|ESDES School of Business and Management|
|École supérieure pour le développement économique et social|
ESDES School of Business and Management (École supérieure pour le développement économique et social) was founded in 1987 as part of the Catholic University of Lyon which has stood for a hundred and thirty years since its foundation in 1875 in Lyon, France. ESDES is state-recognised and its diploma carries the 'visa' of approval and the Master degree of the French Ministry of Education. The school is part of the "Conférence des Grandes Écoles" organisation which gather top French business schools that have proven academic excellence and selectivity in admissions.
Facts and Figures 
- 1,300 students in 2010
- 120 teachers, 70 of whom are permanent
- 2,775 applicants in 2010
- 250 students in each year group
- 110 links with other universities and business schools in 34 countries
The Five Year Course 
In accordance with European and international teaching practices the ESDES course has two stages (a three-year period followed by a two-year period) over which students may develop their career paths. The course is built around the key business skills that students will need in their future careers.
Master's degree : options 
There are 6 specializations for the 4th and 5th years : Marketing & Sales, Finance, Audit & Control, International Business, Human Resources and " Development & Entrepreneurship".
An international culture 
Each student takes at least two foreign languages and does a six month study abroad program in an English speaking country followed by a two-month work placement at the end of the 2nd year. In the 5th year, students may opt to spend one semester at one of the school's 130 partner universities or business schools around the world.
International Exchange students are welcomed into the International Business Program where they can take classes for transfer credit back to their home universities. Students may take courses in English, French or a mixture of both. Among popular courses that students can take are: Portfolio Analysis (for Finance majors), Integrated Marketing Communications, the European Union, Financial Analysis, Art & Architecture and French classes at all levels.
Services provided for IBP students include access to Housing, Health Insurance, Academic Advising, The Jeunes Ambassadeurs Program, Student Peer Advisors, in addition to a full range of trips and activities which are organized specifically for international exchange students who are studying at ESDES.
An integral part of the IBP program are excursions and activities which are accessible to all students and give students a deeper understanding of the French culture. Excursions to Paris, wine tasting in the Beaujolais, a guided tour of the UN headquarters in Geneva, French cooking classes with a French chef, as well as dinners with local families, visits to museums and ski trip to the alps are some of the activities on offer.
The GEMO is the research centre at ESDES. The GEMO consists of ESDES faculty with considerable active involvement in research.
Research at the GEMO has several objectives. The first is to contribute to the development of knowledge of organisational science and business management by carrying out fundamental and applied research. The research work is also intended to serve a certain number of pedagogical needs. The research undertaken by the various members of the GEMO acts as the departure point for new course content taught at the school, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and vocational training courses.
- L'Etudiant: 33rd place in the 2008 French Business Schools ranking (November 2008)
- Le Point: 26th place in the 2009 French Business Schools ranking (February 2009)
- Le Figaro : 32nd place in the 2008 French Business Schools ranking
The place of ESDES in the rankings has been growing steadily since 2006.