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
Administrative staff
Postgraduates 4000
Location Berlin,London,Madrid,Paris,Turin,Warsaw
Campus Urban

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world[1]. It has campuses in six major European cities: Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin, and Warsaw.

It is among the foremost French Grande écoles and the leading business schools of Europe and the world.

Besides the historical Master in Management programme, the School offers a Bachelor in Management programme, a Master in European Business programme, an Executive MBA programme, twenty Masters programmes, ten Executive Maters programmes, a Doctoral programme and numerous Executive Education programmes.

ESCP Europe is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB.

The School’s notable alumni include many prominent business executives and politicians. Currently, ESCP Europe has a total of 45000 alumni from 200 nationalities present around the world.


École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris was established in Paris on 1 December in 1819 as the world's first business school.[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. The School's founders were a group of economic scholars and businessmen including the well-known economist Jean-Baptiste Say and the celebrated trader Vital Roux.

The idea of Vital Roux was to create a school where teaching would be built on the basis of simulated trade operations, with an increase in the complexity of cases taught. In the beginning, the educational program included general education writing, foreign languages, arithmetic and geography, as well as lessons specific to the school specialties: book-keeping, accounting, rules and customs of trade. In addition, exercises and practical work were offered to students. After learning the basic techniques of trade, the students were put in a position to manage a trading house with multiple stores and multiple products. They then had to do the same internationally. These exercises prefigured pedagogy based on the case study, now used in most business schools in the world.

The international scope and global perspective of the School has been visible since its early age; already the class of 1824 consisted of 30 percent international students from 15 different nations. Language education was an essential part of the School's first curriculum which also included, in addition to French grammar, courses in English, German, and Spanish. As of 1825, a total of ten languages were taught at ESCP Europe and students had to study at least three of them.

Merger with EAP: École Européenne des Affaires (EAP - European School of Management Studies) was founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris to provide a transnational management education in European context. It was established in 3 major European cities: Paris, Oxford and Dusseldorf. In 1985, at the request of the Government of Berlin, the campus was moved from Dusseldorf to Berlin. The School was granted official recognition and a degree awarding charter in Germany. It was the first time an academic institution received degree awarding powers in two European countries. In 1988, the fourth campus was established in Madrid.

In 1999, with an ambition to actively contribute to the development of European economic culture, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris merged EAP with ESCP to create a high-level, large scale European institution, which is now ESCP Europe.

The fifth campus of ESCP Europe was established in Turin in 2004.

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]

In 2015, the School established its sixth European campus in Warsaw through a strategic alliance with Kozminski University.


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

Bachelor in Management[edit]

The Bachelor in Management is a 3-year general management program which also embraces training in languages and liberal arts. Students spend each year on three different campuses. All students start their first year on the London campus and pursue their third year on the Berlin campus. The second year of study may be completed either in Madrid, Torino, or Paris.

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]

Based on an MBA-style curriculum 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 20 'Specialized Masters' on offer, open to students holding a bachelor's degree or a first master's degree's and subject to a selective competitive entrance exam. The are in addition 9 'Executive Specialized Masters' on offer.

Executive Education[edit]

The School 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.


ESCP Europe students have the opportunity to study in campuses in France[7] (Paris), in the UK (London), Spain (Madrid), Germany (Berlin), Italy (Turin), and Poland (Warsaw).


    Area 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Business School
  Financial Times Business School   Europe   11th 10th 12th 7th 12th 6th 7th 6th
Grande Ecole – MSc in Management
  L'Express   France   3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
L'Etudiant     3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd    
Le Point 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd  
Challenges   3rd 2nd 3nd[clarification needed] 3rd 3rd 3rd    
Le Figaro 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd  
Financial Times Grande Ecole   World 7th 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd
Master in Finance
  Financial Times (Pre-experience)   World 8th 8th 7th 7th          
Executive Education
  Financial Times EMBA   World 16th 25th 21st 31st 15th 25th 19th 22nd 37th

ESCP Europe was ranked 10th amongst European business schools in 2012 by Financial Times.[8] In 2010, its Master in Management program was ranked first worldwide by Financial Times,[9] while in 2012 it was ranked second.[10] It also stands 15th in the world ranking for its Executive MBA, as well as third 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 has consistently been ranked 3rd after HEC Paris and ESSEC by SIGEM, which is the automated procedure used by students to enter admission preferences of French students after exam since inception of the ranking.[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 and best in 2010.[14]

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Focus On - Generation Europe Foundation - Business schools and career opportunities" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Andreas Kaplan: European Management and European Business Schools: Insights from the History of Business Schools, European Management Journal, 2014". 
  3. ^ A. Renouard, Histoire de l'École supérieure de commerce de Paris, Raymond Castell éditions, 1999.
  4. ^ "Focus On - Generation Europe Foundation - Career Guidance (page 5)" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Novi Mundi Université (page 34)" (PDF). 
  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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