The French Grandes Ecoles system
The Grandes Ecoles are small to medium sized institutions which have solid financial and administrative backing, are highly selective, provide high quality education and maintain close ties with the corporate world.
French higher education is characterised by the coexistence of two systems: the Universities and the Grandes Ecoles. Over the years, the Grandes Ecoles have proven their efficiency and adaptability in training engineers and managers for business.
The degrees awarded by the Grandes Ecoles have the same status as public university degrees and are monitored by the French Ministry of Education. However, they reflect an education based on two imperatives: the careful selection of applicants, through a highly competitive entrance examination after two years of higher education, and the training of those students to reach an individual level of excellence corresponding to the demands of the business world.
|Over 60 % of the managing directors and the chief executives of the 100 biggest French Companies are graduates of Grandes Ecoles.|
The Grandes Ecoles are also known for fostering a "team spirit" which unites the students in each class of each school. After they graduate, they are reunited in active alumni networks which successfully help young graduates start their careers in France or abroad.
The Grandes Écoles within the French Higher Education System
There are more than 200 Grandes Ecoles in management and engineering in France. These schools train over 20 000 students each year. They are grouped together within the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles , a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote their activities and contributes to the improvement of their educational programmes.
Specific requirements to be accredited by the Conference des Grandes Ecoles
The “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles” is a non-profit organisation founded in 1973.
- 220 directors of French “Grandes Écoles” among which 38 Schools of Management and business form the “Chapitre des Grandes Écoles de Management”
- 12 foreign universities
- 24 institutions and organisations in higher education
- 20 companies
- to develop information and solidarity between its members
- to create networks and links in France and abroad in the education, research, industrial and business communities
- to promote the “Grandes Écoles” system both on a national and international scale,
- to encourage innovations in engineering and management education, to develop continuing education and research activities,
- to act as a voice with government policy-makers and the research community
- to gain international recognition for the Grandes Ecoles (qualifications, teaching, research programmes)
For more information, please visit the official website in French of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles .