Ribbon-cutting ceremony in Singapore
France's ESSEC Business School hosted a ceremony on May 4, 2015 to celebrate its new building in Singapore.
After a decade in Singapore, the French Business School opens its own campus at Nepal Hill in One-North business park. The ceremony, held on May 4, marks the opening of the first overseas campus outside France in the school's 108-year history. Guests included Ambassador of France to Singapore Benjamin Dubertret, Singapore's Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran and French Ministry of Foreign affairs, Laurent Fabius.
The 6,500-square-meter (7,000 feet square), five-story building, designed by local architect Liu Thai Ker, will be able to welcome 1,500 students and executive education participants and over 100 full-time faculty members. The 40 million Singapore dollars (USD30 million), facility is located in the neighborhood of research and development centers Biopolis and Fusionopolis, technology start-up hub "Block 71" and educational institutions National University of Singapore, INSEAD and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Officials said that the campus serves as a "hub for ESSEC's activities in the Asia-Pacific region". The campus will house a Bachelor in Business Administration program, graduate and executive programs including an MSc in Management of Health Industries, a Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a full-time MBA or an Executive MBA.
Video presentation of the ESSEC EMBA Asia-Pacific program
ESSEC is present in the city-state since 2005 using rented offices of the National Library building and has welcomed and trained over 3,800 managers and students. It joins French business schools EDHEC and INSEAD that have also a campus in Singapore. Other business schools, Manchester Business School, Rutgers Business School, SP Jain School of Global Management have satellite campuses in the state while Chicago Booth relocated its Asian campus in Singapore to Hong Kong in 2013.