EDHEC Business School (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord)

EDHEC Business School
Type Grande école
Established 1906 [1]
President Olivier Oger (Dean)
Academic staff
134 permanent faculty members and 810 adjunct faculty [2]
Students 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students [2]
Location Lille, France
Nice, France
Paris, France
London, England
Singapore [3]
Campus Urban
Website www.edhec.com

EDHEC is one of the most selective and one of the most prestigious French Grandes Ecoles specialising in business and management, founded in 1906, and based in Lille. EDHEC Business School offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive education on its campuses in Lille, Nice, Paris, London, and Singapore.[4]

EDHEC Business School offers the following academic programs:

• The Masters’ Programme (M2) EDHEC Grande école (five-year degree) • The Bachelor’s Programme EDHEC BBA (four-year degree) • Master of Science Programmes • MBA Programmes (EDHEC Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA) • Executive education for managers (EDHEC Management Institute) • PhD in Finance • Research centres

It has 6,000 students enrolled in traditional graduate and undergraduate programmes, 10,000 in executive programmes, and an alumni base of roughly 30,000.

EDHEC Business School is EQUIS accredited by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Education), and AMBA accredited for the EDHEC MBA and Part-Time Executive MBAs programmes. It is also accredited by the AACSB and the French Conférence des grandes écoles.[4][5] EDHEC is among just 1% of all business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB.


EDHEC Business School is one of the most selective and one of the most prestigious French Grandes Ecoles specialising in business and management.

EDHEC Business School ranks #1 in France for the BBA program, and among the top schools in France and the world for its Master in Management, MSc, PhD, and Executive education programmes. [6]

EDHEC Business School ranks #3 in France, #7 in Europe, and #24 globally for the MBA program. [7]

EDHEC Business School ranks #4 worldwide for Masters in Finance program [8] and ranks #16 worldwide for Master in Management program.[9]

EDHEC Business School is ranked #4 in France in terms of professional insertion rate and quality (accord to Lepoint's 2012 Ranking) and #4 best business school in France (according to Le Parisien's 2014 Ranking). In the 2012 RePEc study, EDHEC Business School is ranked 1st in France for Research.

EDHEC ranks #5 in Europe for average total compensation of it's graduates [10]


EDHEC offers bachelor, Master in Management, Master of Science, and doctorate degrees in a variety of disciplines including finance, marketing, law and management. The school also has two Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programs, one is full-time and another is a part-time executive MBA. Advanced degrees are taught either wholly English or in a mixture French and English, while the bachelor's degree can be taken entirely in French or a mix of both, at the choice of each student.[11]

EDHEC Grande Ecole

EDHEC Business School's flagship programme, the Master in Management - Grande Ecole Programme - was completely overhauled in 2010 in order to improve training for high-potential students. It now comprises two cycles - the Bachelor year and the Master cycle - taught on the Nice, Lille, Paris, London or Singapore campuses depending on the year and the track. The Master in Management programme trains managers capable of leading projects and teams in a global environment. It comprises courses in fundamental managerial disciplines as well as providing the opportunity to acquire expertise in a specific field.According to the new programme structure, students choose a main track (the Financial Economics track in Nice, or the Business Management track in Lille) from their second year. Two other specific tracks - (the European Apprenticeship track in Lille and Paris or the Inter-continental track followed on three continents) - are also offered.

Masters of Science

During the second year of the Master cycle, all students in the Financial Economics, Business Management and European Apprenticeship tracks choose a Master of Science (MSc) specialisation. Student holding a 4-year bachelor's degree can apply directly to a MSc without going through the normal cycle.


EDHEC Business School offers an extensive portfolio of MBA programmes to meet a wide range of business needs.


With over 30 nationalities represented, this programme is designed for experienced professionals seeking a global outlook, cross-functional and leadership skills, and personal transformation. Taught entirely in English, the intensive 10-month programme includes three residential seminars in London, Singapore and San Francisco.


A professional transformation programme for experienced managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs, providing participants with the cross-functional skills needed to manage a business, develop their leadership skills and extend their understanding of the challenges of globalization.


Resolutely international, unique in Europe, the GEMBA programme is designed for the ‘Next Family Business Leaders’ who wish to acquire the foundations required to keep modern family businesses sustainable.

PhD (Doctorate)

EDHEC PhD in Finance is the highest degree offered by the Business School. Courses are taught in Nice, London and Singapore campuses. The doctoral programme is attached to the EDHEC-Risk Institute,[12] the School’s financial research centre in Europe (Nice, and London) and Asia (Singapore), and leads to the title of “Philosophiae Doctor in Finance”.

The PhD in Finance is taught entirely in English and demands considerable personal commitment and an excellent academic track record. The programme is geared to students with five years of higher-educational experience in economics, finance, management, mathematics, statistics or engineering.

