Founded in 1819, ESCP Business School has produced generations of leaders and entrepreneurs. With its six urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, ESCP's truly European identity allows it to offer a unique multicultural education style in the field of business and a global view in International Management issues. Each year, ESCP welcomes over 6,000 students and 5,000 executives from more than 120 different countries, providing them with a comprehensive offer of Management courses and specialised programmes (Bachelor, Master, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education). www.escp.eu – Follow us on Twitter @ESCPeurope
Although the ESCP Business School brand evolved over its almost 200 years of history, it always remained loyal to its first three letters. Starting in 1819 under the name École Spéciale de Commerce et d’Industrie and soon after renamed École Supérieure de Commerce, it developed to ESCP fifty years later in 1869. After merging with its sister school, the European School of Management (EAP), in 1999, the school was called ESCP-EAP for about a decade. Finally, in 2009, the school’s name turned into ESCP Europe, making explicit reference to its European heritage and positioning.
The international scope of ESCP Business School has been visible since its early age. Already the class of 1824 counted 30% of international students with 15 different nationalities, amongst them seven Spanish, five Brazilians, five Dutch, four Germans, and two Americans.
Language education was an essential part of its first curriculum which included, in addition to French grammar, also courses in English, German, and Spanish. As of 1825, a total of ten languages were taught at ESCP and students had to study at least three of them.
Around one and a half centuries later, ESCP was again a pioneer through the creation of a multi-campus business school. In order to respond to the School’s European calling, campuses in Germany and in the United Kingdom were opened in 1973, followed by Spain in 1988, Italy in 2004, and Warsaw in 2015. In the context of an ever more globalized world, the ambition of ESCP Business School today is to train truly European managers by fostering the link between humanistic values and management education. ESCP becomes a veritable European School open to the World.
21st Century Highlights
- 2001: The Master in Management programme of ESCP is validated by City University London which gives students the possibility to obtain a European MSc in Management.
- 2002: ESCP Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which makes it one of the first business schools with Triple Crown accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.
- 2004: A fifth campus in Torino, Italy is founded. Master in Management students can obtain the Italian degree Laurea Magistrale, validated by the University of Torino.
- 2005: The School inaugurates its London campus after moving from Oxford. ESCP now has urban campuses in five major European cities: Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Torino.
- 2007: The Master in Management programme is recognized by the Carlos III University of Madrid and students can obtain the Spanish degree of Master Europeo en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. ESCP is able to award a national degree in each of its five countries of implantation.
- 2015: The School establishes its sixth European campus via a strategic alliance with the Warsaw-based Kozminski University, the only business school in Central and Eastern Europe with triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
- 2016: The Paris Campus extends to Montparnasse district (Paris left bank), to develop Executive Education activities and support the school's development and growth.
- 2018: ESCP Business school becomes autonomous from the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry Paris Île-de-France, which is now the school’s majority shareholder.
“ESCP Business School’s mission is to inspire and educate tomorrow’s business leaders.”
Our conviction is that tomorrow’s business leaders will need to be international, digital, and inter-culturally effective. Our approach to education and organisational structure reflects this, with strong international programmes delivered by an integrated (pan-European) Faculty across campuses in each of Europe’s principal markets.
We advance this mission through our unique approach to international management education and research, which promotes transnational experience, collaboration and learning within a pan-European framework.
In 2015, the School formalised a unique approach and perspective under the C4B acronym: Cultures for (4) Business. This continues to guide our work and is now embedded into a new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2022.
(What and where we want to be by 2022)
“In 2022, ESCP will be recognised worldwide as the leading European business school for internationally-focused management education.Our vision implies
- producing and disseminating world-class research in international/comparative management that shapes the way organisations and leaders think and behave;
- producing culturally and digitally smart graduates equipped to shape and connect tomorrow's business worlds;
- engaging meaningfully with business, alumni and government to foster advancements in international management practice and intercultural relations;
- harnessing diversity in all of its forms as a source of innovation, strength and leadership