ESDES School of Business and Management

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For 30 years, the Higher School for Economic and Social Development (ESDES) has been preparing students and professionals through education and research to create lasting value in a globalized and digital world. Through this commitment, ESDES contributes to the emergence of a responsible economy driven by its employees, partners, alumni and students.

This is why ESDES is committed to the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). This program aims in particular to measure the societal impact of the School in its environment by questioning its own role. The objective for ESDES: to allow responsibility and sustainable development to gain ground in the corporate culture.


ESDES is the business school of UCLy (Catholic University of Lyon ). The School thus benefits from the resources and equipment of an international university and from exchanges between the 5 faculties and 5 professional schools. These offer ESDES students original pathways to profiles complementary to manager training. Result: unique profiles, with crossed skills, acclaimed by companies.


The School forges partnerships with all the companies that matter and the essential professional networks: MEDEF, CPME, DCF ... The city of Lyon has become the preferred territory for students and investors, it is among the best ranked for living and working: a fertile ground to be offered many opportunities.

Choosing ESDES means committing to the realization of a professional project that resembles you, the best springboard towards a fulfilling career.

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France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

France, officially French Republic, French France or République Française, country of northwestern Europe. Historically and culturally among the most important nations in the Western world, France has also played a highly significant role in international affairs, with former colonies in every corner of the globe. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and the Pyrenees, France has long provided a geographic, economic, and linguistic bridge joining northern and southern Europe. It is Europe’s most important agricultural producer and one of the world’s leading industrial powers.

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France is among the globe’s oldest nations, the product of an alliance of duchies and principalities under a single ruler in the Middle Ages. Today, as in that era, central authority is vested in the state, even though a measure of autonomy has been granted to the country’s régions in recent decades. The French people look to the state as the primary guardian of liberty, and the state in turn provides a generous program of amenities for its citizens, from free education to health care and pension plans. Even so, this centralist tendency is often at odds with another long-standing theme of the French nation: the insistence on the supremacy of the individual. On this matter historian Jules Michelet remarked, “England is an empire, Germany is a nation, a race, France is a person.” Statesman Charles de Gaulle, too, famously complained, “Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.”

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This tendency toward individualism joins with a pluralist outlook and a great interest in the larger world. Even though its imperialist stage was driven by the impulse to civilize that world according to French standards (la mission civilisatrice), the French still note approvingly the words of writer Gustave Flaubert:

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