INSEAD Marks US Entry With Its San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation


INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, has spread its wings to the United States with the announcement of the establishment of the INSEAD San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation.

Located in downtown San Francisco, the Hub will open in February 2020. At present, the school has campuses at Fontainebleau near Paris, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

INSEAD in the US: Program Highlights

INSEAD will bring to North America its global business insights and perspectives, gained from decades of working with international executives and global organizations. In its first year, the INSEAD San Francisco Hub will offer a tailored selection of executive development programs relevant to the Americas from a portfolio of 50+ global programs, the School said in a press release.

These open enrolment programs will be Transition to General Management, International Directors Program, Integrating Performance and Progress, Blue Ocean Strategy, Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation and The Future of AI in partnership with Singularity University.

INSEAD will also utilize the new facility to host custom-designed programs for US and international companies.

Participating executives and organizations from around the world will be able to experience INSEAD’s immersive learning methodologies. They will also be able to gain access to its pathbreaking global research and professors, while simultaneously gaining exposure to the companies and distinctive business culture of Silicon Valley.

Beyond executive development, the school’s innovative hub concept is intended to be a dynamic destination for making new connections through an extensive calendar of events, organized in collaboration with corporate partners, alumni and visiting faculty.

INSEAD in the US: Dean’s Comments

INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov said, “From our origins in post-war Europe, INSEAD has distinguished itself in bringing together diverse people and perspectives to drive learning and build bridges as we develop responsible business leaders.

“Coming to North America opens an important new chapter in this journey. We are deeply grateful to our many alumni donors who made possible the transformation of this historic building into a state-of-the-art facility for learning and exchange,” he added.

Dean of Innovation, Peter Zemsky has overseen the development of the new concept. He said, “As tech innovation goes global, business leaders everywhere need to rapidly transform their strategies and organizations.

“At the same time, tech leaders need to adapt to the dramatically shifting expectations about the impact of their products on societies worldwide. INSEAD is uniquely placed to facilitate this learning through our global faculty and network,” he pointed out.

INSEAD’s Pioneering Efforts in Management Education

INSEAD has been a consistent pioneer in management education with a track record of firsts over its 60-year history. It became the first international business school outside the US when opened in 1959.

It was the first business school to offer a one-year MBA program, company-specific executive education and the first B-school with full campuses on multiple continents. The Asia Campus opened in 2000 and the Middle East Campus in 2010

INSEAD was the first and only business school to achieve a ‘triple first’ in rankings – MBA, Executive MBA (Tsinghua-INSEAD EMBA) and Single School Executive MBA (INSEAD GEMBA) in the Financial Times 2016 rankings.

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