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EM Normandie 26 / 04 / 2021

EM Normandie’s rapid growth

When our prestigious School opened its doors in 1871, the first intake consisted of 26 students from all over France, and some from Algeria, eager to learn the inner workings of global trade. And the School’s close proximity to the Port of Le Havre made it the ideal location for learning about maritime transport. The course was clearly popular, as the following year, 43 students from Spain, Poland and the United States joined ESC Le Havre.
In 1902, we introduced a competitive entrance exam: 45 places were available. By this point, diversity and cultural richness were already part of our DNA.

Six decades later, 160 students were training at the School, enjoying all the more innovative teaching practices and fostering a stronger community spirit than ever before. This community spirit would continue to develop in an institution where numbers rose to 750 promising learners 30 years on. New links established between the cities of Caen and Le Havre, illustrated in particular by the creation of the Post-Baccalaureate SUP EUROPE CESEC course, have played a key role in the School’s rapid growth.

Fast forward to 2004. This was the year that the two entities of Le Havre and Caen merged, and the adventure of the École de Management de Normandie (Normandy School of Management) began. More courses were now being offered, attracting students from all over the world and different academic backgrounds.

In 2007, the School celebrated a symbolic milestone, reaching the 1,000 students mark. Two years later, this figure had climbed to 1,500. I don't know if you are as good at mental arithmetic as I am, but that means we multiplied our student number by 7 in 30 years! And this was only a sneak preview of the spectacular growth that our School was set to experience in the years that followed.

A growing number of students were drawn to EM Normandie’s impressive facilities and new campuses: the Paris campus opened in 2013, followed by Oxford in 2014 and Dublin in 2017, while Caen was extended in 2016 and the brand new Le Havre campus welcomed learners in 2020. Along with this growth the School has experienced a gradual increase in the number of permanent members of staff, specialisms and partner universities, all of which have enabled us to offer students a richer educational experience.

And guess what? The EM Normandie community now has more than 5,000 students across Caen, Le Havre, Paris, Dublin and Oxford. What’s more, they are members of the EM Normandie Alumni Association, our large network of students and graduates with more than 20,000 members. Onwards and upwards EM Normandie!

2006: EM Normandie’s Master in Management is launched!

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2005: The Métis Laboratory is born

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2004: The ESC Normandie Group becomes the École de Management de Normandie (EM Normandie Business School)

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1937: What does the entrance examination for ESC Le Havre look like?

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Graduation ceremony
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Theater club on the Caen campus
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Courses in amphitheater on the Le Havre campus
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Integration days on the Le Havre campus
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