For the great Breton management school, there is no question of graduating simple experts in management sciences. “Our motto: “Unframed Thinking” (“Thinking outside the box”) is our red thread to prepare the managers of tomorrow to face an increasingly complex world”, explains Svetlana Serdyukov, new director of the Grande Ecole Program (PGE). This teacher-researcher in strategy, with a cosmopolitan profile (Russian-Ukrainian, born in Kazakhstan), has to her credit a sharp experience in monitoring students and companies, all over the world. Its spearheads? Educational and societal innovation.
Multidisciplinarity and hybridization to maximize openness to the world
Hybridization is in the spotlight at Rennes SB to form well-made heads. From PGE1, students are introduced to environmental, geopolitical and cybersecurity issues. Modules relayed, in PGE2, by “curiosity packs”, in artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, design, eco-innovation… “We are going to further strengthen the “ecological, economic and energy transition” component, by training students in new promising professions , as a sustainability manager,” says Svetlana Serdyukov.
Who says hybridization says double competence. Among the 44 specialization possibilities in PGE3, students can choose between 14 dual-degree masters, such as the MSc in Creative Project Management, Culture & Design, with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Bretagne, the double engineer-manager degree, with IMT Atlantique, or the double certification concluded with the Institute of Comparative Philosophy.
This multidisciplinarity is also supported by a proactive research policy, with three chairs ( Geopolitics, Cyber Risk Governance and Disaster Management) and by the Center for Unframed Thinking, born in March 2022 and which puts at the heart environmental and energy sciences, and technological studies. “On the program for this year: visits to the campus of world-renowned researchers, who will shed new and offbeat light on the disciplines studied for students”, informs Svetlana Serdyukov.
International at all levels of the student experience
The student experience is under the seal of the international. The multicultural experience is first and foremost on campus. In M1 and M2, all courses are in English. 55% of the 5,000 students and 95% of the 110 permanent professors are foreigners. A dimension also marked by the weight of stays outside the borders, in academic exchanges (more than 360 partner universities), internships or double degrees (21 are offered). Finally, more than 60% of the 24,000 alumni perform international-related functions, including a third abroad. A bath of multiculturality consecrated by the triple accreditationAACSB, AMBA and EQUIS from school.
Work-study as a major choice of training and integration
Because it is both the most professionalizing and the most democratic option (free education and remuneration), Rennes SB has made work-study training one of its priorities. Six PGE courses are accessible in this way. Three in Rennes (New Business Development Manager, Retail & Business Development and Digital Business Management) and three in the new Paris campus (International finance, Strategy and digital marketing and Logistics and supply chain management).
This demanding formula, but extremely profitable in terms of insertion, is accessible in M1 and/or M2, after the PGE2 in classic format and a possible “business” gap year. “Rennes SB is one of the few major management schools to offer its 850 work-study students the opportunity to complete a significant part of their course abroad”, points out Svetlana Serdyukov.
Rennes SB, “the school of care”
Because a good manager also cultivates people, Rennes SB is attentive to the personal development of its students. The “UMan” project helps them develop their soft skills. “Feel Good” accompanies those in psychosocial difficulties and organizes prevention campaigns against harassment or sexism. Students are encouraged to get involved in associations, through schemes such as Learning by Serving (volunteering on the territory), or He for She for gender equality. Finally, for maximum comfort for young people, a new student residence should open at the start of the 2024 academic year, which will allow 500 of them to stay at the foot of the campus. The school is also preparing the extension of the latter and the renovation, in particular energy-efficient, of the existing buildings.
A school in good standing on national and international podiums
• 49th place of the Best Masters in Management in the world (+5 places/2020) (Financial Times, 2022)
• 57th place of the Best European Business Schools (+31 places/2021) (Financial Times European Ranking)
• 1st place in the Le Moci 2022 ranking
• 10th place in the Le Parisien 2022 ranking
• 12th place of the schools most committed to ecological and social transition (Les Echos Start Change NOW 2022)
Svetlana Serdyukov, Director of the Grande Ecole Program
“We place the student at the heart of our pedagogy. »
“Our objective for the PGE: to place the student at the heart of the educational process. This involves promoting interactions and synergies, on two levels. First, with the teaching staff. We want to set up a co-creation of knowledge with young people, so that they feel the real actors of their journey. A strategy supported by our Instructional and Learning Innovation department, which develops the use by teachers of technological tools allowing better individualization of learning in relation to the needs and expectations of each. We also want to take advantage of the diversity of profiles integrating the PGE, to help everyone improve their skills. Prepas graduates will thus be able to initiate their comrades from parallel admissions to enter certain subjects, such as geopolitics or management. In return, graduates of courses such as technological DUTs will be able to act as mentors on digital, cybersecurity or information systems. »