Our History


Based on the vision and strong convictions of Annick Renaud-Coulon, GlobalCCU is born during a kick-off meeting held near Paris with a handful of Corporate University Directors coming from Brazil, USA, Spain and France.

One of my convictions is that knowledge is wealth and wealth must be shared. Indeed knowledge exchange is at the heart of our philosophy. Another conviction I have is that one must respect and make the most of diversity, whether it be social, environmental or cultural. It means, as far as multinational companies are concerned, that executives have to accept the idea that they have now a social role to play, and that it is vital for them to promote sustainable development and corporate citizenship. So what I want to do with GlobalCCU is to give CU executives the opportunity to compare their approaches and working methods, to share information, but furthermore to build up knowledge and to create new tools together. It is my dream! Annick Renaud-Coulon

At the close of this first meeting the vision, ambitions, missions and main activities of GlobalCCU were determined.

Creation of the legal structure and establishment of the Advisory Board consisting of Executive Directors of Corporate Universities from five continents. www.globalccu.com.


To begin to realise its vision and build its network worldwide, GlobalCCU organized its first GlobalCCU Forum at the Veolia Environment Campus and at the Sorbonne University in and around Paris, France.  

I like challenges and the success of the European Club of Corporate Universities has naturally driven me to imagine a larger scale network in response to the needs of Corporate University professionals with whom I have been working with for many years.  As companies become more and more global, Corporate Education professionals are faced with redesigning their learning policies and learning organisation in order to fit with the different cultures in which they now find themselves in.  In response to this, I have been working on a project since 2004. It is a long story which is accomplished in the creation of GlobalCCU (Global Council of Corporate Universities). What an outcome! The 2008 GlobalCCU Forum is the launch pad of this global network idea”. Annick Renaud-Coulon.

As a result, GlobalCCU brings together companies and speakers from five continents over two days. Participants shared their high level experience, their questions, their doubts and worked together on around a cutting-edge theme, in a seminar approach instead of a congress as you may normally encounter at other events. The GlobalCCU Forum received the support of the Global Compact of United Nations. In an invaluable exchange of ideas and expertise, members from 24 countries from five continents gathered in Paris to debate how to make their Corporate Universities a lever of Corporate Responsibility.



In response to the request of attendees to set up a second GlobalCCU Forum in 2009, and in addition to the events of the global economic crisis, GlobalCCU launched the Corporate University Community Platform in 2010. The launch of GlobalCCU’s on-line social network was held at Groupama headquarters, in France.

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Over 5 continents, organisations from Angola, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam have already joined the GlobalCCU Platform, and the list continues to grow!


Launch of the GlobalCCU e-Campus
The GlobalCCU e-Campus launched in 2014 is a unique Knowledge Centre entirely dedicated to Corporate University professionals, giving our Premium Members a wealth of rich content from experts and professionals of Corporate Universities, and a few selected partners, worldwide.  Useful tools and methods inspire and challenge the impact of their Corporate Universities and benchmarking opportunities offer practical help through best practice comparisons.


GlobalCCU Forum 2015
The second GlobalCCU Forum, held in Paris, again welcomed companies from across the world to gather together to explore, discuss and share around a pertinent theme, ‘The Impact of Digital on Corporate Universities’.  With speakers, facilitators and partners from around the world, benchmarking on a global scale helps delegates to maximise performance and shape the future of Corporate Universities. 

GlobalCCU Forum 2017
The third Forum in Paris once more fulfilled its mission of gathering together many peers from around the globe to share and learn from each other. Prominent leaders exchanged on the hot topic of ‘The future of Corporate Universities in the Digital Disruption Age’. Award winners, that were announced the night before, presented their best practices to the delegates the next day to support the development of individuals and the profession.



