Lisa Hendriksen, 22, from the Netherlands knew she wanted to study abroad in France but was not sure which university to apply to. That is, until she chanced upon EDC Paris Business School in a Google search.
“On the list, I saw that EDC Paris Business School ranks really highly among France’s business schools,” Hendriksen says, adding that its new La Défense – Europe’s biggest business district – location in the city centre was another perk.
Indeed, EDC Paris Business School has a whole list of accolades. It ranks first for salary on graduation (L’Etudiant) and is third for proximity to companies (L’Etudiant and Le Figaro Etudiant) and professionalisation (Le Point).
EDC Paris Business School is the fifth most international (Le Figaro Etudiant) and ranks fourth for internationalisation of the teaching staff (Le Parisien). The school is also top for financial capacity, entrepreneurship and student satisfaction.
What’s more, EDC Paris Business School is the oldest 100% private institution of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.
With over 70 years of experience in producing successful humanist leaders and entrepreneurs, 93% of its graduating class today get permanent job contracts within two months of leaving campus. On top of that, around 3,000 placements and jobs are offered to EDC Paris Business School’s graduates every year.
EDC Paris Business School holds many top accreditations such as EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development for the Grande Ecole Master programme) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The school is also PRME-accredited for its United Nations Global Compact initiative relating to environmental and societal issues.
Their Grande Ecole Programme is accredited Bac+5 and Master Grade, and the Bachelor is accredited Bac+3 – both by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research. The six MSc courses are certified by the Conference of Grandes Ecoles.
At the same time, international students will be pleased to know that several programmes are offered in English, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Depending on what they want to study, the programmes can range from 19 months to three years.
The internationally accredited Executive Master in Management is similar to an Executive MBA – students learn to become inspiring and responsible managers. During the 19 months, students will complete an Individual Strategy Project, participate in a study trip overseas and attend seminars besides exploring fundamental, in-depth and optional courses.
Students can choose from a wide range of Masters of Science programmes where they start with one semester of common core courses, followed by specialisation courses in the remaining three semesters. EDC Paris Business School offers both initial and sandwich courses for these master’s programmes.
Sandwich courses – where students can work and study for alternate periods – include Corporate Finance and Business Project Management, among others. Initial courses include Data Science and Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Supply Chain Management and Sustainability, and Global Sports Management. Those interested in luxury can pursue the following: Fashion and Luxury Business, Food and Wine International Management, or Global Luxury Brand Management.
These courses come to life through an “alternating internship” – three weeks in a company and one week in a training programme, or a work-study arrangement via an apprenticeship contract; the latter is popular with at least two-thirds being work-study during the specialisation phase.
The Bachelor of Science in Management – the longest EDC course at three years – has a signature DIVE teaching approach combining skills, personal development and digital technology. In their third year, students can either specialise or complete an academic exchange programme for one semester or a year. Specialisation options include luxury, international business management or a work-study arrangement for digital marketing and commercial management.
Through the Entrepreneurial Observatory and Research Centre, EDC Paris Business School can marry their well-known project-oriented pedagogy with practical application. Articles are published in scientific reviews; researchers in professional contexts focus on advances in managerial practice; and lectures including the research results will form the pedagogical aspect.
EDC Paris Business School is international in its outlook as well – it maintains partnerships with top educational institutes and universities around the world, allowing their students to participate in valuable exchange programmes. Both Bachelor and Master in Management (Grand Ecole Programme) students can also apply to do a double degree.
With these well-accredited, innovative and experiential programmes, it is little wonder EDC Paris Business School has amassed an enviable network of 18,500 successful graduates across 71 countries. Known as Force EDC, it is one of the most powerful business school networks in France, making EDC Paris Business School graduates more in demand than they already are.
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