EMLYON Business School

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emlyon business school
Logo emlyon 2016.svg
Motto Early makers
Type Private business school
Established 1872
Affiliation CGE, AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School
Budget US$133,000,000
(emlyon-GEM Alliance)[1]
Dean Bernard Belletante
Academic staff
113 (105 also researchers)
Students 3,300
Location Écully, Paris, and Saint-Étienne, France
Shanghai, China
Casablanca, Morocco

45°47′10″N 4°45′50″E / 45.78611°N 4.76389°E / 45.78611; 4.76389Coordinates: 45°47′10″N 4°45′50″E / 45.78611°N 4.76389°E / 45.78611; 4.76389
Campus Urban
Colors Red
Website www.em-lyon.com/en/

emlyon business school is a French leading business school. It was founded in Lyon, France in 1872 by the local business community, and is affiliated to the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It has triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB. Its Msc in Management (Grande Ecole program) is currently ranked 11th worldwide[2] and its MBA program is currently ranked 92 worldwide,[3] according to the Financial Times. It is widely known as one of the top Grande écoles in France.[4][5][6]

emlyon has 5 campuses currently: the Lyon campus, the Saint-Étienne campus, the Shanghai campus (2007), the Casablanca campus (2015), the Paris campus and the Shanghai campus co-established by emlyon and ECNU - Asia-Europe Business School (AEBS) (2016).[7]


The school was created in 1872, nine years before HEC Paris. It is the fourth Business school in France created after ESCP Europe, École supérieure de commerce de Rouen and École de management de Normandie.

The first name of the school was ESCAE Lyon, then École supérieure de commerce de Lyon (ESCL), then changed to EM Lyon in 1997, for the 125th anniversary of the school. The final name, emlyon business school, was chosen in 2005.

Its main campus is located in Ecully. International campuses are located in Shanghai (2007) and Casablanca (2015).

At the end of March 2016, emlyon business school and Grenoble School of Management announce their alliance, the Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School, centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and new business.[8]


emlyon is organized in five campuses in the Urban Community of Lyon (Écully), Saint-Etienne, Shanghai, Casablanca and Paris.

For many years, emlyon has developed partnerships with Chinese universities. A "Master en Administration des Affaires de Canton" (Master of Business Administration) in collaboration with the "Université Lyon-III" (Jean Moulin University Lyon 3) and the Lingnan College (part of the Sun Yat-sen University) was launched in 1997. It is a fully French speaking Master, which has been awarded in 2004 by the Chinese Ministry of Education.[9] EMLYON opened an office in Shanghai in 2000 and a new campus in September 2007 within the campus of the East China Normal University. The Casablanca campus was inaugurated in 2015. In 2016, EMLYON opened its latest campus in the heart of Paris.


Instruction at emlyon focuses on three areas: Internationalisation, Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.

Programmes of emlyon include the following:


  • Financial Times: 14th Business School in Europe (European Business School Rankings 2014),[22] 92nd MBA Worldwide (Global MBA Ranking 2013)[23]
  • The Economist: 4th MBA in France, 75th MBA Worldwide (Full Time MBA Ranking, 2015)[24]
  • Le Point: 2nd Master in Management in France (2016)[25]
  • Le Figaro: 4th Business School in France (November 2015)[26]
  • Challenges: 4th Business School in France (January 2016)[27]
  • Eduniversal: 4th Business School in France with 5 Palms of Excellence (2015)[28]

Student life[edit]

emlyon business school hosts the student association called the Petit Paumé, which is the second biggest[29] student association of France in terms of financial means. emlyon business school also hosts the event called "Le défi de Bacchus" which is the biggest wine-testing competition in Europe, gathering students and professionals. A competition well known for the degustation of French "grands crus" such as Château d'Yquem and because the restaurants where this event takes place are always Michelin starred.

Quality accreditations[edit]

  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
  • AMBA (Association of MBAs)
  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Notable alumni of EMLYON[edit]


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