HEC PARIS VISITING SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS

meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school

immersion programme

A look back at the meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school, who paid a visit to the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park on Monday 14 June as part of their study trip.

The visit was part of the “Learning Expeditions” immersion programme and meets specific educational objectives to gain insights about the Technology Park and its ecosystem and to promote stimulating exchanges with key local players.

The visit was a chance for students to benefit from another learning framework and to develop different constructive analyses in response to the economic reality of the Sophia Antipolis technology park.

Upon arrival, the students and their teachers were welcomed at the Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée centre. It was an occasion to discuss technology, strategic sectors, French and international companies located in the region, public and private partnerships, artificial intelligence and digital technology in industry and business, as well as an initial approach to the context and developmental stages of the 3IA Côte d’Azur label.

Next, the students were divided into several groups for company visits; these included Accenture, Acri ST, Syneos Health and Nuvisan Pharma in the Sophia Antipolis Biopark. Concrete models for applying AI, cultural management, sustainable development and resilience. The students and companies greatly appreciated the time they spent together.

Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.

Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.

The three groups later came together for lunch at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, followed by a site tour, on which they heard anecdotes about the best prospects to come out of the academy.

It was on the “Sophia Discovery Tour*”, a special guided tour created for the occasion, that the students discovered a short historical overview of the technology park and several key locations including place Sophie Laffitte, the SophiaTech campus and INRAE.

It was also an opportunity for their teachers to review a few theoretical concepts during end-of-day discussions with several representatives from the Sophia Antipolis Biopark, Sophia Club Entreprise and Team Côte d’Azur.

Perhaps this one-day immersion helped to generate a few ideas for future projects both for the students and for the Sophia ecosystem.

*Sophia Discovery Tour – A guided tour of Sophia Antipolis Technology Park, offering a personalised experience focusing on visitors’ specific requirements.