Launch of the GlobalCCU Awards project.
American awards already existed for the Corporate University sector such as the Corporate University Exchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation and the CUBIC Awards, Corporate University Best in Class. However, they are very ‘American’ in their spirit. The GlobalCCU Awards are unique/different. They operate at the global scale, involving companies from around the world and with judges selected from all continents, deliberating together on the outcomes. The Award Ceremony is followed by a benchmarking sessions presenting the best practices of the winners. 
Their goals of the Awards are defined as follows:

  • Shape the future of the profession by positioning Corporate Universities as a political, strategic and operational lever to embody the identity of the organization and help implement business strategies.
  • Promote the important role played by Corporate Universities in the corporate, social and environmental responsibilities of their organization.
  • Help organizations to optimize the control of their corporate university, while respecting the cultures of learning in which they operate by meaningful comparisons
  • Help Corporate University Professionals to optimize their performances through a relevant global benchmarking.

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The winners of the GlobalCCU Awards 2013




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The GlobalCCU Awards 2015

The winners of the GlobalCCU Awards 2015

Best Overall Corporate University Gold Award winner 2015, is Banco do Brasil (Brazil).



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The GlobalCCU Awards 2017


The prestigious winners of the GlobalCCU Awards 2017 (includes winners of two new categories, Leader of the Year and Holistic Digital and Human Approach)

Best Overall Corporate University Gold Award winner 2017 is Banco Bradesco SA (Brazil)

The GlobalCCU Awards 2019


The best overall Gold Award winner is PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero), Tbk. (Indonesia)
See the names of the other prestigious winners in the GlobalCCU Awards page


The GlobalCCU Awards 2021


The best overall Gold Award winner is Russian Railways University (Russia)
See the names of the other prestigious winners in the GlobalCCU Awards page


AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS WORK IN THE CORPORATE UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY, Annick Renaud-Coulon LAUNCHED THE GlobalCCU CERTIFICATION allowing organisations to certify that their educational structure:

  • is a true Corporate University,
  • challenges and implements their business strategies,
  • challenges and implements their Corporate Responsibility commitments.

During a three-level certification process: Compliance, Performance and Excellence

The Corporate University of Russian Railways in Russia has been successfully certified with GlobalCCU CU Certification Compliance level.

Big congratulations to the Project team who worked intensively over the past four months to prepare for the in-depth on-site assessment! It is an impressive achievement for all those involved in this accomplishment, well done!

"The ten-year history of the Corporate University of Russian Railways has resulted in establishing an integrated system of continuous development of management of Russian Railways Holding, the Company with more than 1 million employees. The University has elaborated a wide range of learning events that bring together Russian Railways and all key stakeholders: state, business partners, institutions of higher education and research, members of professional and expert communities. The main task of such events is to address together the common business solutions aimed at strategic performance improvement, creation of shared values and culture. The University aspires to be a key driving force of the strategic development of the Russian Railways Holding and the transport industry as a whole creating synergies for all stakeholders and contributing to the growth of national economy.

Going through the certification became a real touchstone for the corporate education system of Russian Railways. The serious diligent work carried out during five months allowed the GlobalCCU experts to confirm that human capital development in Russian Railways complies with the highest requirements recognized at the global level. The Corporate University of Russian Railways gained valuable experience of self-evaluation analyzing its activities according to different criteria and their alignment with the internationally acknowledged principles and standards of corporate education. Certification process afford our team to clearly define the strategic challenges and ways of further development. 

All this provides the great opportunities for the Corporate University of Russian Railways and its clients. The use of best practices of corporate universities around the world – members of Global CCU – will help us to make our programmes more effective, interesting and beneficial. Moreover, certification will create a good impact on enhancing the cooperation with Russian Railways foreign partners including the joint delivery of learning projects". 

Roman Baskin, Director of Russian Railways Corporate University

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accomplishment of taking your Corporate University to the next level towards excellence! Well done!

Sberbank Corporate University in Russia also received their GlobalCCU accreditation of Compliance level in 2016. They are now recognised as being compliant with the GlobalCCU international standards.

“Receiving GlobalCCU Compliance certification is an important milestone in Sberbank Corporate University’s development and is a signal of the high quality execution of Sberbank’s learning strategy.  With a mandate for creating a world-class L&D system for 35,000 Sberbank managers, Sberbank Corporate University has to be very focused and dynamic in designing its programme offering and very proactive in identifying and meeting Sberbank’s learning needs. In a very short period, Sberbank Corporate University, established in February 2012, has expanded the scale and scope of its activities and gained international recognition.”


