Welcome Week 2018 Suspended Following Formal CNCB Inquiry

Statement by Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD

Middle East, Asia, Europe
27 July 2018

 French version

“It is true that we are indefinitely suspending the longstanding Welcome Week tradition at INSEAD. 
 
The Welcome Week is a student-led set of activities that takes place over one-and-a-half days and introduces new students to the INSEAD culture and their senior classmates. The tradition dates back to the 1980s, when INSEAD added a second intake to our year-long MBA programme. It is a wholly student-organised exercise that is distinct from school-led MBA orientation activities.  
 
This year, a complaint regarding Welcome Week was filed with the French National Committee Against Hazing, or CNCB, as some of these student-led activities have allegedly caused anxiety or harm to incoming students.  
 
INSEAD takes these allegations very seriously and we immediately moved to suspend all student-led Welcome Week activities and communicate to all students that deception, pranks or any behavior that could be perceived as harassment in any form will not be tolerated. 
 
This has always been our position. In the past we have worked with the student body to make Welcome Week a positive experience. However, the CNCB inquiry demonstrates the need to ensure all student-led activities follow our INSEAD code of conduct and do not put the health and well-being of any student at risk. 
 
At INSEAD we pride ourselves on creating an environment where our students thrive. This begins the moment they set foot on campus and we cannot tolerate activities that undermine this goal.  
 
We are grateful to the CNCB, for working closely with us and for their help and support in providing guidance to students as they welcome the next class to campus. In addition, we are engaging with alumni about their Welcome Week experiences and their thoughts on how to introduce new students to INSEAD. We will consider all input and decide how to proceed with a priority on protecting our students and our community. 
 
As dean, I believe this is essential for shaping future business leaders. I feel strongly that we must align our educational philosophy and practices with the global business environment. In business, we see value placed on integrity, inclusion and an ethical approach that is good for all. This move to seek new ways to welcome students to campus is in line with our principles and values.” 

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Master in Finance, Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 10,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly "The Business School for the World”.

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Europe

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Linda Furtado
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