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Skema Business School

SKEMA Business School
Issued from CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille merger
Motto At Home Worldwide
Established 2009
Type Grande École
Dean Alice Guilhon
Academic staff 166
Students 6,400 (27,000 alumni)[1]
Location France:
Paris, Lille, Sophia Antipolis

Raleigh, NC



Bresil (2015)
Affiliations EQUIS & AACSB
Conférence des Grandes écoles
University of Lille
Mines ParisTech

SKEMA Business School is a school created by the merger of two French schools, CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille in 2009.[2] The school offers bachelors, masters, MBA,[3] doctoral and executive education programs in China, France, Morocco and, since 2010, in the US.[4] The school is ranked 27th in the Financial Times Master in Management 2012 ranking. The Master of Financial Markets & Investments is ranked 10th worldwide [1].


  • History 1
  • SKEMA today 2
    • Goals 2.1
    • Campuses 2.2
      • Paris campus 2.2.1
      • Lille campus 2.2.2
      • Sophia Antipolis campus 2.2.3
  • Programmes 3
    • Doctoral Programmes 3.1
    • MBA Programme 3.2
    • MSc Programmes 3.3
  • Rankings 4
  • Accreditations and certifications 5
    • Academic accreditations and networks 5.1
    • Professional certifications 5.2
  • Notable Alumni 6
  • Student societies 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The merger between CERAM Business School[5] and ESC L

  • International official website
  • French official website

External links

  1. ^ "Skema défend son modèle" by Les Echos
  2. ^ "Schools merger finalised" by the Financial Times
  3. ^ "Unique selling point: ESC Lille" by the Times Online
  4. ^ "Skema Business School se présente au public" by (in French)
  5. ^ "Sun, sea and school" by the Financial Times
  6. ^ "Le CERAM Business School et l'ESC Lille donnent naissance a la SKEMA Business School " by (in French)
  7. ^ "News from the schools, July 2009" by The Economist
  8. ^ "Pour se maintenir dans les classements internationaux, les écoles de commerce françaises doivent être présentes sur les cinq continents" by Capital
  9. ^ "Alice Guilhon : Skema vise 100 millions de budget en 2015" by Observatoire Boivigny
  10. ^ "Skema met en avant son bilan" by e-orientations
  11. ^ "Skema opens campus in US, May 2010" by the Financial Times
  12. ^ "European business schools opening U.S. campuses" by USA Today
  13. ^ "Skema, une business school qui se veut differente" by Les Echos (in French)
  14. ^ "Pour se maintenir dans les classements internationaux, les écoles de commerce françaises doivent être présentes sur les cinq continents" by Capital
  15. ^ "ESC Lille : 4 000 m2 de nouveaux locaux pour 13 millions d’euros" by
  16. ^ "Rapprochement de l'ESC Lille et de Lille 2 au sein du Collegium Lille - Nord de France" by La Voix Eco
  17. ^ "Sophia : le campus CERAM prend forme" by
  18. ^ "SKEMA Business School et Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence partenaires!" by
  19. ^ "PhD" by SKEMA Business School
  20. ^ "MBA" by SKEMA Business School
  21. ^ "Masters of Science" by SKEMA Business School
  22. ^ "Master in management 2009" by the Financial Times
  23. ^ "Master in management 2010" by the Financial Times
  24. ^ "Master in management 2011" by the Financial Times
  25. ^ "Master in management 2012" by the Financial Times
  26. ^ "Master in Finance Pre-experience" by the Financial Times
  27. ^ "Master in Finance Pre-experience 2012" by the Financial Times
  28. ^ "Master in Finance Pre-experience 2012" by the Financial Times
  29. ^ "[4]
  30. ^ "European Business School Ranking 2010" by the Financial Times
  31. ^ "European Business School Ranking 2011" by the Financial Times
  32. ^ "European Business School Ranking 2012" by the Financial Times
  33. ^ "in management 2010" by the Financial Times
  34. ^ "Master in management 2011" by the Financial Times
  35. ^ "Master in management 2012" by the Financial Times
  36. ^ "in management 2010" by the Financial Times
  37. ^ "Master in management 2011" by the Financial Times
  38. ^ "Master in management 2012" by the Financial Times
  39. ^ "in management 2010" by the Financial Times
  40. ^ "Master in management 2011" by the Financial Times
  41. ^ "Master in management 2012" by the Financial Times
  42. ^ "Alice Guilhon : Skema vise 100 millions de budget en 2015" by Observatoire Boivigny
  43. ^ "EIASM Members" by EIASM
  44. ^ "EUDOKMA partners" by EUDOKMA
  45. ^ "New accelerated Masters degree partnership between CIMA and leading French business school" by CIMA Global
  46. ^ "APM accredited universities" by APM
  47. ^ "Directory of PMI GAC Accredited Degrees" by PMI
  48. ^ [5]" SKEMA website - student societies" by SKEMA website
  49. ^ [6] "Invest in French Riviera information website - article on the merge of the two Junior Entreprise" by Invest on Cote d'azur
  50. ^ [7] "website of the Junior Entreprise" by Skema Conseil
  51. ^ [8]


AIESEC develops leadership capabilities through internal leadership programmes and engages students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programmes for profit and non-profit organisations. The AIESEC network includes over 50,000 members in 110 countries and territories, making it the largest youth-run organisation in the world. AIESEC has offices in the Lille and Sophia-Antipolis campuses.

