The Embassy of France in Vilnius this week hosted a lecture on “Global Trends in Management Education” by BMI Co-Chairman Jean-Paul Larçon. Prof. Larçon long led international development at HEC Paris, one of the world’s most prominent business schools and a founding partner of BMI.
The French-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce organized the event together with the embassy and BMI. French Ambassador Philippe Jeantaud opened the well-attended session, noting with pleasure HEC Paris’s important contribution to BMI’s growth as a strong international business school.
In his presentation, Prof. Larçon briefly reviewed the history of management education before focusing on the most recent trends of internationalization, increasing specialization of research carried out in conjunction with the real business world, digitalization for fully online or hybrid delivery of programmes in some cases, and “massive open online courses” – or MOOCs.
“Management education used to be quite local, with local professors teaching local students, but now the top business schools are absolutely global,” Prof. Larçon note. “You can see that at BMI, for example, which brings in top professors for each discipline from dozens of different countries and offers students a growing number of mobility or exchange opportunities around the world,” he said.
A lively Q&A session followed the lecture, with the participation also of BMI’s Dean for Academic Affairs, Prof. Véronique Malleret, and BMI Director General Jaunius Pusvaškis. That discussion continued informally over coffee and croissants.