On September 9th 2009, INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Indeed, founded just a few months after the Rome Treaty was signed, the first MBA promotion graduated in 1959.
The prestigious school has truly become international and now welcomes around 1000 students a year in the three campuses in Fontainebleau, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. The school also has a centre in Israel and an office in New York. INSEAD counts 38 000 alumni around the world.
Thus, the celebrations of the 50th anniversary have been organized throughout 2009 and 2010 in order for every alumni association in the world to celebrate the event properly.
In Sweden, the Swedish Alumni Association, chaired by Mr Jonas Berglund, worked together with the Embassy of France in Sweden and the CampusFrance local office to organize a commemorative evening.
About 60 former INSEAD students among the 486 Swedish alumni, gathered in Stockholm on April 15th at the Residence de France.
Prestigious guests had also traveled to Stockholm to pay their tribute to the school. Mr Claude Janssen, one of the founder of the INSEAD and now honorary member of the council, Mr Soumitra Dutta, President of the Roland Berger Chair, teacher in Business and Technology and Director of the External Affairs at the INSEAD, and Mr Mikael Ahlström, founder of Procuritas Partners, and one of the “50 alumni who changed the world”, according to INSEAD.
The evening started at the Résidence de France where the alumni were welcomed by HE the Ambassador of France, Joël De Zorzi. During his speech, Mr Janssen reminded the historical context of the creation of the INSEAD and stressed the importance of the alumni network. Mr Matz Hermansson was then awarded a Bronze Salamander to thank him for his generous contribution to the Association.
The evening continued at the Garnisonen conference centre with the lectures of M. Dutta “Online Social Networking and the CEO : Translating opportunity into impact” and M. Ahlström, « The role INSEAD has played in my career ».
The French Embassy in Sweden and the CampusFrance local office are glad to have participated in the success of this event and hope to continue to collaborate with the INSEAD and the Alumni Association in order to promote the French high level education among the new generation.
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