Toulouse's ESEC in Barcelona?


sally
There has been a lot of talk about the top Spanish business schools.. and the not so great ones.

But what about ESEC in Barcelona? I haven't heard anyone mention that school on here. I saw it on the list of schools that are triple accredited: AMBA, Equis and AACSB on Wikipedia... is it incorrect? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_accreditation )

It appears they offer a "master of international business" and not an "MBA" per se. But it must be pretty similar to an MBA if it has AMBA accrediation -- right?

Here is their Web site (translated from Spanish to English):
translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http:?

It is apparently a branch of the Toulouse business school in France. Here is the Toulouse Web site page about ESEC (in English):

www.esc-toulouse.fr/en/p445_221/.html

Was just wondering if anyone had any perspective on it.. wondering if I should look into the program more.. the amount of information in English on the Web is limited..
There has been a lot of talk about the top Spanish business schools.. and the not so great ones.

But what about ESEC in Barcelona? I haven't heard anyone mention that school on here. I saw it on the list of schools that are triple accredited: AMBA, Equis and AACSB on Wikipedia... is it incorrect? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_accreditation )

It appears they offer a "master of international business" and not an "MBA" per se. But it must be pretty similar to an MBA if it has AMBA accrediation -- right?

Here is their Web site (translated from Spanish to English):
translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http:?

It is apparently a branch of the Toulouse business school in France. Here is the Toulouse Web site page about ESEC (in English):

www.esc-toulouse.fr/en/p445_221/.html

Was just wondering if anyone had any perspective on it.. wondering if I should look into the program more.. the amount of information in English on the Web is limited..
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sally
Nobody has heard of this?!

I don't know why I didn't post this web site before: www.esec.es

It's in both Spanish or English, just have to select English from the drop-down menu on the upper right.

I also found this interesting article that has reviews of IE, ESEC and IESE:
http://www.independent.co.uk/student/postgraduate/mbas-guide/mbas-abroad-810161.html

Here is what they had to say about ESEC:

ESC Toulouse, which also boasts triple accreditation, has had a strong presence in the city since 1995, when it located a secondary campus there in partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce, named ESEC. Toulouse is renowned for its aerospace MBA ? the city is the home of Airbus ? but the decision to form ESEC showed its ambition: it aimed to extend the school?s reach, making it more European and less provincial. The success of ESEC has prompted Toulouse to create yet another campus in Barcelona, which is due to open later this year. Student numbers will triple, from 150 to around 500. It is a major statement of intent by the French school, which appears keen to grow as rapidly as possible. The aim is not to displace either IESE or ESADE: instead it is to become a premier European school, not a Spanish one. The school?s two-year, fulltime Masters in management will cost ?15,580.


?We?re teaching our courses in Castilian rather than Catalan, the local language,? says Dr Hervé Gasiglia, director of ESC Toulouse, ?because our target is the international market of Latin America.? Taken with the surrounding area, Barcelona has a population of around four million, much bigger than Toulouse. ?Only today I was told that in Europe the sexiest towns are London, then Paris, then Barcelona,? says Gasiglia. ?In strategic terms, maybe in 10 years this will take precedence over the Toulouse campus.? ESC?s new base in Barcelona, squashed into the ground floor of an unimposing building in the heart of the ancient Barri Gotic orGothic Quarter, could not be more different from the lush suburban headquarters of IESE and ESADE.


Toulouse has set out to train students, not impress existing executives: the gleaming interiors and state-of the- art teaching equipment suggest it will succeed. But Gasiglia is under no illusions about the scale of the task. ?By international standards we are small: we are not a Harvard. We are very aware that we?ll have to go step by step to get up to those standards. It?s really an international strategy ? we?re less interested in developing the Spanish market ? and we know it will take time. But a lot of our alumni are already based here, and have good links with big companies.? ESC Toulouse is not the first institution to arrive in Barcelona with dreams of expansion. Chicago Business School moved here in 1995 but relocated to London after 10 years. Whether or not Toulouse will follow in Chicago?s footsteps is a matter for speculation, but at the moment the school looks fully committed to Barcelona. And walking alongside Hervé Gasiglia through the Gothic splendour of the Old City, it is easy to see why. ?This is such a beautiful city,? he says.
Nobody has heard of this?!

