October 3, 2013
HEC Montréal recently signed an important agreement concerning its Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) program with a renowned institute of higher education in Tunisia, the Mediterranean School of Business (MSB). MSB students from Tunisia will now come to HEC Montréal for the last two years in their four-year BBA program, starting in fall 2016. Upon completing their studies they will receive a double diploma, issued jointly by the two partner institutions.
This is the second agreement signed by HEC Montréal for this type of program, commonly known as a BBA 2+2. The first was signed in July 2011 with the Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU). A first cohort of about ten Chinese students is expected to arrive at the School in fall 2014.
Under the agreement with the MSB, HEC Montréal will host some forty Tunisian students starting in 2016. They can enter the French or bilingual stream for the BBA and will have to meet the language requirements for the program. In addition, some HEC Montréal professors are expected to give a number of courses in Tunisia during the part of the program taught there.
The agreement was drawn up by the HEC Montréal overseas training for executives and managers (FCDI) team, in co-operation with MSB management and the Academic Affairs, BBA, International Activities and Legal Affairs departments of HEC Montréal.
The MSB, founded in 2002, is a private business school in Tunis, part of the South Mediterranean University (SMU). It is the only African university accredited by the Association of MBAs (United Kingdom) and the first Tunisian business school to offer programs and activities in English. To date, over 500 executives of 12 different nationalities have taken MSB training programs.