The dissertation in the PhD Finance program requires two publishable papers from the PhD candidate in either academic or practitioner, peer-reviewed publications of high quality.

The EDHEC PhD in Finance programme faculty is an exceptional team of international scholars who hold prestigious qualifications, distinctions and appointments. As an example, over the 2013-2015 period, program faculty members have published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. These include nine in the Journal of Finance, fifteen in the Journal of Financial Economics, five in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and fourteen in the Review of Financial Studies.


The Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA EDHEC, ex ESPEME) program is taught on the School’s academic campuses in Lille and Nice. The programme also operates partnerships with 74 universities in 28 countries as well as double-degree agreements with five international universities.


EDHEC Business School is involved in academic research and was recently cited as one of the premier school in France for financial and risk management research.

The EDHEC-Risk and Asset Management (RAM) centre produces hedge funds style indexes, which are similar in purpose to CSFB/Tremont indexes on its website. It publishes a return based style analysis ranking of European mutual funds with Europerformance. The EDHEC-RAM is sponsored by financial organizations such as Euronext, Lyxor AM and Eurex.

EDHEC conducts applied research in the following fields:

Finance: Created in 2001 this centre does research in asset management, most particularly in the organisation and improvement of risk management.

Accounting and financial analysis: Created in 2006, the EDHEC Financial Analysis and Accounting Research Centre works on the choice of discount rate in company valuation and in particular on the integration of systemic accounting risk.

Economics: Since February 2006, EDHEC has had an economics research team focused on public policy and state reform. This team works on four broad themes: financing and reform of the welfare state, labor policies and competition, evaluation of sovereign risk and optimal management of the public debt and European budgetary governance.

Legal: The Legal EDHEC Research Centre has Legal Performance and Company Competitiveness as a subtitle. At the heart of the Centre is the notion of legal performance and its variations.

EDHEC Alumni

The Edhec Alumni association unites over 30 000 graduates and future graduates present in 120 countries. The association has four main duties, namely to represent its members on EDHEC’s Board of Governors and Steering Committee, to serve as a link between the different EDHEC communities and generations, to provide assistance to alumni throughout their careers and to help develop and promote the School.


Below is a nonexhaustive list:

Welcoming foreign students


Social and humanitarian


EDHEC alumni

Laurence Antoine (GE 1989), CEO, Caterpillar.

Mike Burke (GE 1980), CEO, Louis Vuitton Malletier.

Jean-Pierre de Montalivet (GE 1966), CEO, Power Consulting.

Bruno de Pampelonne (GE 1981), CEO, Tikehau Investment Management.

Bernard Fournier (GE 1962), N.E.D, Xerox Limited.

Regis Larose (GE 1981), Groupe Petit Bateau.

Thierry Marraud (GE 1966), Bolloré Group.

Gérard Guillemot (GE 1980), CEO, Gameloft (Creator of Ubisoft).

Geoffroy Sardin (GE 1993), Vice President Marketing Ubisoft.

Richard Simonin (GE 1976), Chairman et CEO, Limoni SPA.

Christian Polge (GE 1989), General Manager Franchise Operations North West Europe & Nordics, Coca-Cola Company.

Christophe Bonduelle (GE 1982), CEO Bonduelle Group.

Laurent Freixe (GE 1985), Executive Vice President Europe Nestlé.

Ghislaine Auxoux (GE 1981), CEO, Xerox France.

Franck Moison (GE 1975), CEO, Colgate Palmolive Europe.

Hugo Kunetz (GE 1990), President North America, L'Oreal PPD.

Benoît Testard (GE 1980), CEO, United Biscuits Europe.

Amélie Simi-Vidal (GE 1989), CEO, Henkel France.

Philippe Fortunato (GE 1989), CEO, Louis Vuitton China.

Delphine Bresson (GE 1986), General Manager, Lancôme.

Philippe Durand (GE 1979), Vice Chairman, Texas Instruments.

Étienne Aubourg (GE 1981), Vice President Groupe AXA.

Delphine Arnault (GE 1998), Christian Dior Couture.

Fabrice Gobert (GE1997), film director

Brigitte Cantaloube (GE 1991), CEO, Yahoo! France.

Martial Sekely (GE 1981), General Manager, Lactalis.

Pierre-Olivier Brial (GE 1996), General Manager, Manutan International.

Jean-Jacques Goldman (GE 1974), singer.

Philippe Léopold-Metzger (GE 1977, MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Chicago), CEO of Piaget SA


External links

EDHEC Official websites

External sources

Coordinates: 50°40′23″N 3°09′58″E / 50.67306°N 3.16611°E / 50.67306; 3.16611

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