With campuses in France, Singapore and Morocco, ESSEC Business School has established itself as a multipolar academic institution which encourages a convergence of cultures, an exchange of talent and promotes the flow of ideas. Within the scope of its internationalization strategy, ESSEC is opening a representative office in London.
The creation of an office in London is perfectly aligned with ESSEC’s 3i strategic plan which encompasses three major axes: innovation, involvement and internationalization. Establishing a representative office in London is testimony to the already-existing strong ties ESSEC holds with the United Kingdom. A leading global metropolis in business, education and finance, London is home to more than 2,000 ESSEC alumni – the largest destination for ESSEC graduates – and has welcomed more than 500 ESSEC interns over the past few years.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School states, “Internationalization is an ever-present and strategic aspect of our institution: it plays an integral part of the ESSEC experience. We pride ourselves on facilitating international experiences and exchanges for the members of the ESSEC community so they are better able to understand the culture and economy of various regions. Within this context, opening an office in London marks a key milestone in our international development.”
The objective of the ESSEC London office is to enhance corporate and academic partnerships, support student recruitment activities and strengthen the alumni community.
The five developmental axes include:
• Academic Development: Initiate new partnerships and double degree programs with leading, local universities and academic institutions.
• Corporate Relations: Develop corporate partnerships and enhance the recognition of ESSEC’s programs.
• Recruitment Initiatives: Increase the number of students and executive education participants coming from the UK.
• Alumni Network: Develop and strengthen the alumni community in the UK in cooperation with the ESSEC Alumni Association and the ESSEC Foundation.
• Executive Education: Enhance the executive education programs in London through partnerships with UK institutions.
The ESSEC London office is located right in the city center, on Haymarket Street, a few feet from the Piccadilly Circus Underground Station.
The office is managed by a team of three people:
- Professor Geneviève Helleringer, MSC (Oxford & ESSEC), JD (Columbia, NY), Doct (Sorbonne), an expert in financial regulation, contracts for entrepreneurs and behavioral law and economics is also a fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, oversees operations;
- Séverine Jauffret, Director of International Development, is responsible for coordinating all activities for and between the representative offices;
- Auriane Thomasset serves as the International Development Officer.
According to Professor Helleringer, “The development of synergies with our international campuses is a main priority at ESSEC. At the new office, our team will be dedicated to bringing to fruition concrete developments in London and the UK.”
The addition of the London office extends the existing network of representative offices that already includes Beijing, Mumbai, Tokyo and Brussels.