You want to study in France next year. You've already met some schools but you're having trouble evaluating their real quality and identifying the elements that distinguish them from one another.
You have appreciated your participation in their Open Days and enjoyed the feeling of meeting their teams virtually, but you need more tangible elements to guide your choice. Let’s analyse together the various indicators that could help you find your future Business School.
Labels awarded to institutions
French State recognition
The best Business Schools in France are recognised by the State which proves their seriousness, the quality of their courses and their teaching staff.
When granting this recognition to a higher education institution, many criteria are evaluated, including the content of the programmes offered, the quality of the facilities and premises, the teaching staff, the integration of graduates into the labour market, the financial management of the School, etc.
The EESPIG qualification (Établissement d'Enseignement Supérieur Privé d'Intérêt), created in 2013, aims to bring together private, not-for-profit higher education establishments that have signed a contract with the State, including certain Schools of Engineering and Schools of Management and Business.
EM Normandie Graduate School of Management received its first recognition by the State in 1890 and now holds the EESPIG label awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Global recognition: international accreditations
These prestigious labels guarantee the quality of the Business Schools with regard to international standards. There are four of them:
- EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). This European label awarded by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) distinguishes schools for their teaching methods, the quality of their programmes, their capacity for innovation, their research, their links with the world of work and their international dimension. Less than 200 universities and business schools in the world hold EQUIS.
- AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This American label awarded to Graduate Schools of Business guarantees the quality of teaching, high-level supervision for students and a highly qualified teaching staff.
- AMBA (Association of MBAs). This British label is a guarantee of quality for the best MBAs (Masters of Business Administration). It can also be used for MBMs (Masters in Business and Management) and DBAs (Doctorate of Business Administration).
- EFMD Accredited. This new label from the EFMD (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) launched in August 2019 allows an EQUIS-accredited institution to focus on one of its programmes that it considers particularly strategic.
EM Normandie is one of the world's Top 1% of Business Schools with both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.
In France, being a member of the CGE (Conférence des Grandes Écoles)
This very closed circle is reserved for schools offering a Master's degree and meeting specific criteria: selectivity, research and exchange policy, quality of the teaching staff, governance, professional integration of graduates, etc.
EM Normandie Business School is a member of the Chapter of Management Schools of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE), a highly selective circle which includes only 38 of the 400 Grandes Écoles de Management in France.
Labels awarded to diplomas
In France, the visas and degrees are issued by the CEFDG (Commission d'Evaluation des Formations et Diplômes de Gestion), the only national body competent to evaluate training in this field. They guarantee the quality of the training and assure graduates that they hold a diploma recognised throughout Europe.
The visa is issued for a period of 1 to 5 years by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, to programmes that meet the conditions and only if the school providing it has obtained prior recognition by the State.
The visa guarantees the pedagogical quality of the programme. For example, when a Bachelor’s degree obtains the State's visa, it is recognized as a 3-Year diploma.
About thirty criteria are evaluated when granting a visa, including the training process, governance, human, material and financial resources, academic resources in terms of permanent professors, research activities, suitability for the job market, international openness, etc.
At EM Normandie, the Bachelor International Management programme is accredited as a “3-Year diploma” and the Master in Management is recognised as a “5-Year graduate degree”. The School has obtained these visas for the maximum duration. International students can join the Bachelor’s degree from Year 1 and the Master in Management from Year 4.
Grade de Master (Master’s degree level)
”Grade de Master” is a higher education qualification recognised at European level and granted for a period of 1 to 5 years. It officially establishes the level of the diploma at an equivalence of 5 years of higher education. It also makes easier for students to compare diplomas between European countries. It can be awarded either by private schools (Graduate Schools of Business, Engineering Schools, Architecture Schools, etc.) or by public institutions.
”Grade de Master” diplomas meet high standards and are appreciated by recruiters because students gain work-experience and benefit from an international immersion during their studies. In order to obtain a ”Grade de Master”, Schools must first comply with the visa criteria, and then meet additional criteria: international partnerships, research activities, etc.
At EM Normandie, the Master in Management programme holds both visa by the State and "Grade de Master" which it has obtained for the maximum duration: five years.
National and international rankings
Numerous rankings are published each year to establish a hierarchy between Top Business Schools in France (L'Etudiant, Le Figaro, Le Point, Le Parisien, etc.) and internationally (Challenges, The Financial Times, QS, etc.).
A Business School ranking evaluates many criteria, such as the recognition of the institution and of its programmes, the level of selectivity of applicants, academic excellence, origin of students, number of expatriations, employment rate, graduates' remuneration, international influence, etc.
Some rankings concern the Schools themselves, while others apply to the programmes offered by these Schools.
