emlyon business school

A unique and deeply rooted business school

The school hosts 9,050 undergraduate and postgraduate programs for students from 125 different nationalities, and of 6,900+ senior managers on executive development programs. It operates now on different campuses with a network of 200 international academic partners and a community of 41,700 alumni in over 130 countries. Throughout its history, the school has remained true to its origins: entrepreneurial, innovative, and humanist.

The teaching model: early makers since 1872

emlyon business school’s mission is to reveal “makers”, actors of the transformation who can anticipate, straddle frontiers, build and contribute positively, learn how to take action, and bring values in their collaborative approach. The “maker” notion mirrors emlyon business school’s vision of what is an entrepreneur, someone who tries, experiments, makes mistakes, starts again, learns as he goes along. Our students may develop such skills within the framework of the next generation pedagogy, associating academic research of excellence and innovating learning tracks.

Rankings and accreditations

emlyon business school was founded in 1872 by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is a private higher-education establishment recognized by the French State. It is one of the oldest business schools in Europe. emlyon is among the 1% of global business schools to be accredited by the three main international accreditation systems: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. As such, it merits its status as a global-ranking school of business and management.

Rankings and accreditations

  • 3 international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB
  • 2nd in France Times Higher Education world ranking for employability (2023-2024)
  • 4th in France Master in Management - Financial Times (2023)
  • 3rd in France Social and environmental commitment - ChangeNOW and Les Echos Start (2023)

The Faculty

emlyon business school's faculty comprises highly-qualified professors and researchers working in our research centers. They take on social and economic challenges through papers published in the most prestigious international academic journals and in wide publications. Their expertise covers a very broad spectrum, ranging from artificial intelligence to the social sciences and entrepreneurship.

Faculty members are united by a common desire to generate the theoretical and practical answers to the major issues of the 21st century. This mindset is the keystone of the academic vision promoted by the school.


Gerland: A campus in the heart of the city by 2024

In the run-up to its 150th anniversary, emlyon business school was keen to craft a place of education in keeping with its history and prestige, addressing the current upheavals in technology and society, and continuously adapting to the uncertain changes that will be the hallmark of the next few decades. This new campus will open for the Fall 2024 intake.

Find out more about the campus here