École supérieure des affaires (Beirut)

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École Supérieure des Affaires - ESA Business School
المعهد العالي للأعمال
Established 5 April 1996
Type Private business school
President Stéphane ATTALI
Academic staff
approx. 250 (visiting)
Location Beirut, Lebanon Lebanese flag
33°53′55″N 35°29′21″E / 33.89861°N 35.48917°E / 33.89861; 35.48917Coordinates: 33°53′55″N 35°29′21″E / 33.89861°N 35.48917°E / 33.89861; 35.48917
Campus Urban 35,000 square metres (8.6 acres)
Affiliations ESCP Europe
Website www.esa.edu.lb

Established in 1996 following an intergovernmental agreement between France and Lebanon, ESA is a Business School dedicated to the education of executives and managers in Lebanon and the Middle East and managed by the Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

With its mission to form the elite of Lebanon and the region into the leaders of tomorrow, ESA has become a beacon of academic excellence within Lebanon, and a platform for interaction and meetings between Europe, the Middle East and Lebanon.

Paying keen attention to businesses and their needs, ESA assists them in developing their visions, and helps them better achieve their objectives by training and coaching their executives and managers.

Situated in the center of Beirut, and at the heart of the Middle East, ESA asserts its reach as an important international school, combining the talents of high-level learners and professors who rank among the world’s most preeminent specialists.


Programs and courses made to measure, to train executives and managers, in accordance with the needs of the international workplace.

A faculty composed exclusively of professors drawn from the best business schools in Europe, particularly from ESCP Europe and HEC Paris.

Two international certifications, to validate each academic path: the ESA Degree and the Degree from its prestigious partner school.

Flexible schedules, allowing for both training and professional lives to be combined.

An influential international network, accessible by joining the ESA Alumni Association, which is linked to and a key associate of the ESCP Alumni Association.

An advantageous place for business encounters, ESA organizes regular seminars and panel conferences with international speakers.


The École Supérieure des Affaires was established in 1996. The idea behind creating an important business school in Beirut came from, and was promoted—in particular towards the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry—by Professor Fayek Abillama, who was also the President of the Alumni Association at HEC, Lebanon. At the same time, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lafon—former Ambassador of France to Lebanon—convinced of the necessity of increasing Franco-Lebanese cooperation in matters of education, adopted the idea of creating a Business School to address the needs of the business community. In May 1995, he approached the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set his plan in motion, in close collaboration with The Central Bank of Lebanon and its Governor, Mr. Riad Salame. A partnership was thereafter established between the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Central Bank of Lebanon, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ESA was officially established on April 5, 1996, in the presence of President Chirac and Prime Minister Hariri, through an intergovernmental agreement signed between France and Lebanon, and an institutional agreement signed between The Central Bank of Lebanon and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

ESA was officially recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education decree N8 9033 dated 27 August 1996[1][2]


The ESA Campus Today : A 35,000 square meter campus; a wooded park unique at the heart of Beirut

Six buildings equipped to welcome students and executives undergoing training, in the best possible conditions for reflection, research and networking.

The main building housing the administration offices, work spaces and the lecture halls. The Fattal auditorium is located on the ground floor, with a capacity of one-hundred and fifty people, and often hosts events such as conferences or round-table discussions.

The International Center for Management Documentation (CEDIM) is located in the building to the north of the campus, when entering via the main gate. The CEDIM can welcome up to sixty-five readers over an area of 240 square meters. The gym is located on the ground floor of the same building.

The IMEF, the Monetary and Financial Institute, is a training center which affords both students, and Lebanese and regional operatives, the possibility of acquiring high-level financial knowledge. This center includes a fully equipped trading room to train finance and banking students on the operations of the stock market. This trading room was established under the framework of the ESA-Thomson Reuters partnership.

The” Villa du Pasteur” is reserved purely for guests, speakers, and professors invited by ESA. The “Villa Rose” (E) as well as the Consulat (F) are currently undergoing restoration.

The ESA Campus in 2015

1. The Villa Rose : A training center for executives and managers; seat of the ESA Executive Education program.

This unique concept, which was developed in close partnership with the Central Lebanese Bank and supported by the French Embassy and the Paris Ile de France CCI, will be dedicated to the development of executives and managers of the Central Banks as well as Lebanese and regional enterprises.

