Huge growth in digital delivery alongside a tentative return to campus.
Regionally, the biggest growth was in Asia Pacific, with performance in the Middle East also strong. Of course, rising participant numbers brought new pressures on space, but we are confident that the resumed investment in developing our campuses will increase capacity and put us in a strong position for further expansion in the years to come.
We also look forward to reaping the benefits that will come from strengthening the marketing function across the school, as we enter a new era of crossdepartmental collaboration. This has involved the appointment of one of the department’s own senior leaders, Séverine Guilloux, to the new position of Chief Marketing Officer as part of the Executive Committee. We congratulate Séverine and continue to take pride in the achievements of our in-house marketing teams.
One exciting development is our partnership with the University of Michigan on a new online Master of Engineering in Global Aerospace Leadership. The fact that one of the world’s leading universities for engineering has chosen to build a degree-level partnership on the content of our existing Open Online Programmes – with additional face-to-face sessions on our Europe Campus – testifies to the exceptionally high standards of INSEAD Executive Education.
As expected, this involved transitioning key programmes back from “live virtual” to traditional face-to-face delivery. It was particularly exciting to have five programmes running at the San Francisco Hub. Over 70% of our in-person portfolio is now operating at full capacity, with governance, leadership and general management programmes performing particularly strongly.
At the same time, many of the innovations in interactivity implemented during the Covid years are enhancing the physical classroom experience. Meanwhile, demand for Open Online Programmes remains buoyant in an increasingly competitive global market.
This year’s launches included the INSEAD Business Sustainability Programme, which filled up so quickly that we had to introduce an additional session for March 2023. In addition, we ran a pilot programme on Negotiation Dynamics and the High Impact Leadership Programme for Saudi Arabian participants to support the country’s 2030 vision of economic and social transformation. And we are expanding our coaching family for our programmes and range of online certificates; with participants now having four to choose from, including: Business Essentials, Innovation, Digital Transformation and Negotiation. We also introduced a new on-demand learning format to our online Negotiation portfolio. Called Negotiation Fundamentals, the programme has already attracted 300+ participants.
Another important strategic departmental development of the year was the launch of the INSEAD Lead the Future programme, scheduled to commence in March 2023. This is a one-year learning journey, delivered mainly online and leading to the award of an INSEAD certificate, with full alumni status. Designed to accelerate capabilities in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, the programme combines core modules on leading people, as well as contemporary business fundamentals, with a wide range of electives. So far, all the signs point to success, and we are currently planning further programmes in this format, in partnership with alum-founded global education group, Emeritus.