EMLYON Business School

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EMLYON Business School
Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon
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Former name
École de management de Lyon
Motto Educating entrepreneurs for the world
Established 1872
Type Private business school
President Bruno Bonnell
Dean Françoise Dany
Students 2,800
Location Écully, France
Campus Urban
Website http://www.em-lyon.com/en

EMLYON Business School (formerly École de management de Lyon) is a French 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[1] and its MBA program is currently ranked 92 worldwide,[2] according to the Financial Times. It is widely known as one of the top Grande écoles in France. [3][4][5]

EMLYON has 4 campuses currently: the Lyon campus, the Saint-Etienne campus, the Shanghai campus (2007), and the Casablanca campus (2015). The Asia-Europe Business School (AEBS) will be co-established by EMLYON and ECNU in 2016.[6]


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).

The school has been part of the G16+ network since 1983.[7]


EMLYON is organized in three campuses in the Urban Community of Lyon (Écully), Shanghai and Casablanca.

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.[8] EMLYON opened an office in Shangai 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.


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

Programmes of EMLYON include the following:

  • European Master in Management (or triple MSc in Management) in cooperation with 2 world leading business schools : Aston Business School and Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich[9]
  • MSc in Management, for students from the French "classes préparatoires" or French and international students with a bachelor's degree[10]
  • Double Degree with HEC Montreal, leading to a Bachelor's from the Canadian school and a M.Sc in Management from EMLYON in only 4 years [11]
  • MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing[12]
  • MSc in Sports & Outdoor Industry Management[13]
  • MSc in Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship & Arts (I.D.E.A. - in cooperation with Centrale Lyon)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Program (in cooperation with Purdue University and Zhejiang University)[14]
  • Specialised Masters programmes, in 12 different fields[15]
  • International MBA[16]
  • Executive programmes[17]
  • Entrepreneurship programmes[18]
  • PhD in Management programme[19]


  • Financial Times: 14th Business School in Europe (European Business School Rankings 2014),[20] 92nd MBA Worldwide (Global MBA Ranking 2013)[21]
  • The Economist: 4th MBA in France, 71st MBA Worldwide (Full Time MBA Ranking, 2014)[22]
  • Le Figaro: 3rd Business School in France (November 2014)[23]
  • Challenges: 2nd Business School in France (November 2012)

Student life[edit]

EMLYON Business School hosts the student association called the Petit Paumé, which is the second biggest (reference missing?) 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 (Michelin being the European Zagat).

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]

  • Bernard Fornas (ESC 1970), President and CEO, Cartier International
  • César Giron (ESC 1987), CEO, Pernod
  • Marc Ouayoun (ESC 1995), Managing director, Porsche France
  • Philippe Marcel (ESC 1976), President, Adecco France
  • Fabrice Ducceschi (ESC 1986), President, Nike France
  • Christian Nibourel (IMBA 1982), President, Accenture Western Europe
  • Vincent Prolongeau (ESC 1987), Managing director, Tropicana


  1. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-management-2013
  2. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013
  3. ^ http://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/services/palmares/ecoles+de+commerce-2014
  4. ^ http://www.studyramagrandesecoles.com/home.php?idRubrique=899&Id=9323
  5. ^ http://bloom6.free.fr/classement_sigem.html
  6. ^ http://www.em-lyon.com/en/News-Room/press-releases-management-school-france/EMLYON-partners-with-East-China-Normal-University-to-create-Asia-Europe-Business-School2
  7. ^ Liste des membres du G16+
  8. ^ http://www.em-lyon.com/english/emlyon/inter/china/students/index.aspx
  9. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/European-Master-in-Management
  10. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/MSc-in-Management
  11. ^ http://www.hec.ca/etudiant_actuel/mon_programme/baa/em_lyon/index.html
  12. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/MSc-in-Luxury-Management-Marketing
  13. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/MSc-in-Sports-and-Outdoor-Industry-Management
  14. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/Global-Entrepreneurship-Program
  15. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/Specialised-Masters
  16. ^ http://graduate.em-lyon.com/en/International-MBA
  17. ^ http://www.em-lyon.com/en/Programmes/Colonne-Executive-Development/Executive-Development
  18. ^ http://www.em-lyon.com/en/Programmes/entrepreneurial-education/programmes-for-entrepreneurs
  19. ^ http://www.em-lyon.com/en/Programmes/PhD-MBA-programmes/PhD-Programme
  20. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/european-business-school-rankings-2014
  21. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2013
  22. ^ http://www.economist.com/whichmba/full-time-mba-ranking
  23. ^ http://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/services/palmares/ecoles+de+commerce-2014

External links[edit]

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