Two of France’s most prestigious Grandes Ecoles — Ceram Business School and ESC Lille — have announced that they are merging. This union will create the largest French business school in terms of student numbers with 5,600 students, outstripping Edhec, the previous holder of the title with 4,700 students, Financial Times reports.
The new school – a name has yet to be decided – will span three sites in France, – Lille in northern France, Paris and Sophia Antipolis in the south. It will eventually have campuses and international partnerships on all five continents: Asia (China and India), the United States, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Morocco. The Chinese and Moroccan campuses exist already, and a US project is expected in 2010.
The ambition of the group is to offer its students a truly international experience, training students in areas close to businesses in the knowledge economy. It will also provide a 100% international education. Its educational portfolio will cover a range of bachelors, masters and specialized masters, PhD and MBA programs as well as offering a Grande Ecole program.
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