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IMC Krems: dual degree agreement with top French university

In the 2021 summer semester IMC Krems added Kedge Business School in France – a first-class AACSB-accredited institution – to its network of partner universities. The collaboration was spearheaded by Director of the International Wine Business programme at IMC Krems, Albert Stöckl.

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International Wine Business students will have the opportunity to complete a dual degree at Kedge Business School.

Following months of extensive preparations, in August 2021 Kedge Business School in Bordeaux (which also has sites in Marseille, Paris and Toulon) and IMC Krems signed a dual degree agreement. The international offices and respective programme directors from the two institutions supported the process and helped to draw up the agreement. 
First semester students on the International Wine Business, Business Administration and Export-oriented Management programmes will be able to apply for a dual degree place during the upcoming semester and complete a part of their degrees at Kedge Business School’s Bordeaux campus from the 2022 winter semester. Tourism and Leisure Management bachelor students will also be able to take part in the dual degree programme from the winter semester of the 2022/23 academic year. 

Student exchange from 2022

Each year from 2022, eight students from Kedge Business School will be able to spend three semesters at IMC Krems (two semesters of courses and a semester-long internship) and eight IMC Krems students will have the chance to study at Kedge in Bordeaux. Dual degree graduates will be awarded a bachelor degree from both IMC Krems and Kedge .

“This partnership with the prestigious Kedge Business School in France gives students on four of our bachelor programmes the appealing option of getting a dual degree. Students complete two semesters at Kedge and are awarded a degree from both institutions – it’s a great opportunity,” commented IMC Krems CEO Dr. Karl Ennsfellner.

“A year in Bordeaux – or a year and a half with an internship – to receive degrees from two institutions: IMC Krems and Kedge Business School. Lots of my colleagues wish that this had been possible when they were students. The partnership and dual degree arrangements with Bordeaux represent a new milestone in terms of internationalisation for the International Wine Business Programme at IMC Krems, which we launched in 2015 and has been taught entirely in English from the outset,” added the Director of IMC Krems’ International Wine Business programme, Albert Stöckl.

Numerous partnerships

IMC Krems also offers dual degrees (also termed double degrees) in collaboration with other universities abroad. The programmes on which students can take double degrees include: Management of Health Institutions (with the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Germany), International Business and Economic Diplomacy (with the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia), and Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (with Linköping University in Sweden). 

Dual degrees

Dual degree graduates gain two independently awarded degrees for completing two different curriculums. The dual degree agreement between the partner universities specifies the reciprocal arrangements for crediting students for equivalent courses on what are otherwise independent degree programmes. The collaboration makes it possible to study simultaneously for two degrees and complete them in less time than it would take to do each programme separately. Each university is responsible for awarding its own degree.