On 3 November 2015, the school signed a partnership agreement with Sciences Po to develop training schemes in design management, creativity and innovation.
Unique training to gain an understanding of societal changes
To broaden the skills of managers, company executives and boards through training schemes in innovation, to better understand changes which the company must face: this is the aim of the partnership agreement signed by Sciences Po and L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
Since both companies focus on issues surrounding socio-economic innovation, they would like to assert their responsibilities in terms of the training of senior managers who are aware of the issues which companies now face. Through the exchange of practices and expertise, the aim is to broaden the skills and knowledge of Executive Education students.
"At a time when fundamental changes are taking place, how should we now rethink our models for collaboration, communication and services to citizens? To tackle these issues, the unique partnership forged with L’École de design Nantes Atlantique will fully focus us on this change and enable us to "rework" the ways we think, act and collaborate." Ambroisine Bourbon, Director of the Communication, Digital and Media programs, Sciences Po Executive Education.
Training executives and managers in design management, creativity and innovation
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and Sciences Po Executive Education intend to collaborate in the long term to speed up the development of their training schemes in design management, creativity and innovation.
"Sciences Po, one of France’s most prestigious institutions, trains the managers of tomorrow. It is internationally renowned for the quality of the qualifications it awards, the excellence of its Faculty and the audacity of its approaches to teaching and research. It is a flagship for France, an international reference where education is concerned. It is an honour to sign a Partnership Agreement with Sciences Po, one which really rubber-stamps the work of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
The partnership is also an opportunity for us all to consider what the future holds for us. Ecological, economic, social and political issues, etc. are crucial to anyone responsible thinking about the future at a time when the world is becoming more global and calling into question all of our plans," explains Christian Guellerin, Director of the École de design Nantes Atlantique.
The partnership between the two institutions seeks to introduce specific "innovation management" and "design thinking" modules within the existing training schemes of Sciences Po Executive Education and to design training modules on themes covered jointly by Sciences Po Executive Education and L’École de design Nantes Atlantique: Digital Culture, Sustainable Cities, Care and New Eating Habits.
As requested by Sciences Po Executive Education, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique will also offer applied training modules, run directly by its Designs Labs. In the future, the two institutions may foresee the co-construction of common programmes, which may award certificates or diplomas. The first co-created training scheme, Design thinking: We should begin to appropriate design techniques centred on users and their uses in the Executive Masters in Digital Humanities sometime in 2016.