President of Lyon Metropolis, David KIMELFELD's Visit to AEBS Witnesses a New Chapter for China-France Education Cooperation


On the afternoon of May 5th, David KIMELFELD, presidentof Lyon Metropolis visited the Asia Europe Business School (AEBS), jointly founded by East China Normal University (ECNU), and emlyon business school of France, to exchange ideas on educational cooperation between the two institutions of China and France. June 24th will be the third anniversary since the two institutions have signed the master agreement to establish the Asia Europe Business School jointly. During the short period before the third anniversary, and with the recent substantial progress made by AEBS in their pedagogic programs, innovation and entrepreneurship education, the visit of David KIMELFELD holds a special meaning to promoting joint innovation for China-France education. 




Tong Shijun, Chair of the University Council of ECNU, on behalf of the university, welcomed the visit of David KIMELFELD. Axel Cruau,  French consul general in Shanghai, Bruno BONNELL, Chairman of the Board of emlyon business school, Bernard BELLETANTE, Dean of emlyon, Khaled BOUABDALLAH, President of University of Lyon, Alain LABAT, Vice Presidentof Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, Zhou Yuanxuan, Director of ECNU International ExchangesDivision, Yuan Zhigang, Director of Academic Committee of Faculty of Economics and Management, Tang Jifeng, General Manager of Zizhu International Education Park and so on, were present and over 80 students from AEBS, emlyon and ECNU Faculty of Economics and Management participated in the activity, presided over by He Jiaxun, deputy director of Faculty of Economics and Department and Chinese Dean of AEBS , and Wang Hua, dean of emlyon Asian Campus and French Deanof AEBS.


Speech by Tong Shijun, Chair of the University Council of ECNU

Axel Cruau, Consul-General of France in Shanghai


Bruno BONNELL, Chairman of the Board of emlyon business school


David KIMELFELD, President of Lyon Metropolis, France


Interaction between students and David KIMELFELD


Alain LABAT, Vice President of Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, delivered the closing speech

Under the presidency of David Kimelfeld, Tong Shijun, Chair of the University Council of ECNU and Khaled BOUABDALLAH, President of Lyon Metropolis, renewed the cooperation agreement, marking that two universities will further deepen and enhance their cooperation, to foster more high-level talents for both China and France.

Renewal of the Cooperation Agreement between East China Normal University and the University of Lyon

After the renewal ceremony, to further increase exchanges between Chinese and French students and achieve internationalization of classroom teaching and personnel training, AEBS held interactive activities between students of the two countries. Huang Jiaqi and Huang Jiacheng, two undergraduate representatives from AEBS BBA program talked about their experience in AEBS and vision for future study in France. Following this, emlyon ACS Program student representatives Adnane Balkoumi and Khalil Benjelloun Touimi shared their experience of study at emlyon. They also expressed their gratitude and opportunity to be able to study in China. 

Starting in the fall semester of 2018, over 20 sophomores from emlyon are expected to attend classes containing both Chinese and French students at AEBS for one year or one semester. More than 20 sophomores from AEBS will go to emlyon for “2+2” double degrees in the next semester. These exchanges will provide new opportunities and ideas for AEBS to deepen the internationalization of undergraduate teaching.


Speeches were given by student representatives from both AEBS and emlyon

Before the meeting, Mr. Chen Jianyu, AnyHelper CEO shared his ideas about innovation and business starting with all students and teachers on the site. The visit to AEBS by David KIMELFELD has further pointed the direction for AEBS to explore a mode for internationalized innovation education. 

AnyHelper CEO Chen Jianyu presented sharing as an entrepreneur representative

After the event, David KIMELFELD and relevant members visited the modernized building of AEBS. The delegation was deeply impressed with ubiquitously inclusive, open atmosphere, and superior internationalized learning and living environment. 


David KIMELFELD, President of Lyon Metropolis, visited AEBS