2. The George Audi Auditorium Adjacent to the Villa Rose, this will include an auditorium of four-hundred seats, equipped with the very best technology, and will be located on the basement level, completely integrated into the landscape. In addition, it will house a multi-purpose hall of 170 square metres. This space will be dedicated to regional and international conferences, led by world-renowned speakers and the leaders of large banking and finance institutions.

Villa Rose – Portalis Mansion[edit]

The dilapidated Villa Rose, Beirut

The "Villa Rose" (pink villa), is a historical 19th century mansion. Built by industrialists Antoine-Fortuné and Nicolas Portalis (sons of French statesman Jean-Étienne Portalis) who founded a sericulture and silk production facility in the Shouf region in 1836.[3] The Portalis heirs sold the mansion in the early 20th century to the French mandate authorities. The "Villa Rose" is still owned by the French government, it had accommodated since the 1930s the counselor of the embassy of France in Lebanon.[4][5] The "Villa Rose" and its gardens have been abandoned and ravaged during the Lebanese civil war. The ESA recently acquired the "Villa Rose" from the French government according to a long term lease.[6] The ESA is currently restoring the "Villa Rose" in preparation of future expansion and integration into the campus, meanwhile the Portalis mansion is used by ESA to house regular cultural events and painting expositions.[4]



The Ecole Supérieure des Affaires hosts approximately 250 visiting international leading academics and professors most of which come from the two centres of Business Higher Education of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry: ESCP Europe and HEC group.[7] The ESA is headed by Stéphane Attali who previously was the deputy director general of ESCP Europe; Attali replaced Roger Ourset and assumed office in January 2009. According to the WBS 2010 ranking, after 14 years of existence, the ESA scored first in the MENA region amongst more than 50 other establishments. Highly selective, the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires has today acquired a great prestige, competing French and English best business schools.[8]

Academic cooperation[edit]

Programs and degrees[edit]

The Masters in Management, Grande Ecole Program is geared at Bachelor students. Applicants have the choice between two paths: either Lebanon or France. This program allows them to prepare for the constantly changing, high-level responsibilities to be found in a globalized economy.

The Masters in Business Administration (MBA) is an international general business program for young professionals with a minimum of three years work experience. It provides a solid vision of the business world and lays sound foundations in business management.

The Executive MBA is a part-time, very high-level course, geared toward executives and managers with a minimum of five years experience in a managerial role.

Delivered entirely in English, adapted to specific timetables, and including four international seminars—Turkey, United States, China or India—this course gives students the possibility of putting their leadership skills into practice, allowing them to face the problematic issues of today’s business world.

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a course of high-level research supervised by international professors and researchers. It is aimed at managers and business leaders who wish to contribute to the development of management theories and practices. This program is linked with ESA’s Centre for Research and Development (CRED), in partnership with the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Three Specialized Masters - Part-time courses adapted to the constrains of working professionals, which offer in-depth knowledge learning within specific domains: • The Executive Masters in Financial Management (XFM), A sixteen-month course in association with the Rotterdam School of Management, taught entirely in English • The Marketing and Communication Specialized Masters An eighteen-month course in association with ESCP Europe, which allows for a thorough and far-reaching understanding of marketing principles and concepts • The Masters in Hospital and Healthcare Management A twelve-month course focused on providing training in the major healthcare management issues, for all healthcare professionals in hospitals and care facilities


The selection criteria rest mainly on competitive written and oral exams

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Lebanese Ministry of higher education. "Higher-edu". Lebanese Ministry of higher education. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Khater, Akram Fouad (2001). Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender, and the Middle Class in Lebanon, 1870–1920. Berkely: University of California Press. p. 257. ISBN 9780520227408. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
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  5. ^ "La villa rose – De Beyrouth à Bordeaux". Le Monde. France. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Emié, Bernard (29 June 2007). "Cérémonie de remise des diplôme à l'Ecole Supérieure des Affaires – La France au Liban" (diplomacy). Ambafrance. Retrieved 16 January 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "L’Ecole Supérieure des Affaires de Beyrouth fête ses 10 ans" (PDF) (Press release). Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Morel Lebbos, Elodie. "Pierre Simon, président de la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris : " L’ESA doit rester un pôle d’excellence " - iloubnan.info". Iloubnan. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
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