Creation of the SMU Incubator
The Mediterranean School of Business (MSB) was the first school of South Mediterranean University (SMU) to be developed. Capitalizing on the rapid pace of technological changes and the growing need of executives for programs to upgrade their managerial skills, MSB started its activities in 2004 by organizing a part-time Executive MBA (EMBA) in a rented space and taught by professors teaching at top-ranked Business Schools (MIT, The University of Chicago, The University of Maryland, and others). The first cohort of EMBA consisted of 43 Executives from different economic sectors and nationalities and counts today over 800 Alumni from 37 different nationalities. In 2011, MSB launched its undergraduate and Master Programs. Today, in addition to EMBA, over 1000 students are enrolled in its undergraduate and master's programs that are internationally accredited by the Brussels-based EFMD and the London-based AMBA, respectively. MSB has been cited as a model for Business Schools in Africa by a special edition of Financial times and is among the top 3 business schools in the 2020 Jeune Afrique Ranking. The SMU School of Engineering (Mediterranean Institute of Technology - MedTech) was launched in 2016 offering programs in software, computer systems, and renewable energy engineering. Today, MedTech has some 300 students enrolled in its different programs and has engaged in the ABET accreditation. The SMU language and Culture Institute (LCI) offers programs in five languages (English, French, Italian, German, and Chinese). In addition, LCI organizes short-term programs for North American students in the framework of Study Abroad Programs (SAP). SMU institutions have developed partnerships with prominent North American and European universities for the exchange of students and the organization of joint programs. Its growth strategy includes the development of other specialized schools and the opening of Campuses in Algeria, Libya, and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
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