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 The IMHI-ESSEC MBA in International Hospitality Management Now Offered in One Year Program,
Cost: 25,000 Euros

Cergy, 22 March 2005: The IMHI-ESSEC MBA in International Hospitality Management, formerly a two year program, will also be offered as of September 2005 as a one year program to better meet the needs of participants.  The 'One MBA - Two Tracks' was officially launched by IMHI at an event that gathered together hospitality educational centres from throughout Europe at the Institut de Monde Arabe in Paris.

“The new innovative format has been designed to meet the changing needs of industry and of professionals seeking to fast track or redirect their careers” said Jeanine Picard, co-Director at IMHI, Internal Affairs. "The format ensures that future participants are able to pursue an MBA that builds most effectively on their prior career path".

The One Year Track is designed for professionals between 26 and 35 years, who already have experience in the hospitality sector, and who would benefit from a shorter, more intensive approach.

The Two Year Track is aimed at candidates between 22 and 26 years, with a minimum of one year of professional experience in the sector.  This format enables participants to integrate professional experience into their study program either through a long internship or through the French Apprenticeship Scheme.

Both tracks are taught in English.  In addition to obligatory core business subjects, which have a strong focus on the hospitality industry, four concentrations will be offered: Luxury Services Management, E-Commerce, Real Estate and Development and Entrepreneurship.

Accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, and consistently ranked first among tourism / hospitality postgraduate degrees, the IMHI MBA aims to train future European and Asian leaders in the hospitality industry.

Created nearly twenty-five years ago as a joint venture with Cornell University, IMHI is now independent of Cornell and is launching a new 'MBA in International Hospitality Management' exclusively under the ESSEC name.  With a program that has strong international content, less centred on North America, ESSEC aims to reinforce its position as a European leader in this sector.

ESSEC Business School has trained business leaders since 1907.  As one of France’s premier institutions, a grande école in the French educational system, ESSEC is esteemed for its highly selective admissions, wide range of quality business programs, innovation in business expertise and practices, vast alumni network, strong relationships with companies and the high quality and international scope of its faculty.

About IMHI
Admissions - One Year Format
  • University degree in business or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of professional work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English: the TOEFL  is required for non-native speakers
  • GMAT (Management aptitude test)
  • Academic and personal references
  • Interview with Faculty and Alumni
25 000 euros for the One-Year Track

Company relations
IMHI has wide-ranging partnerships and close ties with a large number of international hospitality companies.  Senior industry executives frequently visit the campus to take part in classes, give guest lectures, participate in field projects, recruit future employees or simply network with participants and faculty.  Numerous corporations contribute financially to IMHI, another reflection of the close relations between IMHI and industry.

A strong alumni network
The MBA's strong alumni network of over 1000 graduates spans 45 nationalities and 55 countries.  Alumni are actively involved in the program and help connect participants to the industry and jobs and provide an excellent support network. They also provide a robust link between industry and education.

 Nicola Pogson
Director, Corporate Relations
IMHI (ESSEC – Cornell University)
Telephone: +33(0) 1 34 43 31 72/3
Fax: +33 (0) 1 34 43 17 01

Also See: Two IMHI MBA Students Receive Scholarships from Disneyland Resort Paris / February 2005

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