HEC Paris

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HEC Paris
Hautes études commerciales de Paris
HEC Paris.svg
Motto Apprendre à oser
Motto in English
The more you know, the more you dare
Type Business school
Established 1881; 136 years ago (1881)
Endowment €48.7 Million [1]
President Henri Proglio[2]
Dean Peter Todd[3]
Academic staff
Students 4,000
Location Jouy-en-Josas, France
Colors Blue and White          
Affiliations CEMS
Université Paris-Saclay
Website www.hec.edu

HEC Paris (Hautes études commerciales de Paris) is an international business school located in Jouy-en-Josas, France. HEC Paris was created in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the model of French grandes écoles and has progressively become one of the most selective graduate schools in Europe. Together with ESSEC Business School and ESCP Europe it forms the informal group commonly referred as the "trois Parisiennes" [4] (three Parisians). 

Among the most selective French grandes écoles, HEC offers its flagship Master in Management, MBA and EMBA programs, eleven specialized MSc programs, a PhD program, and executive education offerings. HEC Paris is the founding member of CEMS - Global Alliance in Management Education and holds the triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) [5].


In 1819, ESCP Europe became the first business school created in the world.[6] Yet, many of the most prestigious French Grandes Écoles already existed. For example, the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, the École Polytechnique, the ENSTA and the École Normale Supérieure were created before or during the French Revolution.

Château of HEC at Jouy-en-Josas.

Most business schools were created decades later, at the end of the 19th century, and were less attractive than universities. Established in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce (CCIP), the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) wanted to be in the fields of management and trade what Centrale Paris was in the field of engineering. In order to gain recognition from the academic world, the school offered lessons similar to what was taught in secondary education and few classes in management.

In 1921, the school introduced the case-based method of the Harvard Business School, but most of lectures remained theoretical. In 1938, HEC program was lengthened to 3 years.

Due to French corporations demand for North American style management education, at the end of the 1950s the case-based method was generalized and a one-year classe preparatoire was created to prepare the entrance examination which had become difficult. An evidence of the recognition of the diploma is that only 9% of HEC students also attended university in 1959, whereas 47% had done so in 1929.

HEC Paris campus.

In 1964, French President Charles de Gaulle inaugurated a new 250-acre (1.0 km2) wooded campus in Jouy-en-Josas. In 1967, HEC launched its executive education programs. Women have been accepted at HEC only since 1973. Only 27 girls were accepted that year and "HEC jeunes filles" (HECJF), another school dedicated to women, disappeared. Its alumni are officially considered as graduated from HEC. HECJF alumni include, for example, Édith Cresson, the first and to date the only woman to have held the office of Prime Minister of France.

During the 1970s, HEC began to become global. It signed a partnership with the New York University and the London School of Economics in 1973, and has recruited foreign students since 1975. In 1988, HEC founded the CEMS network with ESADE, the Bocconi University and the Cologne University.

In 2015, the school will adopt a new legal status to allow private investors to join the Board.[7]

Student life[edit]


HEC is located on an 110-hectare woodland campus in Jouy-en-Josas, 16 km. (10 miles) southwest of central Paris, close to Versailles. Jouy-en-Josas is served by the RER Parisian suburban train. The campus is built around a 19th-century Chateau, which is currently used for Executive Education classes.

Lodging is provided in one of ten dormitories (Bâtiments) providing basic but furnished rooms. Everyone eats together at the University Restaurant, which serves two meals a day in a soup kitchen setting. Grande école and Specialized Master students have classes in the Bâtiment des études (Batzet), while MBA students study in a specially designated building. There are two on-campus bars: Zinc, which is located on the second floor of the Cafeteria (or Kfet), and the Piano Bar, which is adjacent to the MBA residence hall. The campus also boasts several sports fields and two lakes.


There are around 130 clubs or "associations" on campus.

The HEC Student Council (Bureau des Élèves in French or BDE) is in charge of the social entertainment on campus. It is also in charge of coordinating all club activities and representing the students in front of the campus administration. The BDE organizes weekly events such as POWs (Parties Of the Week), lunches and dinners, speakers, and sport events. HEC parties which usually are organised every Thursday are some of the most recognized ones among all French schools and universities. The BDE is composed of a 40-student team that is elected each year in April and for which the competition among students creates the well-known Student Office Campaign.

The HEC MBA Council is in charge of all social activities related to the MBA student body. It manages the MBA's Piano Bar in Expansiel Building (Building A), coordinates and sometimes funds all MBA club activities (speaker events, sports events, dinners etc.), works to expand the HEC MBA brand, develops campus and alumni relations, sets up the new MBAs' integration week, and generally relays student concerns and needs to the administration. Elections for MBA Council are bi-annual so as to accommodate both January and September MBA intakes.

Alumni association[edit]

The school alumni association, Association des diplômés HEC Paris was founded in 1883 and gathers alumni of the different institutions of HEC Group: École HEC Paris, MBA HEC Paris, HEC Paris Executive MBA, Mastères HEC Paris and Doctorat HEC Paris. Each degree is associated with a letter and the year of graduation.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre rapport d’activité 2016 est disponible!" (PDF). Fondation HEC Paris. May 2017. p. 22. 
  2. ^ http://www.hec.edu/About-HEC/Governance-structure/The-President
  3. ^ http://www.hec.edu/About-HEC/Governance-structure/The-Dean
  4. ^ http://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/les-news/actu/detail/article/classement-2013-des-ecoles-de-commerces-hec-reste-au-top-3386/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Triple accredited business schools (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS)
  6. ^ "Andreas Kaplan: European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools". European Management Journal. 32 (4): 529–534. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2014.03.006. 
  7. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 48°45′29″N 2°10′13″E / 48.75806°N 2.17028°E / 48.75806; 2.17028