We are the business school of École des Ponts, the oldest engineering school in the world, one of France's top Grandes Ecoles, and a founding member of the Paris Institute of Technology. Since 1747, our school has had a tradition to train leaders, pioneers and inventors for a world that has kept changing at an increasing speed. Our vision here is that new technologies are behind most of the changes occurring in business organizations, customer expectations and society at large. For example, can you imagine global business today without advanced information technologies?
Our goal is to train and develop business leaders who can adjust to the complexities of the digital age and design innovative strategies in all type of industries. What’s more, the curriculum is based on a backbone of experiential learning, which allows participants to gain first-hand practice and acquire a ‘learn-apply-test-iterate’ approach to business and leadership. At our campus, we are at the heart of an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem including the Paris school of Design Thinking as well as many research labs, incubators and start-ups. We take our MBA participants for a study trip to the Silicon Valley, where our school has many ties with hi-tech MNEs, venture capitalists, start-ups and leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley.
Also, Celia Russo, who founded our business school 30 years ago, had the vision that diversity in the classroom - in terms of culture, gender, education or professional background - is a necessary condition to train leaders and managers who will thrive in a global economy and contribute to make the world a better place. More than ever, we sustain this vision with affirmative scholarship programs encouraging diversity in all its forms. We are particularly happy that international students, from all four corners of the globe, account for 90% of the student body. This is likely the result of our alliance strategy, which has led us to operate MBA programs on four continents (Argentina, France, Japan, China, India, Morocco and the Gulf Region), organize exchange programs and offer joint degrees with prestigious universities in Europe and the USA.
We consistently challenge our professors, the program content and the pedagogy. We have worked hard to bring together top-level international visiting faculty from leading universities from around the world – Our programs are taught fully in English. Each course combines the traditional MBA case-study pedagogy and group work with real-life experiences and learning outside of class. This continued model of excellence and student-centric approach has led to École des Ponts Business School being ranked #1 in the world by the International Graduate Forum and CEO Magazine.
We have introduced prospective students to the skillset and forward-thinking vision they can develop by joining our program. But our commitment to our MBA participants goes way beyond that. What we are offering at the École des Ponts Business School is a transformative experience that enables ambitious professionals to embark on a career path they excel at, and which fulfills their expectations and beyond. For that, helping them assert their personality and cultivate their emotional intelligence is as important as improving their analytical skills.
For sure, experiential learning and group work are key in this transformation process. More importantly, we have heavily invested in a Career and Leadership Development Program, which spans all through the MBA. It combines a series of career design workshops, leadership retreats and job-hunting seminars. And it culminates with individual coaching sessions where each participant is empowered toward achieving her or his personal goals – and leveraging the networking and recruitment opportunities offered on-campus and globally.