ESCP Europe Business School

Paris, France
Established in 1819 by a group of businessmen and economic scholars including the well-known economist Jean-Baptiste Say and the celebrated trader Vital Roux, ESCP Europe Business School is the oldest business school in the world and has formed generations of leaders.
  • 2 PhDs
  • 4000 Students
  • Private Institution Type


Established in 1819, the world’s first business school, ESCP Europe Business School 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 having coined the concept of entrepreneurship as early as 1800. Vital Roux is particularly 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. One can therefore 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, 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.

ESCP Europe’s distinctive model of a cross-border multi-campus business school embodies the heart of our European identity. With its five urban campuses in major European cities, ESCP Europe contributes actively to the development of a European management culture and allows the School to offer a unique type of cross-cultural business education.

European mission:

To contribute to the development of Europe, defining a model for European management, interacting intensively with the other regions of the world. To produce knowledge on European management. To foster the link between European humanistic values and management.

Urban & urbane:

In & of major European cities, at home through our 5 campuses, at the heart of history, culture, emerging lifestyles and trends and business, proximity with headquarters, innovative projects and companies.

Human in a Human World:

An education based on mutual learning where human values, the diversity of a multicultural environment, teamwork, fair play, social commitment, and the challenge of ethical dilemmas, construct the framework for managerial values such as accountability, exacting guidance, initiative spirit, attention to detail, social responsibility and for the cultural values needed to understand the world.

Who are we?

  • The Worlds First Business School, educating generations of leaders and forefront thinkers
  • Combining innovative pedagogy, cross-campus programmes with integrated curricula, and a research-active faculty
  • A key contributor to the development of a European, cross-national management culture.

Date of Creation: Founded in Paris in 1819

Where is ESCP Europe?

5 urban campuses: Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Torino

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at ESCP Europe Business School!

Student Life

The mission of ESCP Europe's Alumni Association is to connect our graduates working and living all around the globe, offering them a mix of professional, social and personal development services and events.

Being part of the association gives you

Access to a network which provides support and exchange services: gathering 700 delegates who coordinate over 200 interest groups (categorised by profession, geographic location or year of graduation) and who organise around 500 events and reunions every year.

Professional career support
  • One-to-one careers advice from experienced careers consultants for those seeking guidance during key points in their professional life
  • Conferences and workshops on career-related topics
  • A place to upload your CV and have it viewed by recruiters and headhunters
  • Over 30,000 job offers sent by companies and executive search agencies or from within the ‘hidden job’ market
  • Magazines and newsletters – to keep you updated on the Association's activities, the economy, companies, success stories, social & professional events, the School's programmes and Executive Education options and much more
  • Online and paper directories holding the contact details of more than 45,000 graduates and students to establish and maintain a strong network, both professional and personal


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