ESSEC Business School holds the groundbreaking ceremony of its new campus at Nepal hill and organises a high-level international forum in Singapore.
On 26 February, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of the construction of the new S$ 40 million campus of the ESSEC Business School in Singapore.
To be located on a site of 5,430 m² with a built up area of 6,500 m², the new campus will be situated on Nepal Hill in the One-North Business Park, already home to Singapore’s integrated research business hubs of Biopolis and Fusionopolis.
Scheduled for completion in December 2014, the new campus will allow the faculty to triple in size from 11 members today to more than 30 in 2016-2017. This is so that ESSEC can continue to deliver world-class education and to promote research, in addition to expanding its capacity to take in 1,500 students and executives annually.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by H.E Olivier Caron, Ambassador of France to Singapore, Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Mr Heah Soon Poh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Cluster Development Group) of the JTC Corporation, 15 members of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of ESSEC Business School and Alumni, students representatives and other key ESSEC partners.
Mr Yeoh said, “The establishment of ESSEC’s Asia-Pacific campus will help to address the region’s growing demand for management education, and equip future global leaders with the skills to drive business strategies in Asia. This campus is a valuable addition to Singapore’s LINK@Nepal Hill initiative, which aims to develop a cluster of business schools, professional services firms and corporate universities. These institutions can leverage one another’s strengths to generate new thinking and practices on talent and leadership development.”
Following this event on the same day, ESSEC organized an international forum at The Pod at the National Library Building on « Can management education cope with globalization crisis and sustainability? ». The forum was opened by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education and brought together more than 100 senior global leaders from multinational companies, governments and other large and regional organisations who discussed how management education could deal with the challenges and sustainability issues posed by the globalisation crisis. The forum also looked at the current ever-changing economic landscapes and the possible scenarios for the development of a responsible management education for future leaders and managers worldwide, in particular those in the Asia-Pacific region.