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The Chamber of Commerce and HEC Liège joined forces end of 2022 with a strategic partnership that enriches the higher-level business education for Luxembourg companies and their employees.
One of the key missions of the Chamber of Commerce is to support entrepreneurs and Luxembourg companies in developing the skills of their managers and employees. The institution operates across the entire vocational training value chain, from initial vocational training to the offer of certificates and diplomas in continuing education, according to the principle of lifelong learning.
The Executive Education department of HEC Liège, the management school of the University of Liège, offers training in all areas of business management. These training courses are aimed at top managers, middle managers, entrepreneurs, self-employed or employees seeking to develop their skills or at companies wishing to develop those of employees as part of their professional activities.
The collaboration between the two institutions has existed for many years in the context of specific training programs. This new partnership has three main axes.
From left to right: Carlo Thelen, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce, Fernand Ernster, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean HEC Liège Management School, Luc Frieden, former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Muriel Morbé, Director Training Chamber of Commerce and CEO House of Training.
1. Meet Current & Future Upskilling & Reskilling Needs
Beyond their specific skills and know-how, the self-employed, entrepreneurs, employees or senior executives constantly need to broaden their area of expertise, to be able to evolve not only in their current position, but also towards new horizons. A solid and expanded skills base will be useful to them to succeed in constantly changing environments, resulting in a double ecological and digital transition. The rigorous and scientific approach proposed by the executive education of HEC Liège makes it possible to enrich the training courses in this direction.
“Through this partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and the House of Training will be able to expand their continuing professional training offer with concrete solutions, at university level, to better support companies on the path to continuous, dynamic and sustainable. Training is one of the keystones of the future success of companies”, explains Carlo Thelen, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce.
2. Offer Advanced Training in Higher Education in the Areas of Business Management
The partnership will also offer new training programs and university certificates that will help companies develop the skills of their employees, considering the real needs of the participants.
According to Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean HEC Liège Management School: “university researchers from a business school, such as HEC Liège, take part in numerous field projects. They have a transversal view of a situation or a problem that they can confront with the specific cases brought by the participants. The association of experts from the Luxembourg ecosystem proposed by the Chamber of Commerce and academics from the University of Liège is a guarantee of quality and excellence in terms of the training offered.”
Thanks to HEC Liège’s double business school quality accreditation (EQUIS and AACSB  all the training and certifications offered within the framework of the partnership are labelled. The certificates and diplomas obtained therefore have a high value on the international labour market.
3. Attracting, Developing, & Retaining Talent in Luxembourg
The shortage of skilled labour within Luxembourg companies is a major and widespread problem for the economy. One of the ambitions of the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and HEC Liège is to offer a wide range of training and certifications to attract new talent to Luxembourg. It is indeed necessary to increase the attractiveness of Luxembourg by offering high-level training, combined with internships in companies. These will allow participants from abroad to work during their training.
By setting up this partnership, the two institutions affirm their desire to deploy training programs in executive education adapted to the Luxembourg market.