ESCP Europe

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ESCP Europe
Escp europe logo 400.jpg
Motto European Identity, Global Perspective
Established 1819
Type Private Business School
Endowment €80 million
President Frank Bournois
Admin. staff 950
Postgraduates 4000
Location Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin
Campus Urban

ESCP Europe is a business school with campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Turin. Established in 1819, it is the oldest business school in the world.[1]

Its programmes are triple-accredited by the international AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. The school has many notable alumni in business and politics, such as Patrick Thomas (CEO Hermès), a former Prime Minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin and the EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier.


ESCP Europe (ESCP stands for an earlier name. "École supérieure de commerce de Paris") is a Grande École (literally in French "high school"), a higher education establishment outside the main framework of the French university system. Grande Écoles are highly competitive and select students for admission based on national ranking in competitive written and oral exams. They have traditionally produced many if not most of France's high-ranking civil servants, politicians and executives, as well as many scientists, writers and philosophers.

The school was established on 1 December in 1819 as Ecole Spéciale de Commerce et d’Industrie, soon renamed École Supérieure de Commerce.[2][3][4] It was modeled on the first Grande École, the École Polytechnique founded by Lazare Carnot and Gaspard Mong, but was initially much more modest, mainly because it had not been supported by the state. It gradually gained in stature and importance during the 19th century and moved to its current Parisian location on Avenue de la République in 1859. , under the name École supérieure de commerce de Paris. It merged with European School of Management (EAP), in 1999, under the name ESCP-EAP; it was renamed ESCP Europe in 2009.

In 2011, ESCP Europe became a founding partner of HESAM, a cluster of well-known institutions for research and higher education in the humanities and social sciences such as the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), or the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. It is planned that together with the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, ESCP Europe constitutes a Collegium of Government and Management.[5]


ESCP Europe London Campus
ESCP Europe Turin Campus
ESCP Europe Paris Campus
ESCP Europe Berlin Campus

Master in Management[edit]

The Master in Management is a pre-experience program enrolling selected students. In that it exemplifies the two century long standing of this French-originated, now European "Grande École". Over 800 students study in this 2-year general management program. An additional pre-Master year programme is offered to students not holding a bachelor's degree but having completed at least two years of university education. The pre-Master year is primarily designed for the French students coming from the French classes préparatoires but also many Italian students join the pre-Master year on the Torino campus. In total, the program brings together around 70 nationalities. Students can study in Paris, London Berlin, Madrid, or Turin. Within the general management programme, they have the possibility to choose from over 20 specialisation tracks and more than 150 electives. They can be eligible to receive the additional degrees:

The school has dual degree programs with premier institutes around the world. Students from the double degree program receive the Master in Management degree as well as the degree from their home schools.

Master in European Business[edit]

Designed like an MBA with a cross-cultural approach, the MEB is a one-year full-time postgraduate programme (90 ECTS; possibility to do a longer 120 ECTS version) in general management with emphasis on a pragmatic approach to management. The programme is designed for graduates who have an undergraduate honours degree in any non-business discipline (i.e. law, engineering, sciences, humanities, medicine). Post-graduate professional experience of around two to three years is recommended. All students are selected by means of their academic and professional credentials and the successful completion of an assessment center including various interviews and a verbal-logic test (GMAT or SHL Test). There is a strong international side to the course and in 2008/09, there were 39 different nationalities across the five campuses.

The MEB is taught over two semesters, with students based in a different country for each semester (chosen from Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin and Turin). There are also international agreements with partner institutions where students can spend a semester and receive a double degree awarded by these institutions:

The MEB has AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation in the category of Masters in Business and Management (MBM).[6]

Executive MBA[edit]

ESCP Europe's Executive MBA ranks 15th in the world and 9th in Europe in the 2010 Financial Times ranking [6].

The Financial Times also ranked the ESCP Europe Executive MBA as: 1st worldwide for career progression, 3rd worldwide for international course content, and 5th worldwide for international student body;

Specialized Masters[edit]

There are 18 'Specialized Masters' on offer, open to students holding a Bachelor degree or a first Master degree's and subject to a selective competitive entrance exam. The are in addition 8 'Executive Specialized Masters' on offer.

Executive Education[edit]

The school Europe also offers several intensive modules for executives (open enrollment programmes) and highly customised programmes adapted for specific companies and organisations. Open programmes invite participants from different companies to learn together in intensive modules ranging from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and covering a wide range of business topics such as Business 2.0 or Supply Chain Management. Customised programmes are designed according to the needs and preferences of a particular company.