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GlobalCCU, the Global Council of Corporate Universities, is…

  • the aggregator of Corporate Universities on a global scale
  • the observatory of the Corporate University Industry
  • a factory for strategists
  • a rewarding and highlighting organisation
  • a membership organisation

Our ambition is to provide:

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Press Room

  • 2021 GlobalCCU Award winners
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  • HR Partner, Russia, September 2020

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  • Press releases 2021

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  • 10 August 2018
    E-learn.magazine (USA) published an in depth interview with Annick Renaud-Coulon. She shares her views on how Corporate Universities can successfully fulfill their role in the digital age. There’s a huge future ahead for corporate education.   More >

  • In the June/July issue of Elearning! magazine, Annick Renaud-Coulon cites her expert opinion on the challenges affecting globalized Corporate Universities and on the impact of nationalist trends that cannot undermine them.   More >

  • Great article in CLO Magazine about the Future of Corporate Universities in the Digital Disruption Age, by Annick Renaud-Coulon.  More >

Contact us

We happy to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, ideas, etc, feel free to email us at info@globalccu.com

Impacting Events

  • 2021 GlobalCCU e-Forum was a virtual event, due to the pandemic crisis, bringing together Award winners, VIPs, Partners and learning experts from 21 countries around the world. Russian Railways won the 2021 GlobalCCU Best overall Gold Award and 16 other impressive Corporate Universities were rewarded.

  • 12 May 2020: Benchmarking webinar on Corporate Universities and social distancing, Challenges, Strategies and Takeaways! with Juliano Marcilio, HR Director of Bradesco, Brasil and Annick Renaud-Coulon
  • 21 April 2020: Corporate University brand assessment and development webinar presented by Annick Renaud-Coulon
    « Thanks for hosting a wonderful session on branding. This session gave us a chance to see how other corporate universities have approached it. It was very interesting to see branding examples around the world. »
    « Great session! We got good insights for Corporate University branding aspects. »
    « A benchmarking for branding, learning from what others are doing and elements of branding well explained. »
    « We were heavily internally focused. This webinar opened up our minds. Thank u. »
    « I've got useful tips and insight as well. »
    « Lot of insights to brand our corporate university. Thanks a lot. »

  • 2019 GlobalCCU Awards and Forum hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Hamburger University, Academia Santander and Unibrad, Bradesco.
    PT Telkom Indonesia won the 2019 GlobalCCU Best overall Gold Award and 18 other impressive Corporate Universities were rewarded.

  • Uni Brad (Brazil), GlobalCCU Best overall Corporate University 2017 Gold Award winner, celebrated their outstanding achievement with the CEO of Banco Bradesco.

  • Igor Fernando Ferreira, McDonald’s – Arcos Dorados (Latin America) Best Corporate University - Leader of the Year 2017.

  • 2015 GlobalCCU Awards ceremony in Paris, France gathered Ambassadors, diplomats and journalists from across the globe to honour the award winning Corporate Universities.

  • UniBB (Brazil) GlobalCCU Best overall Corporate University 2017 Gold Award winner.
    Below UniBB had a stand at Conarh (Human Resources National Congress), the largest human resources event in Latin America and second in the world. Visitors learnt about the success of UniBB in the stand here in photo.

  • GlobalCCU Awards Ceremony 2013
    13 March 2013 at Microsoft France Headquarters in Paris, France MORE >

  • DAU, Defense Acquisition University, the best overall Corporate University Gold Winner 2013, organized a ceremony in front of the entire university for presenting the GlobalCCU Award.The trophy has been displayed in the Pentagon to all the senior leadership.

  • 2013 GlobalCCU Awards ceremony held at the Microsoft HQ in Paris, highlighted winners from outstanding Corporate Universities from five continents.

    GlobalCCU Forum at Campus Veolia and
    at the Sorbonne
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Sharing knowledge

Hugo Pena Brandão, Executive Manager of Banco do Brasil Corporate University (UniBB) welcomed Annick Renaud-Coulon in Brasilia on 17 and 18 March 2016 for filming video lessons for the UniBB Portal.