Skema Conseil is a Junior Entreprise, student consultancy society, providing services to entrepreuners and firms. The society is present on Sophia Antipolis (French Riviera), Paris and Lille.[49][50] SKEMA Conseil was elected "Best Junior Entreprise of 2012" [51]

65 student societies are present in the Business School, in the fields of art, culture, business, environment, humanitarian and social aid, high tech, sport, student life, and international.[48]

Student societies

Notable Alumni

In project management SKEMA offers degrees certified by the Association for Project Management,[46] and the Project Management Institute[47]

In finance and accounting SKEMA is partner of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offers certified degrees.[45]

Professional certifications

In research both CERAM Business School and ESC Lille are members of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).[43] Furthermore CERAM Business School is a member of EUDOKMA (European Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management).[44]

As of 2014, SKEMA Business School is part of the 3% of business schools worldwide accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB bodies. The school aims at being accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2015.[42]

Academic accreditations and networks

Accreditations and certifications

Ranking institution Variables 2010 2011 2012
Financial Times International student (%) 22[33] 23[34] 25[35]
Financial Times International faculty (%) 38[36] 36[37] 38[38]
Financial Times PhD Faculty (%) 66[39] 75[40] 75[41]

Based on the ranking Master in Management a few variables can be followed through the years:

Ranking institution Ranking name Ranking area 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Financial Times Master in Management World 29th[23] 32nd[24] 27th[25]
Financial Times Master in Finance Pre-experience World 1000 9th[26] 12th[27] 10th[28] 10th[29]
Financial Times European Business School Europe 54th[30] 57th[31] 53rd[32]1000

For their last pre-merger ranking, the CERAM Business School and the ESC Lille were respectively ranked 23rd and 17th in the 2009 Financial Times ranking for Master in management.[22]


The MSc in Management is the flagship programme of the school. It is taught in English over three years (French is possible for the first year) and welcomes international students, including those without prior undergraduate education. Those with two-years and three-years degrees (or more) can join the programme at an advanced level. The first two years focuses on business fundamentals, internships, and projects. The last year is aimed at acquiring one of the specializations. Other options are international exchanges, apprenticeship and double skills programmes.

The MSc programme is offered in 14 specializations.[21] These programmes are taught in English over two semesters and are aimed at candidates with a four-years or three-years undergraduate degree and professional experience. Depending on the specialization one of the semester can be spent abroad in an international exchange at a SKEMA partner institution.

MSc Programmes

SKEMA Business School offers a modular MBA which can be followed either full-time in 12 months or part-time in 24 months.[20] It consists of mandatory courses and a specialization in one of 10 fields offered. The MBA is accredited by the Project Management Institute and the Association for Project Management and depending on the chosen specialization it prepares for other professional certifications such as the one offered by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). The MBA is taught in English in Paris and is aimed at professionals with a minimum of 3 years experience.

MBA Programme

SKEMA offers two Ph.D programmes taught in English: the International Ph.D in Management Science and the Ph.D in Strategy, Programme and Project Management.[19] The International Ph.D in Management Science offers the opportunity to work with scholars from Copenhagen Business School, Trinity College, Dublin, IAE Aix-en-Provence and to access research networks such as EUDOKMA. The Ph.D in Strategy, Programme and Project Management focuses the research on industry issues.

Doctoral Programmes


The Sophia Antipolis campus is located in the technology park of that name in the southeast of France. Companies such as Capgemini, Accenture and Schneider Electric are near the school. New buildings for student accommodation, classes and societies are being built.[17] A partnership with Science Po Aix to offer joint-programmes, enabling business students to study political sciences.[18]

Sophia Antipolis campus

The Lille campus is located in the Euralille business district and close to the EuraTechnologies [2] and Eurasanté [3] technology parks in the north of France. The Lille campus gathers more than 2,200 students over 16,000 m2. Its latest addition is a tower opened in 2009.[15] A partnership has been established with the Lille 2 University of Health and Law to develop joint-programmes and gather the institutions research efforts in the Lille School of Management Research Center.[16]

Lille campus

The Paris campus is located in La Défense, Europe's largest purpose-built business district and a major business district near Paris.

Paris campus

SKEMA has opened several international campuses to give its students an international experience. It has three sites in France in Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis near Nice and two sites in China (Suzhou) and Morocco (Casablanca). In January 2011, a new campus opened in Raleigh, North Carolina in cooperation with North Carolina State University.[11][12] Several new campuses are envisioned in Brazil (located in São Paulo with an inauguration planned for 2015), Australia, India (Bangalore) and Russia.[13][14] Lille and Sophia Antipolis campuses are the historic locations of the ESC Lille and CERAM Business School.


It plans to establish a student body of 8,000 by the end of 2015, to be accredited AMBA in 2015 and to reach a €100M budget (€62M in 2012) and a 50% share of international students (35% in 2012) by 2015.[8][9][10]

The school is now the largest French business school in number of students (6,400), second in number of teachers (166) and fifth in terms of budget.[7]


SKEMA today

. The school name, SKEMA, is derived from the Greek, skhêma (shape, figure, formation of an object) meaning schema in Latin. It also stands for the initial letters of "School of Knowledge Economy and Management". Chamber of Commerce and in 1892 by Lille Chamber of Commerce were respectively founded in 1963 by the French Riviera ESC Lille CERAM Business School and [6]

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