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150 years of history and innovation

To return to a few key dates in the history of EM Normandie, which has never stopped innovating to anticipate the challenges of the future.

Ever since it was founded in 1871, EM Normandie continues to innovate over time to anticipate the challenges of the future. Its rich history in continual progress positions it among the best French and international Business Schools.                  

Key Dates


  • Jules and Jacques Siegfried, who specialised in cotton trading, founded the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce du Havre (ESC Le Havre)


  • For the first time, ESC Le Havre programme is approved by The Ministry of National Education


  • Creation of IPER by the Le Havre Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Port Maritime du Havre and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris)


  • Creation the ESC Normandie Group by the Caen and Le Havre Chambers of Commerce


  • Creation of SUP Europe C.E.S.E.C Caen, an undergraduate programme in 3 years, later extended to 4 years


  • The School became a member of the Schools of Management Chapter of the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE)


  • Creation of the MS Development, Innovations and Territorial Strategy renamed MS Territorial Development Str@tegy


  • Creation of the MS Entrepreneurship based on the HEC Entrepreneurs pedagogical model


  • An agreement was signed with the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the HEC Paris Group to introduce the HEC Entrepreneurs teaching approach to the entire ESC Le Havre programme


  • The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation conferred on the ESC Le Havre 5-year accredited programme the right to award the Master’s qualification for an initial period of 3 years


  • The ESC Normandie Group became officially the École de Management de Normandie with its own legal structure. Jean-Guy Bernard was appointed as Director General of this new institution.


  • An associate campus was opened in Deauville
  • Creation of the MSc Tourism and Leisure Management
  • Creation of the Métis Laboratory
  • Creation of an Executive MBA – Managing by Project


  • Creation of the EM Normandie Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole), accredited as a 5-year Master’s degree-awarding programme, through the merger of two existing programmes  (ESC Le Havre and SUP Europe).
  • Creation of the MSc International Events Management
  • Creation of the MSc Supply Chain Management


  • EM Normandie changed its status to become a private law non profit association under the 1901 Act


  • Creation of EM Normandie network, the association for alumni and students of all EM Normandie programmes, renamed Association Alumni Normandie in 2017
  • State accreditation as a 5-year Master’s degree was renewed for 6 years, and the Master’s qualification for another 3 years, for the Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole)
  • Creation of the Bachelor's Degree in International Management, a state-accredited, 3-year undergraduate programme
  • Creation of the MSc Cross-Cultural Marketing & Negotiation renamed MSc International Marketing and Business Development


  • Opening of the MS Human Resource Manager


  • EM Normandie joined the Union des Grandes Ecoles Indépendantes (UGEI) as an associate member, and then as a full member on 1st September 2012
  • The MS Marketing, Communication and Agrifood Engineering, was launched in partnership with UniLaSalle, a Graduate School of Agricultural Engineering in Rouen


  • The EM Normandie was a pioneer institution for "Cordées de l'entrepreneuriat", a social outreach scheme in favour of starting businesses in sensitive urban zones, launched at a national level by the Commissioner for Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  • Launching of the Executive Education Master in Management, on an e-learning basis. The first experience in Europe of this type for a degree at a graduate level
  • A 3-year EFMD EPAS accreditation was awarded to the Master in Management
  • Grade de Master was renewed by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for 4 years on the Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole) 
  • Creation of the Post-Graduate Degree in Information Systems Management, in collaboration with Grenoble School of Management


  • The Bachelor's Degree in International Management was accredited as a 3-year undergraduate degree for 4 years
  • EM Normandie became an active member of the Union des Grandes Ecoles Indépendantes (UGEI)


  • The BSIS (Business School Impact System) certification was delivered by EFMD, a scheme that measures the impact of the School on its environment
  • Opening of the Paris campus
  • Launching of "SmartEcole®", a collaborative digital learning ecosystem within the Master in Management
  • Creation of the "Observatory of Pedagogy and Tomorrow's Professions"


  • The international EPAS accreditation delivered by EFMD was renewed for 5 years to the EM Normandie Master in Management 
  • International Accreditation by  AACSB was awarded for 5 years
  • Opening of a new campus in Oxford
  • Creation of the Institute for Innovation and the Development of Entrepreneurship (InsIDE)


  • Opening of the Container, the digital ‘canteen’ in Le Havre, co-founded by EM Normandie and CODAH, CCI Le Havre, Club TIC Normandie and LHackadémie
  • The 5-year master’s accreditation and the Grade Master were renewed for the EM Normandie Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole)


  • EFMD EQUIS accreditation was awarded for 3 years
  • Opening of the MS Start-up and digital development
  • Inauguration of the Caen Campus extension
  • 3-year undergraduate accreditation was renewed for the Bachelor's Degree in International Management for another 5 years


  • Opening of the Dublin campus
  • Creation of the M2/ Master of Science Banking, Finance and FinTech
  • Creation of the MS Marketing Strategy & Business Development


  • The construction work on the new Le Havre Campus started, which will open in 2020
  • Opening of the HackUarium, the social room dedicated to the management of social network


  • The international AACSB Accreditation was renewed for another 5 years
  • The international EQUIS Accreditation was renewed for another 3 years
  • Launching of LH Valley in partnership with Normandie Université and Les Entrep', with the support of the urban community Le Havre Seine Métropole
  • Signature of a partnership agreement with EdTech France. EM Normandie became a committed partner member of the association


  • Elian Pilvin is appointed Dean of EM Normandie. He succeeds Jean-Guy Bernard, who has been Dean since 2004.
  • Evolution of the Master of Science Banking, Finance and FinTech into a MSc, following its accreditation by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
  • Creation of the MSc Financial Data Management
  • Creation of the MSc Marketing and Digital in Luxury and Lifestyle
  • Creation of the MS Supply Chain, Logistics and Innovation
  • The 5-year master’s accreditation and the Grade Master were renewed for the EM Normandie Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole)
Isabelle DALLE
Director of Le Havre Campus & Director of Media Relations
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