emlyon business school

A unique and deeply rooted business school

The School hosts 9,050 students representing 125 nationalities in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, along with nearly 6,900 participants in executive education programs. The School counts 6 campuses around the world: Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Paris, Shanghai, Bhubaneswar and Mumbai. It draws on a network of 200 international academic partners and leads a community of 41,700 alumni in 130 different countries.

The teaching model: early makers since 1872

emlyon's distinctive academic signature early makers molds learning into a lifelong endeavor to have an impact on the world and offers a real alternative in its environment. It sees learning as not only a transfer of academic knowledge but also a "course of learning experiences" that equips students to forge a constant link between thought and action: "doing to learn, learning to do".

Through these collective and individual learning experiences, emlyon has set out to train responsible managers capable of taking up the challenges of today and tomorrow. This general-interest calling lies at the heart of the school's identity and has been written into its articles of association since July 2021 when it transitioned to the status of a benefit corporation.

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
  • No. 2 in France Times Higher Education world ranking for employability (2022)
  • n°4 in France Master in Management - Financial Times (2023)
  • n°3 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