Accreditations and certifications

There are many Business Schools in existence today, as there are national and international accreditations and certifications that help students make an informed-decision about where to study. Accreditations and certifications are important as they:

  • guarantee that higher education institutions adhere to high quality standards based on the latest research and best professional practice;
  • ensure that standards are not just maintained, but also developed and improved by operatingregular review cycles;
  • contribute to the recognition of qualifications and students’ employability and competitiveness on the job market.

An explanation of the Groupe ESC Clermont’s various accreditations, visas and hallmarks is set forth below:

Groupe ESC Clermont is a state-recognised School since its creation in 1919.

The French Ministry of Education recognises some private institutions when it considers that they assist the public education service. Groupe ESC Clermont, a consular establishment when it was founded in 1919, immediately obtained state recognition for an indefinite period. This recognition certifies the legitimacy and the reliability of our Business School as a Higher Education establishment. This recognition concerns the entire School and all its programmes, and is an essential prerequisite for requesting visas and master grades recognitions.

The Bachelor programme and “Grande Ecole” programme (Graduate Management Programme) at Groupe ESC Clermont are respectively certified Bac+3 and Bac+5 (+3 and +5 years post- Baccalaureate) and registered in the RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles [National Directory of Professional Certification]) as level II and I.

A visa is granted to a specific higher education programme and not to all the School’s programmes. An application must be submitted for each programme. It is issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation and Research, following consultation with the CEFDG (Commission d’évaluation des formations et des diplômes de gestion – National Commission for the Evaluation of Training and Qualifications in Management). The visa certifies both the validity of the degree and its level. The Ministry of Higher Education is extremely vigilant when attributing visas.

The application requesting a visa gives a comprehensive overview of the organisation of the establishment, its social policy, its teaching faculty, its research activity, its international perspective, and the professional integration of its graduates…

Important: only the visa issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research authorises an establishment to grant a degree.
If you are studying on a certified programme, you are entitled to a Crous grant and access to a room in a Crous halls of residence. (Crous is a regional organisation providing student grants, university halls of residence, reception services for foreign students, student’s cultural activities, and student restaurants) A degree certified as bac+3 (or bac+4) allows you to pursue a university master course, or a master-level programme in a business school.

A certified higher education programme is, in its own right, registered in the RNCP. The list of certified degrees can be consulted on the CEFDG website. The RNCP title recognises the relevance and coherence of skills acquired on a higher education programmes in relation to the job market. It therefore quarantees the  link between programmes and different professions.

Groupe ESC Clermont’s Grand Ecole Programme has the rank of master

The rank of master is issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, following consultation with the CEFDG (The National Commission for the Evaluation of Training and Qualifications in Management).

The rank of master is a label of rigour, which only relates to bac+5 degree programmes. Institutions offering master programmes are assessed on the same criteria as the visa, but the level of requirement is higher in terms of research, the courses offered by tenured professors, and exposure to international exchanges. It is synonymous with a high level of professional and academic expertise.

Finally, given that the master level is internationally recognised, it is supposed to facilitate continuing education and international job applications. Be aware that the rank of master is not automatically attributed to a bac+5 course, even if it issues a degree certified by the Ministry of Education.

The rank of master ensures European and international-level exposure.
Only around forty business schools in France issue a master-level bac+5 degree. The list can be consulted on the CEFDG website.

Groupe ESC Clermont is AACSB accredited

The AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is an American accreditation that includes 761 accredited institutions in 52 countries. The AACSB accreditation assesses the quality of a business school. The accreditation is granted for 5 years, following several reports and audits carried out at the school by a peer review team. It relates to all the programmes offered by the school. The main criteria are the faculty’s academic standards (60% of professors must be teachers-researchers), the scale of resources deployed and the relevance of the pedagogical approach.

The AACSB accreditation is a symbol of excellence in France, and only awarded to top graduate management schools. It guarantees excellent teaching, proper student guidance and a distinguished faculty. It is important to note that many schools are members of the AACSB association without actually being accredited.

Groupe ESC Clermont is a membre de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles(non-profit association of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities).

Groupe ESC Clermont is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) is an association (by decree of 1901) of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities, all recognised by the State, issuing a post-baccalaureate master degree of at least five years in length as well as, in certain cases, a national diploma.

The CGE, accredits its members’ educational programmes (Specialised Masters ®, MSc, BADGE), and uses its quality label to guarantee that these programmes meet the expectations of employers and the needs of the business world. In partnership with the public authorities, economic players and civil society, it promotes the excellence, development and influence of all forms of higher education and research institutions both in France and abroad.

Groupe ESC Clermont is a member of the AGERA

The Alliance des Grandes Écoles Rhône-Alpes Auvergne (Alliance of prestigious French graduate management schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) brings together 40 graduate management schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region or approximately 33,000 students (12% of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes student population).

The AGERA is one of the most important alliances of business schools in France. Its responsibilities are two-fold:

  • Representing all business schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region when liaising with the community, public authorities and regional, national and international bodies.
  • Proposing to its members, topics for debate, knowledge sharing, partnerships and pooling of resources.

The diversity of represented courses: engineering, management, architecture, drama, political science…, is a great asset, as there are numerous requirements for knowledge sharing from one family of schools to another, and also for the establishment of partnerships.

Groupe ESC Clermont is a founding member of the EMBS consortium

The EMBS Net consortium (European Management & Business Sciences Network) today numbers 16 European higher education establishments (Universities and Business Schools). Groupe ESC Clermont presided this network between 1998 and 2014 and since September 2014 it is responsible for its legal counsel and treasury operations.

Groupe ESC Clermont is an active member of the NIBES network

The NIBES (Network of International Business and Economic Schools) numbers 20 Business and Economics Schools spanning over 5 continents, including Groupe ESC Clermont which was responsible for its legal counsel until 2013 and involves avec 5 000 Alumni in student mobility programmes since 1996.

Groupe ESC Clermont is member of EFMD

EFMD is one of the key business schools networks in the world and being part of the network brings many opportunities for faculty & student exchanges, knowledge sharing and collaboration.