Establishment of the Higher Education Diploma “DESS” (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées in French) Industrial and International Project Management. The creation of this one-year vocational degree was initiated by the presidency of the University of Strasbourg in France. The main purpose of this degree is to train future enterprise managers whose qualifications would be twofold: on the one hand in project management and on the other hand in management in international setting.
Between 2004 and 2010 an international exchange partnership of lecturers with the HEC Montréal Business School is carried out. Some professors give their lectures at the partners institution.
Under the Lisbon Recognition Convention takes place the harmonization of the BMD (Bachelor-Master-Doctorate) system. As of 2005, the degree has become a two-year integrated program: 1st and 2nd year of Master’s degree. The new name of the program is International Project Management (Management des Projets Internationaux in French). Students with various educational backgrounds can apply for this program: economics, management studies, political science as well as scientific and technical studies.
Nowadays, the International Project Management Master’s degree strongly contributes to international mobility of students by means of a mandatory end-of-studies six-month internship in foreign country. Thanks to this characteristic of the degree, each year students in the 2nd year of the program complete an internship in approximately ten different countries such as Germany, China, the USA… A real asset of this degree is also its openness to foreign students. Thus, a majority of each class consists of students from abroad.
In 2014, the International Project Management Master’s degree was the only degree at the Economics & Management Strasbourg Faculty granted the Prize of Degree Excellence 2014 (Prix d’Excellence Formation 2014 financé par l’IdEx “ in French). This prize appraises the quality of schooling, contribution to the success of students and the international openness of the degree. The prize is definitely the proof of the excellence of the degree as such.
Photo: Presentation of the Prix d’Excellence Formation 2014 financé par l’IdEx to six awarded degrees of University of Strasbourg. The Master’s representative, Professor Schwob, is 4th from left.
 The Alsace region supports international student mobility strongly. Different kinds of financial aids are at disposal. For further information, you can refer either to the submenu “International” or to the website of the Strasbourg University: http://www.unistra.fr/index.php?id=17084 (in French)