26 March 2024

EM Normandie Business School opens a new international campus in Boston, USA

School's life

EM Normandie Business School signed a partnership with UMass Boston College of Management (UMB-CM), reinforcing an existing agreement since 2016 and announcing the establishment of the French business school in the United States.

This new campus, located within UMass Boston College of Management, will welcome its first students in September 2025.

At the end of April, Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre, went to the United States with a delegation of Le Havre's managers to reinforce the cooperation between the USA and Le Havre on economic, port and academic issues. Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie Business School, took advantage of this trip to announce the the upcoming opening of the school in Boston. Between a visit to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the French delegation went to the UMass Boston College of Management (UMB-CM) to attend the signing of the official establishment of EM Normandie Business School on the campus.

Elian Pilvin, DG de l’EM Normandie et Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., Dean de UMass Boston College of Management
Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie Business School and Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., Dean of UMass Boston College of Management

A new international campus in the USA

After Oxford, Dublin and Dubai, EM Normandie Business School is pursuing its international development through a new partnership model with UMass Boston, which is part of the Massachusetts university ecosystem of excellence.

The establishment of the campus is the result of a historical and strategic partnership since 2016. UMB-CM and EM Normandie Business School are already working closely together in order to place their research work, particularly on CSR, in an international dynamic to facilitate innovation and exchange between students and professors. To date, 300 students from EM Normandie Business School's Master in Management (Programme Grande École) have spent a semester studying at UMB-CM. 
To teach courses and develop joint research activities with UMB-CM professors, two EM Normandie Business School professor-researchers - from all management disciplines - go to Boston every semester. 

This campus materialises an already strong relationship with UMB-CM and our will to develop a different partnership model. This strategic alliance in a world port city with a rich intellectual ecosystem is the equivalent of our campus in Oxford on the American East Coast. Our goal is to contribute to local economic development. We are delighted to be joining such a prestigious, AACSB-accredited university, which is in line with our School for Good philosophy.

explains Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie Business School.

From September 2025, this campus will be able to welcome EM Normandie's BBA students who wish to spend a year of their Bachelor in Business Administration in the United States, in addition to the exchange students of the Master in Management programme (Programme Grande École).

In the longer term, joint Master's level programmes will be developed with UMass Boston College of Management in logistics, supply chain and CSR. In line with EM Normandie Business School's School for Good philosophy and strategic orientations, this campus will also become a centre for CSR innovation. To support the development and growth of this 4th international campus, a permanent team will be recruited on site to ensure the transmission of the school's identity on this partner campus.

UMass Boston has a 25-year master plan to create an environmentally friendly and pedestrian-friendly campuses. With new buildings and scenic walkways creating a greener, more welcoming campus.

After seven years of fruitful cooperation, we are happy to see our historical partnership with EM Normandie Business School has strengthened and that EM Normandie, a triply accredited French business school, is joining us to expand our partnership in many areas including Fintech, Business Analytics, Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

adds Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., Dean of UMass Boston College of Management.

Laurence Boiteux

Laurence BOITEUX

Director of International Affairs