EM Normandie

Over 145 years of history and innovation

To return to a few key dates in the history of EM Normandie, which has never stopped innovating to anticipate the challenges of the future.

Ever since it was founded in 1871, EM Normandie continues to innovate over time to anticipate the challenges of the future. Its rich history in continual progress positions it among the best European Business Schools.                  

Key Dates


  • Jules and Jacques Siegfried, who specialised in cotton trading, founded the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce du Havre (ESC Le Havre)


  • For the first time, ESC Le Havre programme is approved by The Ministry of National Education


  • Creation of IPER by the Le Havre Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Port Maritime du Havre and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris)


  • Creation the ESC Normandie Group by the Caen and Le Havre Chambers of Commerce


  • Creation of SUP Europe C.E.S.E.C Caen, an undergraduate programme in 3 years,  later extended to 4 years


  • The School became a member of the Schools of Management Chapter of the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE)


  • Creation of the MS Territorial Development Str@tegy


  • Creation of the MS Entrepreneurship based on the HEC Entrepreneurs pedagogical model


  • An agreement was signed with the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the HEC Paris Group to introduce the HEC Entrepreneurs teaching approach to the entire ESC Le Havre programme


  • The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education & Research conferred on the ESC Le Havre 5-year accredited programme the right to award the Master’s qualification for an initial period of 3 years


  • The ESC Normandie Group became officially the École de Management de Normandie with its own legal structure. Jean-Guy Bernard was appointed as Director General of this new institution.


  • An associate Campus was opened in Deauville
  • Creation of the MSc Tourism and Leisure Management, then followed by the MSc International Events Management in 2006
  • Creation of the Métis Research Lab
  • Creation of an Executive MBA – Managing by Project


  • Creation of the EM Normandie Grande Ecole Programme, accredited as a 5-year Master’s degree-awarding programme, through the merger of two existing programmes  (ESC Le Havre and SUP Europe).
  • Opening of the MSc Supply Chain Management


  • EM Normandie changed its status to become a private law non profit association under the 1901 Act


  • Creation of Réseau EM Normandie, the association for alumni and students of all EM Normandie programmes, renamed Association Alumni Normandie in 2017
  • State accreditation as a 5-year Master’s degree was renewed for 6 years, and the Master’s qualification for another 3 years, for the  Grande Ecole Programme
  • Opening of the Bachelor's in International Management, a state-accredited, 3-year undergraduate programme
  • Opening of the MSc Cross-Cultural Marketing & Negotiation


  • Opening of the MS Human Resource Manager


  • EM Normandie joined the Union des Grandes Ecoles Indépendantes (UGEI) as an associate member, and then as a full member on 1st September 2012
  • The MS Marketing, Communication and Agrifood Engineering, was launched in partnership with UniLaSalle, a Graduate School of Agricultural Engineering in Rouen


  • The EM Normandie was a pioneer institution for "Cordées de l'entrepreneuriat", a new social outreach scheme in favour of starting businesses in sensitive urban zones, launched at national level by the Commissioner for Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  • Launching of the Continuing Education Grande Ecole Programme, on an e-learning basis. The first experience in Europe of this type of degree at graduate level
  • A 3-year EFMD EPAS accreditation was awarded to the Grande Ecole Programme (pre-experience)
  • Grade de Master was renewed for the Grande Ecole Programme for another 4 years
  • Opening of the Post-Graduate Degree in Information Systems Management, listed in the National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP niveau I), in collaboration with the "Ecole de Management des Systèmes d'Information" at Grenoble Ecole de Management


  • The Bachelor's in International Management was accredited as a 3-year undergraduate degree for 4 years
  • EM Normandie became an active member of the Union des Grandes Ecoles Indépendantes (UGEI)


  • The BSIS (Business School Impact System) certification was delivered by the FNEGE, a scheme that measures the impact of the School on its environment
  • Opening of the Paris campus
  • Launching of  La SmartEcole®, a collaborative digital learning ecosystem within the Grande Ecole Programme
  • Creation of the "Observatoire de la pédagogie et des métiers de demain" , chaired by Paris-Dauphine University Emeritus Professor Dominique Roux, also President of Bolloré Télécom


  • The international EPAS accreditation of the EM Normandie Grande Ecole Programme  was renewed for another 5 years
  • International Accreditation by  AACSB was awarded for 5 years
  • Opening of a new campus in Oxford
  • Creation of the Institut de l'Innovation et du Développement de l'Entrepreneuriat (InsIDE)




  • Opening of the Dublin campus
  • Opening of the M2/ Master of Science Banking, Finance and FinTech
  • Launching of the MS Marketing Strategy & Business Development


  • The construction work on the new Le Havre Campus started, which will open in 2020
  • Opening of the HackUarium, the social room dedicated to the management of social network


  • The international AACSB Accreditation was renewed for another 5 years
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