EDHEC is committed to the future of Higher Education with the FOME Alliance

Written on 24 November 2020.

Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School, has introduced the Day 2 of the November FOME Online Conference on November 5th, 2020. A ‘workshop for Deans’ dedicated to empower the world of online education.

The FOME Alliance: empowering online learning

EDHEC Business School is the co-founder of the FOME Alliance - Future of Management Education Alliance- along with 9 prestigious international business schools, such as Imperial College Business School or IE Business School.

The FOME Alliance is a productive and vibrant partnership with global reach, pooling resources, knowledge, expertise, co-developing new pedagogies and collaborating on programmes. 

The FOME project is powered by a shared learning experience platform. One platform provides a common standard enabling new technologies and pedagogies to be shared across the alliance. All FOME partners embrace innovative and exciting opportunities for collaboration on academic programmes.

The November FOME Conference: the Deans international workshop

« I would like to talk about the future of higher education. The world is now facing unprecedented change with the environment, problems of diversity and inclusion, economic crises, and the technological evolutions” Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School, said at the start of the conference.

The higher education professionals are currently facing two challenges: creating knowledge useful for Business through research, and delivering that knowledge through programs and courses with an evolving technology.

Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School

Challenge number 1: creating knowledge useful for Business through research


Research is 20% of EDHEC’s global budget. Our faculty and research centers fight for publications. It is expensive but can be worth it for our reputation, the faculty development, rankings but also for the society and business.

Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School

How can we deliver academics solutions useful for business? According to Emmanuel Métais, this can be only through investment and creating research centers able to commercialize research such as Scientific Beta. Dean Métais explained that EDHEC Business School was planning on extending that model to other fields as well, not just Finance.

Challenge number 2: delivering knowledge

In terms of digitization, the technologies evolved so much the past few years, it also helped to better face the disruption in the business of EDTechs.

We have to consider ourselves as platforms and not just as campuses

Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School

Dean Métais explains that EDHEC Business School has spent a lot on its campus infrastructure and now obviously need to invest the same in its digital campus. EDHEC Online is 10% of EDHEC Business School’s budget, and this Summer the school has decided to invest more on it.

The three levels of investments are:

  • Digitizing the organisations (HR, accounting etc)
  • Creating blended learning programmes
  • Creating EDHEC Online, a portfolio of online programmes

Just like we built global programmes with Sungkyunkwan University and Haas School of Business, we are proud to be part of FOME Alliance to try to do the same digitally

Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School

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