lille CCI, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Council and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), and the rest obtained by loan.
“In the next ten years, we wish to become an academic institution with a real influence on business practices, an influence founded on research and academic publications,” says Olivier Oger, Managing Director of the EDHEC group. The school also intends to develop two or three international expertise clusters in order to develop the EDHEC name throughout the world.
Other than Roubaix, the EDHEC also comprises a campus at Lille – which will be extended by a new 3,500 m2 building in 2013 – as well as branch campuses in Paris, London and Singapore. “We wish to double the percentage of foreign students in our numbers by 2015,” specifies Olivier Oger. Since tuition fees remain very high (34,450 euros for three years of study), over 20% of students benefit from financial aid: grants for overseas stays or interest-free loans, with full scholarships for a selected group of around fifteen students…
Every year, the EDHEC allocates 1.5 million euros to various financial grants for students from modest backgrounds. According to the school’s statistics, this input pays off: once the students have graduated, they spend an average of less than two months to find a first job with an average salary between 38,000 and 40,000 euros per year. Furthermore, 3 to 5% of students set up their own businesses upon graduation from the EDHEC, and 25 to 30% of students find their first job in a foreign country. The sectors privileged by graduates are marketing, communications, auditing, banking, insurance, consultancy, corporate finance, accounting, management control…
More information on www.edhec.com.
Established in 1906
Present in 5 cities, 4 countries, 2 continents
5,400 undergraduate student, 5,500 continuing-education students
20% foreign students
146 tenured professors
87 professors from overseas
13 teaching and research chairs
6,510 candidates for the EDHEC Grande École exam
21,000 graduates in 107 countries
171 partner universities
97 business members of the EDHEC Business Club
2010-2011 budget: 65 million euros (8.3% growth compared with 2009-2010) including 13 million euros allocated to research
Source: EDHEC – September 2010