Indiana University has signed a preliminary agreement on behalf of its Kelley School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences with the I?SEG School of Management in Paris, France. School officials say it's the first step toward partnerships in fashion management, marketing and other areas.

March 23, 2015

News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel signed a preliminary agreement today on behalf of IU’s Kelley School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences with the I?SEG School of Management in Paris, France.

The Memorandum of Intent for Academic Collaboration represents the initial step toward partnerships in fashion management and marketing, among other areas, and expands upon an existing Kelley partnership through which IU business students have been hosted at the I?SEG Paris campus.

The partnerships under consideration would cover both the Paris and Lille campuses and connect the I?SEG master’s in fashion management program with the College, and the I?SEG bachelor’s in international business with IU’s design and business programs. Kelley has an existing, similar relationship with University of Rouen.

The academic collaboration is expected to lead to exchange programs; dual-degree opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; shared academic materials; and the development of joint research, programs and projects among faculty.

The memorandum of intent was signed by Robel and Jean-Philippe Ammeux, director general of I?SEG. Also present at the signing were I?SEG’s Steve Murdoch, associate dean of international relations and collaborations, and Marta Vazquez, associate director of international relations-student services and partnership development.

“This memorandum offers IU an exciting opportunity to connect with a top-ranked fashion management program located in the fashion capital of the world,” Robel said. “We envision a partnership with I?SEG that offers unique global experiences and academic opportunities for our students. Equally as important is the potential for IU Bloomington faculty to find new research partners and materials as our faculty consider a proposal for a new school of art and design at IU Bloomington.”

Of I?SEG’s nearly 4,000 students, 1,435 are international students representing 85 nationalities on the Lille and Paris campuses. The school was founded in 1964 and has partnerships with 223 universities in 58 countries and 2,500 company partners. The Financial Times has ranked I?SEG among the top 10 French business schools, the top 10 for international course experiences and the top 20 in international mobility.

Source: Indiana University

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