I don't know why I didn't post this web site before: www.esec.es

It's in both Spanish or English, just have to select English from the drop-down menu on the upper right.

I also found this interesting article that has reviews of IE, ESEC and IESE:
http://www.independent.co.uk/student/postgraduate/mbas-guide/mbas-abroad-810161.html

Here is what they had to say about ESEC:

ESC Toulouse, which also boasts triple accreditation, has had a strong presence in the city since 1995, when it located a secondary campus there in partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce, named ESEC. Toulouse is renowned for its aerospace MBA ? the city is the home of Airbus ? but the decision to form ESEC showed its ambition: it aimed to extend the school?s reach, making it more European and less provincial. The success of ESEC has prompted Toulouse to create yet another campus in Barcelona, which is due to open later this year. Student numbers will triple, from 150 to around 500. It is a major statement of intent by the French school, which appears keen to grow as rapidly as possible. The aim is not to displace either IESE or ESADE: instead it is to become a premier European school, not a Spanish one. The school?s two-year, fulltime Masters in management will cost ?15,580.


?We?re teaching our courses in Castilian rather than Catalan, the local language,? says Dr Hervé Gasiglia, director of ESC Toulouse, ?because our target is the international market of Latin America.? Taken with the surrounding area, Barcelona has a population of around four million, much bigger than Toulouse. ?Only today I was told that in Europe the sexiest towns are London, then Paris, then Barcelona,? says Gasiglia. ?In strategic terms, maybe in 10 years this will take precedence over the Toulouse campus.? ESC?s new base in Barcelona, squashed into the ground floor of an unimposing building in the heart of the ancient Barri Gotic orGothic Quarter, could not be more different from the lush suburban headquarters of IESE and ESADE.


Toulouse has set out to train students, not impress existing executives: the gleaming interiors and state-of the- art teaching equipment suggest it will succeed. But Gasiglia is under no illusions about the scale of the task. ?By international standards we are small: we are not a Harvard. We are very aware that we?ll have to go step by step to get up to those standards. It?s really an international strategy ? we?re less interested in developing the Spanish market ? and we know it will take time. But a lot of our alumni are already based here, and have good links with big companies.? ESC Toulouse is not the first institution to arrive in Barcelona with dreams of expansion. Chicago Business School moved here in 1995 but relocated to London after 10 years. Whether or not Toulouse will follow in Chicago?s footsteps is a matter for speculation, but at the moment the school looks fully committed to Barcelona. And walking alongside Hervé Gasiglia through the Gothic splendour of the Old City, it is easy to see why. ?This is such a beautiful city,? he says.

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Thanks for that info, I'm going to look into that school. I think the reason that you don't hear much about it is that it's not really an MBA program, and because of that doesn't get ranked or profiled along with the other strictly MBA programs. Kind of sad really because it looks quality. I wonder though, it's not being a true MBA, do you think that would hurt future job prospects?
Thanks for that info, I'm going to look into that school. I think the reason that you don't hear much about it is that it's not really an MBA program, and because of that doesn't get ranked or profiled along with the other strictly MBA programs. Kind of sad really because it looks quality. I wonder though, it's not being a true MBA, do you think that would hurt future job prospects?
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sally
I guess it depends on the type of job.
Also, I wonder if Toulouse might add an MBA to its Barcelona campus. It sounds like they are increasing the size, and therefore you'd think they'd increase the types of programs/classes offered. The article above was written a year or so ago, so you'd think they may have made some progress since then!
I guess it depends on the type of job.
Also, I wonder if Toulouse might add an MBA to its Barcelona campus. It sounds like they are increasing the size, and therefore you'd think they'd increase the types of programs/classes offered. The article above was written a year or so ago, so you'd think they may have made some progress since then!
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I would hope so? I haven't heard of any plans for them to add an MBA program. From my own perspective, I would be really interested if it was an actual MBA.
I would hope so? I haven't heard of any plans for them to add an MBA program. From my own perspective, I would be really interested if it was an actual MBA.
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