EM Normandie is in the Top 3 of the Figaro Etudiant's ranking for Business Schools accessible straight from secondary education. Its Master in Management programme is ranked in the Top 100 of the best Masters in Management worldwide by the Financial Times and QS.
The quality of the School's training offer
Finding the course that suits your career plans is a determining factor in the choice of your future School of Management.
Even if your professional objectives are still unclear at this stage, you probably have an idea of the subjects that are most appealling to you: marketing, finance, communication, logistics, supply-chain, etc. By analysing in details the programme of subjects taught, you can have an idea of the career path you are heading to and thus evaluate the quality of the teaching, the expatriation opportunities and the work-experience offered.
The EM Normandie Master in Management offers you numerous electives throughout your course as well as 19 specialisations, 10 of which are taught in English and/or are available as a work-study programme. The Bachelor International Management also offers a flexible course with 5 electives and a major in the final year.
The international outlook
Joining an International Business School gives you the opportunity to gain international experience by studying abroad and by doing international internships. Some schools also offer you the possibility of following your entire curriculum in English.
In order to evaluate a school's international outlook, you can analyse the number of years that can be undertaken internationally, the number of partner universities, the number of international students welcomed each year (and their nationalities), the number of foreign languages available and the possibility of obtaining a dual-degree abroad.
EM Normandie is a top Business School in Europe and has two international campuses (Dublin and Oxford), is a partner of more than 200 universities worldwide and offers you the possibility to take your courses 100% in English, including on its national campuses.
Preparing you for the professional world through internships and work-study programmes is also one of the advantages of Graduate Business Schools compared to other courses. Multiplying in-company experiences and projects are all elements that allow you to test your knowledge and find your way.
Above all, it is important to check the duration and frequency of internships offered during your programme and the other forms of exposure to the business world offered (missions, challenges, etc.). By studying the list of partner companies, you will get an idea of the quality of your future school's professional network. If you are planning to do part of your studies as a work-study programme, find out the duration of this course and check whether your tuition fees will be covered. Work-study programme are available for international students under specific conditions.
EM Normandie is a leader in work-study programmes with a dedicated team, an integrated business formality centre and more than 1,000 students enrolled in a work-study programme over 1 or 2 years.
Career opportunities and support
Business Schools generally make the employability of their graduates a priority. The range of courses offered must meet the needs of recruiters and guarantee the attractiveness of your profile on the job market once you leave the School. In addition, the support provided by a dedicated team throughout your studies is another distinctive feature of Business Schools. You are guided, according to your affinities and skills, in defining your professional project, in choosing your direction and in selecting your specialisations at the end of the course.
Numerous schemes are put in place to help you benefit from professional opportunities during your studies and once you are on the job market. Some schools regularly organise recruitment and internship search events based on partnerships with companies. The Alumni network is also a particular feature of Business Schools.
93% of EM Normandie graduates say they are happy in their jobs and 96% have found a job within 3 months after completing their studies.
Thanks to the EM Normandie Career Path scheme, you can benefit from personalised support to help you design a career plan that suits you and develop your attractiveness. This unique programme includes face-to-face and e-learning training, individual and group coaching sessions, co-development and feedback workshops, personal development tools and an online resource platform (job and internship offers in France and abroad, applications, tutorials, etc.).
Build your professional network by joining a school with over 5,000 students and an Alumni network of over 20,000 members worldwide. Build lasting relationships, participate in numerous events and boost your career!
The quality of the student experience
You probably dream of studying in a pleasant living environment and in a friendly atmosphere conducive to learning and personal development. The quality of the infrastructure (size and architecture of the campuses, cafeterias, sports facilities, living areas, etc.), the richness of the community life, the campuses atmosphere, the proximity to the city centre, etc. are all criteria that will favour your well-being and the quality of your student life.
Some people will be more comfortable in a town on a human scale, while others are looking for the excitement of large city centres. Some schools have campuses in different urban centres, which allows you to discover new regions but also to benefit from professional opportunities (internships, work experience, etc.) during your studies.
EM Normandie Graduate School of Business has 5 campuses in France and abroad: Caen, Le Havre, Paris, Dublin and Oxford, each with its own identity but with a unique state of mind and a rich community life of more than 100 Association’s and Citizen Projects. Or you can create your own project or get involved in an external association with the "Citizen Projects" scheme.
It is one of the few Graduate Schools of Business to have an EdTech department that works on a daily basis with teacher-researchers to develop ever more immersive and gamified teaching methods. It has 110 classrooms equipped with the latest educational technologies and adapted to all possible scenarios: face-to-face, distance learning or twinning.
For the start of the 2021 school year, discover the Xperience Rooms, spaces for increasing digital skills with a fabLab, a learningLab and an immersive room.
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