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MBA Learning Trip

    Take part in a Learning Trip and gain a 360° vision of business globalisation and digitisation.

INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION 

As an integral part of the teaching project and Audencia’s identity, globalisation is written in the school’s DNA.
Thanks to our academic partnerships and the international launch of our Executive MBA, our participants can enjoy the opportunity of discovering global and innovative ecosystems on 4 different continents.
Through one or two of these experiences per year, we guarantee immersion in the local culture, highlighting of entrepreneurship and a focus on digital transformation in the globalised era. In order to enhance their experience on site, Audencia proposes workshops and conferences focused on digital and pioneering issues.

Key information

Where? In countries with a major influence in digitisation and innovation.

For how long? For 5 days of total immersion without breaking your pace of work.

When? In November and March.

Taking part in a Learning Trip involves much more than discovering new economic horizons and socio-political stakes. First and foremost, it involves a veritable human experience for our participants who meet international professionals, visit multinational firms and come into contact with local customs that many discover for the very first time. This journey is the ideal moment for developing a genuine global MBA community that draws on the experience of each and everyone.

Laura Godet –Quality Manager and Learning Trips Manager

After its arrival on 15thOctober 2017 in Tel Aviv for an intense 5-day learning trip, our EMBA 2017 group was able to discover and travel through cities such as Haifa, Nazareth, Yokneam, GaneiTikva and Jerusalem.

The aim of this study trip was to introduce our 38 participants to the “Start-up nation” thanks to meetings with several businesses whose activities corresponded with the following themes

  • Innovation and creativity in business.
  • Business incubators and investment funds, to gain a grasp of selection criteria.

They were able to meet directors from many companies and visit their premises:

  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • BreezoMeter
  • Alpha Omega
  • Mediterranean Towers Ventures
  • The Hive
  • Tel Aviv City Hall
  • Catalyst Fund
  • Israel Innovation Authority
  • Techcode business incubator
  • E-nnovative Minds
  • Israel Hedge Funds Association
  • Liquant Asset management
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Mobileye
  • JVP

Although professional contributions are our priority, the personal development aspect is also a vector promoted during this trip. As such, our participants benefit from an institutional seminar with a presentation of the country from different angles:

  • Macro-economic
  • Academic
  • Scientific
  • Innovation
  • Business practices in Israel

In 2018, our 38 participants on the Executive MBA jetted off for 6 days in San Francisco!
In addition to many cultural visits, discovery of major monuments and total immersion in one of the finest counties in California, our EMBA group enjoyed the opportunity of visiting North American businesses with international outreach:

  • DocuSign
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Intuitive Surgical
  • Kackers& Founders
  • Code & Modules
  • Paybee
  • Lincode Labs
  • BootUp
  • Slack
  • MicroFocus

Meetings with the CEO of each company allowed our participants to understand the pioneering strategies focused on digitisation that have been implemented.

They were also able to attend conferences:

  • Overview of Silicon Valley
  • The Digital Labors
  • Entrepreneurship Through Leaders
  • Building a culture of innovation

Our 2018/2019 EMBA group arrived in Hong Kong on 16th March 2019 for a 7-day stay in China and was able to discover two cities on this Learning Trip: Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

During their trip, they were able to attend:

Conferences:

  • How to increase market share thanks to technological innovations.
  • The political and economic situation in Hong Kong.
  • The successes of French companies established in Hong Kong
  • Etc.

Seminars and forums:

  • Setting up a business in China, “One belt, one road”, an opportunity or a challenge?
  • Strategic development of a business on the international stage.
  • Technological and managerial innovation in developing businesses.
  • Sharing experience on setting up business and innovating in China.

Meetings with CEOs and visits to their companies:

  • CCI France/Hong Kong
  • Gold Peak Batteries
  • BYD
  • Qianhai VC Incubator
  • Tencent

Cultural visits, dinners and cocktail parties.


Each year, we welcome our Executive MBA groups from Algiers and Shenzhen to our campus in Nantes.

On arrival, there are approximately forty participants per year group who are preparing to take advantage of a week of sharing experiences and cultural exchanges.

Our groups from Algeria come to visit Nantes in order to exchange with teachers, contributors and professionals on “the companies of today and tomorrow”.
In addition to a variety of cultural activities, meetings and the discovery of a genuine year group spirit, our participants visit renowned businesses in western France, such as:

  • IMA Technologies
  • OCEANET
  • PING
  • SOREGOR
  • LIVLI
  • ADN Booster
  • ACCENTURE Technology Solution
  • Imagination Machine
  • La Cantine Numérique
  • EP
  • iAdvize

During the trips, they also take part in a one-day seminar on Design Thinking, and attend a conference on the world of finance.