ESSEC Business School

100 Years of Excellence and Innovation

For over a century, ESSEC has been developing a state-of-the-art educational program that gives the individual pride of place in its learning model, promoting the values of freedom, openness, innovation and responsibility. Preparing future managers to reconcile personal interests with collective responsibility, giving consideration to the common good in their decision-making, and weighing economic challenges against the social costs are some of the objectives ESSEC has set for itself. Its ultimate goal? To create a global education that has meaning for us all.

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ESSEC was the first Business School outside of North America accredited by AACSB International in 1997. Since then, ESSEC has also received the distinction of being accredited by the second leading international associations of business education institutions: EQUIS.

As one of the world's top institutions in management education, ESSEC Business School participates in a number of national and international rankings. The results reflect the quality of ESSEC's programs, its graduates, and the employment opportunities offered by successful completion of an ESSEC diploma. ESSEC is proud to announce that it was ranked 7th worldwide for Executive Education in the last FINANCIAL TIMES RANKING, released in 2012.

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Our students discover ESSEC's international scope the first time they set foot on one of its three campuses (Cergy-Pontoise, La Défense and Singapore). French students mingle with 1,300 students from 82 countries. Courses are taught by a faculty that is 42% international, multicultural work groups and academic exchanges make the outside world a concrete and constant reality in the lives of our participants. The ESSEC Executive Education Campus is located in the heart of the Parisian business district at La Défense.

Since 2006, ESSEC's third campus in Singapore has plunged its students into the heart of a thriving business and financial hub, providing them with an ideal perspective for understanding the strengths, complexity, diversity and challenges of a key region in the 21st century.

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Ellen Kountz, ESSEC Executive MBA Class of 1999

Ellen Kountz

ESSEC Executive MBA Class of 1999
Senior Product Manager
NYSE Euronext

»The humanist culture that is at the heart of ESSEC's core values is felt throughout the MBA program. As a capital markets professional, I have been particularly appreciative of that fact. The program has given me a considerable advantage in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the new era of corporate social responsibility it has ushered in.«

AACSB, EQUIS accredited