Toulouse Business School, ESC, Toulouse

Age: 106.

History: Founded by the chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse. Toulouse is both the largest French research centre (after Paris) and the biggest French university town (after Paris). Its aerospace MBA is world-renowned.

Address: Boulevard Lascrosses, Toulouse; in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona; and in Casablaca.

Ambience: Jacques Tournut, the MBA director, said: "Nowhere else in the world could you find such a large number of people of different origins and cultures, and so many manufacturers, airlines, service companies, electronics businesses and research organisations all connected in some way to the aerospace sector."

Vital statistics: There are three campuses, one in Toulouse, one in Barcelona and one in Casablaca (Marocco)The MBA is fully accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. In addition to the aerospace MBA, there are management consulting and transport and logistics MBA programmes; 23 specialised Masters; 81 permanent professors; 50 affiliated professors; 55 visiting professors and more than 1,200 lecturers supplied by real companies.

Added value: Sector orientated. These generalist MBA programmes, targeting future leaders, enable participants to have access to the latest academic knowledge and research while sharing their experience and expertise with top professional experts from leading sectored companies.

Easy to get into? No – it's aimed at exceptional individuals with leadership and management skills. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification, a good knowledge of English (TOEIC or TOEFL), a minimum of three years' work experience, and a GMAT test score or a successful interview.

Glittering alumni: François Fioc, Airbus (France); Michael Delaney, Boeing (USA); Pierre Tchoukavoff, Eurocopter (France); Ansgar Jahn, Rolls-Royce (UK); Lingga Bijjoyo, Singapore Airlines (Asia), Ruxandra Brutaru, PDG de Taron Romanian Airlines. They all did the aerospace MBA.

Guru: Professor Sveinn Gudmundsson, a specialist in strategy, alliances and partnerships, airline and airport management.

International connections: International teaching staff and participants (the programme attracts students from 15 to 20 different nationalities every year) creates a unique and challenging learning environment.

Student profile: The typical student has a Masters degree and 12 years significant experience.

Cost: Full-time aerospace MBA it's €30,000 and for part-timers (aerospace, management consulting and transport and logistics) it's €35,000.

Return on investment: After one year, the average increase in wages is around 30 per cent and more than 50 per cent after three years.

Who's the boss? Professor Jacques Tournut is director of the MBA and Masters programmes.

Prospectus: +33 (0)6 89 23 98 27; www.esc-toulouse.fr











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