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KBS signs dual degree agreement with internationally renowned Business School in France

The Kemmy Business School (KBS) at the University of Limerick (UL), one of Ireland’s leading business schools, has signed a dual degree agreement with KEDGE Business School in France. The agreement involves the BA in International Business (BAIB) degree offered by the KBS and the International Bachelor of Business Administration (IBBA) offered by KEDGE. Under the agreement, BAIB students from the KBS will spend their first two years studying at the University of Limerick and their last two years studying at KEDGE’s campus in Marseille, France, while KEDGE students will spend their first two years studying in France and their final two years at the University of Limerick. Upon successful completion of their four years of study, students will receive both UL’s BAIB degree and KEDGE’s IBBA degree.

At the launch of the KBS-KEDGE Dual Degree Agreement were L-R Dr Conor Carroll, BAIB Course Director, KBS, French Ambassador to Ireland Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, Dr Dónal Palcic, Assistant Dean International for the KBS, and Cynthia Zoubir, International Development at Kedge Business School (Marseille campus)

KEDGE Business School is one of only approximately 70 Schools around the world to hold the so called ‘triple crown’ of international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). KEDGE has over 12,000 students across seven campuses in France (Bordeaux, Marseille, Paris and Toulon), China (Shanghai and Suzhou) and Senegal (Dakar) and was ranked as the 30th best Business School in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015. KEDGE’s Executive MBA programme was also ranked 23rd in the world by the Financial Times in 2015.

Assistant Dean International for the KBS, Dr Dónal Palcic said: “the new dual degree agreement with KEDGE is the first of its kind to be established at the undergraduate level in the University of Limerick and represents an amazing opportunity for students on our BAIB degree. The fact that the KBS has signed such an agreement with one of the top-ranked Schools in Europe is a significant boost to the ongoing internationalisation of both the KBS and the University of Limerick, a key objective of both the KBS and the University’s strategic plans. The KBS plans to establish more dual degree agreements with other high quality Business Schools in the coming years as part of the School’s internationalisation agenda.”

The BAIB degree was launched by the KBS in 2012 and has already seen a remarkable increase in its popularity and prestige with CAO points for the programme jumping from 430 in 2012 to 505 in 2016. As part of the BAIB programme students must complete an academic exchange placement at one of the KBS’s 70 exchange partners around the world as well as an international Cooperative Education placement. BAIB Course Director Dr Conor Carroll said: “we are delighted with this new exciting partnership, as the programme grows from strength to strength. The first cohort of students has recently graduated, securing job offers from leading international companies such as Accenture, KPMG, EY, Intel, Jameson, and Kerry Group, which is testament to the quality of the programme, and the calibre of students.”