Audencia

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Audencia Nantes School of Management
Motto INSPIRING NEW LEADERS
Established 1900
Type Grande École
President Gérard Estival
Academic staff 91[1]
Students 2'897[2]
Location Nantes [2], France
Campus Urban
Former names ESCN
Website Official website

Audencia Nantes School of Management is a business school in France, accredited by European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).[3] The school enrolls 3000 students from almost 50 countries in its 16 programmes: bachelors, international masters, specialised masters, MBAs and executive education courses.

Audencia is consistently ranked [4] in the top six business schools in France.

History[edit]

Founded in 1900 as the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes,[5] the school occupied the building today home to the city’s natural history museum until 1970. It then moved into a purpose-built campus of 23,000 m² to the north of the city centre opposite Nantes University.

In 2000, the school changed its name to Audencia Nantes School of Management.[5] The name "Audencia" is a blend of two words: audientia, which means "listening," and audacia or "boldness."

Institution[edit]

Audencia is a non-profit making association supervised by the city of Nantes, the local council and the chamber of commerce and industry. As of July 1, 2010, the school assumed management responsibility of Sciencescom (the communication and media school) and the Ecole Atlantique de Commerce so offering a programme portfolio from Bachelor to PhD level.[6]

Academic programmes[edit]

Audencia proposes 17 programmes in addition to its executive education activity:

Accreditations[edit]

Audencia Nantes is one of the 66 business schools worldwide that has received the Triple Accreditation. Audencia Nantes is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).[8]

Mission[edit]

The school’s identity is defined in its mission:

“Audencia Nantes provides education and personal development guidance to students who will assert themselves as responsible, highly skilled managers and entrepreneurs having a global awareness and a broad culture who are attentive to giving meaning to their decisions and actions. To do so, Audencia produces and diffuses management knowledge useful for academic disciplines, firms, and the classroom.

By recruiting men and women from around the world, chosen for their diversity and potential, and by making a commitment to educating leaders sharing its values, Audencia accompanies firms in their development.

Thus, Audencia contributes to expanding the influence of the territory that fosters its identity.”

U.N. Global Compact[edit]

In 2004, Audencia became the first French management school to adhere to the Global Compact.[9] This United Nations initiative brings together companies, the world of work and society in general in a common goal of ten principles concerning human rights, working conditions and the natural environment.[10]

International partners[edit]

The school signed its first agreement with a non-French academic institution in 1972.[6] Today, Audencia has more than 110 international partners throughout the world.

Audencia Nantes is known for his historical links with North American Business Schools (escpecially with US Business Schools) due to early decision from the school board to sign significant partnerships including comprehensive foreign exchange students programs. One of the international partners is Bowling Green State University [11] This American school was founded in 1910 and sends students to Audencia as well as welcomes student to BGSU from Audencia.

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Coordinates: 47°14′48″N 1°33′10″W / 47.2468°N 1.55271°W / 47.2468; -1.55271