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Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the World. Its mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace cultural diversity opportunities. With its six urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin, and Warsaw, ESCP Europe's true European Identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a Global Perspective on international management issues. Through a combination of innovative pedagogy, cross-campus programs, and a research-active faculty, ESCP Europe is an essential contributor to the development of the transnational management culture so essential in today's global business environment.
Our network of 120 partner universities extends the School's reach from Europe to worldwide. Triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), ESCP Europe welcomes 4,600 students and 5,000 executives from 100 different nationalities every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialized programs (Bachelor, Master, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Education). The School's 50,000-strong alumni network counts members from 150 nationalities. Together with its long-standing relationships with national and multinational companies, this network allows ESCP Europe to provide unique career opportunities on an international scale.
The aspiration of ESCP Europe is the credo of Europe: to remain faithful to its humanistic values while also anticipating the new ways of the World. Established in 1819, the World's first business school, ESCP Europe, was founded by a group of economic scholars and businessmen, including the well-known economist Jean-Baptiste Say and the celebrated trader Vital Roux. Jean-Baptiste Say was an advocate of economic liberalism and is often credited with coining the concept of entrepreneurship as early as 1800. Vital Roux is mainly known for having largely contributed to the elaboration of the Commercial Code in 1807, as well as for his up-front thinking in innovative pedagogy. Therefore, one can say that the creation of ESCP Europe represents the invention of the "business school" concept.
Although the ESCP Europe brand evolved over its almost 200 years of history, it always remained loyal to its first three letters. Starting in 1819 under the name Ecole Spéciale de Commerce et d'Industrie and soon after renamed Ecole 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, it 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 Europe 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 Europe, and students had to study at least three of them.
Around one and a half centuries later, ESCP Europe was again a pioneer in creating a multi-campus business school. In order to respond to the School's European calling, campuses in Germany and 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 Europe today is to train genuinely European managers by fostering the link between humanistic values and management education. ESCP Europe becomes a veritable European School open to the World.
Diversity is at the heart of the ESCP Europe teaching project. We believe it is essential that students are, at any time, confronted with different cultures, different mindsets, and different academic backgrounds. We believe this richness allows them to become managers open to the World, adaptable in all the possible situations they will face in the future.

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