Ph.D. Programme[edit]

The purpose of the school's Ph.D. programme, taking place in Paris or Berlin, is to train research-active professors and high-level consultants in the field of "Management Science." Based on a "European degree course", jointly organized with several academic partners, the ESCP Europe PhD program enables participants to develop knowledge through research and to take positions in the academic community anywhere. Program participants are potential faculty recruits for graduate schools of management (Grandes Ecoles) in France, universities or international companies. Certain degree candidates may obtain the status of Research Assistant and receive financing for the duration of their thesis.


ESCP Europe has several campuses. Students have the opportunity to study in different campuses located in France[7] (Paris), in the UK (London), Spain (Madrid), Germany (Berlin), Italy (Turin). The school's network of around 100 partner universities worldwide extends the school's reach from Europe to the entire world.


ESCP was ranked 10th amongst European Business Schools in 2012 by Financial Times.[8] In 2010, its Master in Management program was ranked 1st worldwide by the Financial Times.,[9] while in 2012 it was ranked 2nd.[10] It also stands 15th in the world ranking for its Executive MBA, as well as 3rd for international experience [11] and in the 2009 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report[12] the school was ranked 10th in Europe. In France, ESCP Europe is usually ranked 3rd, or sometimes 2nd.[13]

The school's Master in Management has consistently been ranked amongst the top three in the FT World MIM Rankings. It was ranked second best in the world in 2008 [7]. In 2009, FT ranked it's MIM program 3rd in the world, in 2010 it was ranked 1st and in 2011 its average ranking for the past three years was 2nd in the world under the Financial Times survey. Since 2012, it has been consistently ranked 2nd.


ESCP Europe's 40,000 alumni representing around 200 nationalities in 150 countries form a strong network, following the long-lasting tradition of the Grandes Écoles "esprit de corps". 1200 graduates join the alumni network each year.

Notable Alumni[edit]


There are over 50 different student associations across ESCP Europe's 5 campuses. Some examples are:

Shuffle ESCP

Shuffle ESCP Logo

Picking up the torch of its predecessor Absolutely, Shuffle ESCP is ESCP Europe’s official on-campus international association since October 2011. The goal of the association is to support the international dimension that ESCP Europe strives to embody. By encouraging interaction between international and French students, and through educational and social activities promoting cross-cultural understanding, exchange and cohesion, Shuffle ESCP helps strengthen the school’s internationality. The association’s activities include international dinners, concerts, a welcome evening for incoming exchange students to ESCP Europe’s Paris campus, cultural activities in Paris and its surroundings, and more. Shuffle ESCP is also the only association at school in which English is the official spoken language, and where international students can find help about any administrative formality by reaching out to our staff.

Star Trekk' ESCP

Star Trekk' ESCP is the eco-friendly association of the School, present in the 5 campuses of ESCP Europe, and dedicated to the organization of different events dealing with trekking, green development and the environment protection. Every year, Star Trekk' ESCP organizes more particularly the School's Raid, a four-day sport competition open to 90 ESCP Europe students and managers. Star Trekk' ESCP is proud of being a leader in the eco-friendly issues among the "Grandes Ecoles" Raids in France.

Sport association

Sport is one of the most respected student activities in the school. There are numerous facilities for doing sports even on campus - lots of sports like Yoga, Fitness, Zumba, Pilates, Fencing and many others are practiced on the spot, which is convenient for those students who work and study at the same time without the opportunity to go somewhere far from the campus during the day. Also there is an opportunity to go outside the campus to practice Rowing, Golf, Tennis, Sailing and several other sports. The school generally provides the transport and special fees for the sports that require special equipment and facilities, like horseback riding. Students can practice up to two sports simultaneously through the inscription and also use the school gym according to its working hours. Sport association is not a student association run by students, but it is a powerful entity to provide students with best sport practices available and contribute to students’ active life as much as possible. Sport association also supports partnerships with student sports associations, like ski clubs to create the great outside campus sport events. Now the sport association is headed by Thierry Simon and David Laroque.


AIESEC, the largest student-run organisation in the world,[citation needed] formed with the objective of promoting student exchange and leadership development has a chapter in ESCP Paris. AIESEC ESCP, established in 1950, was one of the earliest Local Committees under AIESEC France.[14][non-primary source needed] It was revived again in 2012 and presently, with 36 members, it is counted among the more active AIESEC chapters in France. Membership to AIESEC ESCP is open to students outside of ESCP Europe as well.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Focus On - Generation Europe Foundation - Business schools and career opportunities". 
  2. ^ "Andreas Kaplan: European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools, European Management Journal, 2014". 
  3. ^ "Focus On - Generation Europe Foundation - Career Guidance (page 5)". 
  4. ^ A. Renouard, Histoire de l'École supérieure de commerce de Paris, Raymond Castell éditions, 1999.
  5. ^ "Novi Mundi Université (page 34)". 
  6. ^ AMBA.[1]
  7. ^ "Institutional website". 
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ "QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2009 North America". 
  13. ^ ESCP ranked 3rd nationally in France
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