On February 2nd, the signing of a Double degree agreement — BBA Digital Engineering and Management — between UTCCompiegne and EDHEC, Lille took place on the Lille campus of EDHEC Business School. This is a 4‑year course designed to develop a dual set of skills in engineering sciences and management sciences and to specialise in one of the three proposed majors: Marketing, Finance or Engineering.
EDHEC (Lille) and UTC are now linked by a double degree option that trains highprofile graduates the heart of the Hautsde- France Region. The Digital Engineering and Management Double Degree comes at the right time in a context of increasing digitalization of the national economy. This partnership responds to a strong ambition of both schools: to train hybrid profiles, at the interface of management and science, capable of meeting the challenges of a world undergoing profound changes. The EDHEC-UTC partnership agreement will result in the creation, from September 2022, of a 4‑year post-bac double degree course in which students will be able to learn and develop new skills in the fields of engineering sciences and management sciences. They will also be able to specialise in one of the three majors offered: Marketing, Finance or Engineering. The programme is mainly aimed at baccalaureate students who have taken mathematics in the first and last years of secondary school (lycées), as well as economic and social sciences or political science. “This new programme — initiated and developed as it was in close collaboration with EDHEC, is in line with the UTC’s DNA: lending meaning to innovation’,” recalls Prof. Christophe GUY, Executive Director, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, UTC.
Following the trend
This double degree is part of a dynamic and close collaboration between these two major academic institutions in the Hauts-de-France Region, placed under the responsibility of lecturers Jean- Christophe Meyfredi at EDHEC Business School and Nathalie Darene at UTC-Compiègne. It completes a cooperation scheme between EDHEC and UTC launched in 2020 with the opening of the EDHEC Executive MBA “Healthcare, Innovation & Technology” specialising in the field of health. “The agreements signed with UTC, one of the best evaluated engineering schools in France, anchor our courses of excellence in the Region while accelerating the implementation of our knowledge hybridization policy, one of the major pillars of our 2025 strategic plan. “In a society where the jobs of the future have yet to be imagined, the challenge today is to pass on to the younger generations the multidisciplinary knowledge that will enable them to invent new, more responsible and more sustainable models in the future,” emphasises Emmanuel Métais, Director General of EDHEC Business School.
Professional openings today and tomorrow
Among the major business challenges that led to the creation of this double degree is, without question, the acceleration of the digital sector professions in order to better respond to the transformations of society and the needs of consumers and citizens. “It is crucial today to mix skills to better respond to these numerous changes. Digital professions are notably following the evolution of data management. Hence the interest in combining skills, meeting the needs of companies and encouraging new practices,” says Florian Pelgrin, professor of economics and statistics at EDHEC. Among the new jobs are those of data miner, credit analyst, growth hacker, cloud computing engineer, digital brand manager, data ethnographer, web evangelist, creative technologist, traffic manager and data analyst. “Among the skills and knowledge taught are the ability to manage innovation, design, computer skills, databases, operational research, Internet law and many other aspects, adds Marie- Hélène Abel, director of UTC’s Computer Sciences Department.
Agile engineering-managers headed for a sustainable professional future
Nicolas Pfeffer and Tangi Gouez are two 2020 graduates of the EDHEC BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) course. They are now data analysts in two Parisian start-ups. For them, this double degree will prove a real asset for students who, thanks to the study of these multidisciplinary fields, can also gain in open-mindedness and adaptability. “For future generations of graduates, this is a chance to be immediately operational in a market. Our professions are constantly changing,” they say. “The acquisition of this multi-faceted expertise will certainly prepare them for careers in the fields of finance, e‑commerce, marketing and technology, but it will also help them, thanks to high-level programmes and by using the best of both training, to create a new common language”.
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EDHEC is one of the best evaluated business schools in France and internationally for all its training programmes: post-bac (EDHEC International BBA), ‘grande école’, masters and executive education. It has been offering high-level management training for over 100 years. The EDHEC International BBA is an intensive post-baccalaureate programme, approved by the French government, ranked as the leading French 4‑year Bachelor’s degree by the review L’Etudiant in 2021, which offers students a unique opportunity to modulate their curriculum according to their aspirations and career plans.