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With 38 schools across France, including the islands of Corsica, Reunion and Nouvelle-Calédonie, IAE FRANCE has been building a network of schools with management expertise for more than 65 years.

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The number one network of public
management schools

IAE FRANCE represents one of the largest French communities in the business and management sciences, and brings together a wide variety of profiles: students, teachers-researchers, staff members, professionals, partner companies, graduates etc.

Everyone has a role to play in the development of this large and powerful community.


University Schools of Management

53 000



Management courses

1 200

Faculty members

1 200

Administrative staff

1 400

Exchange agreements

35 000

Partner companies

500 000


7 800




Founded in 1957 and following the example of the association of IAE directors, the IAE FRANCE network aims to enhance the training and research activities of IAE, University Schools of Management, in order to promote, defend and improve the quality of training in business and management in universities and to develop national inter-IAE and international cooperation. The IAE FRANCE network acts as the National Conference of IAE directors and general managers.

The association is led by a committee elected for a 3-year term. It is chaired by Eric LAMARQUE, director of IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School, who was elected in May 2018. The committee is composed of IAE directors :

  • Laurence MACALUSO, general director IAE FRANCE
  • Samuel MERCIER, director IAE Dijon, vice-president for research
  • Hervé PENAN, director Toulouse School of Management, vice-president for strategy and national and international partnerships
  • Arnaud RIVIERE, director IAE Tours Val-de-Loire, vice-president for communication
  • Corinne VAN DER YEUGHT, director IAE Toulon, vice-president for CSR and sustainability
  • Fabienne VILLESEQUE-DUBUS, director IAE Perpignan, treasurer and vice-president for educational innovation


IAE FRANCE assignments

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Strategic support

  • Supporting IAE directors of in the exercise of their duties. Administrative managers and general secretaries also meet regularly to exchange information and establish good practices.
  • Providing all information that is useful for school development and strategy.
  • Legal aid and advice.
  • Organising the timing of meetings and discussions: monthly general meetings, working committees, seminars and thematic meetings.
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Educational Research & Innovation

  • Focus group on the latest educational innovations.
  • Promotion of management research within IAEs.


International development

  • Development of joint international operations.
  • Network-wide partnership proposals.


Communication & Public Relations

  • Promoting management training and research in IAEs in France and worldwide.
  • Developing the IAE community and sense of belonging.
  • Public positioning on any subject related to management higher education and research.
  • Advocacy for IAEs.
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Corporate relations

  • Developing partnerships at the national scale.
  • Provision of a career centre for IAE students





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Gaston Berger, director of higher education at the Ministry of Education, created the first IAEs in 1955. These were new kinds of establishments inspired by the American model, offering management training in connection with universities.

The origins of IAEs date back to the 1950s. At the time, France offered no management options within universities. In contrast, the economic boom in the United States was fuelled by teams of engineers and managers from the best business schools attached to universities. In the midst of reconstruction, France sorely lacked managers as the Trente Glorieuses (30 glorious years) began. In 1955, Gaston Berger, director of higher education at the Ministry of National Education, was seeking to renew higher education and planned to introduce universities open to business inspired by the American model.. He thereby created the first IAEs under the name of IPA (‘business preparation institutes’). Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Dijon, Rennes and Toulouse were the first of these new kinds of establishments, offering management courses in connection with universities.

At first these pioneering IAEs were institutes offering only a single diploma, the CAAE (‘certificate of aptitude for business administration’, which has evolved into the MAE Master), with a ground-breaking positioning on « double competence ». The purpose of the diploma was to provide management skills to engineers and graduates coming mainly from the Faculties of Law, Letters and Sciences. It was a flagship diploma for the IAEs, designed so that it could be followed in one year via evening classes. It was a French-style mini-MBA with teaching based on case studies, an innovative approach at the time.

The development of IAEs was made possible by a number of collective strengths. For most IAEs, one of the most important was the fact that they gradually acquired a special status within universities (article 713-9 of France’s Education Code) allowing them a certain autonomy in their actions, with a specific board of directors whose president was a company director.

For almost 20 years, the CAAE was the core and source of success for most IAEs. The diploma, central to the history of IAEs, gained national recognition, both among students and in the business world.
The 1970s saw an explosion in the IAEs, with a diversification of the courses available. The increase in the training offer and a significant requirement for managers translated into an influx of candidates.
IAEs grew by developing their own resources (apprenticeship tax and continuing education) with, in particular, the creation of partnerships and training with an international outlook..

The arrival of the 21st century coincided with IAEs the transition to the Degree-Master-PhD approach in 2005.have perfectly integrated this change in the structure of higher education by creating new Masters in line with international standards. These have proved a success both in terms of their attractiveness to students and enhanced career development.

In 2004, faithful to their pioneering spirit, IAEs were the first to jointly develop quality approaches within universities through certification that guarantees both good operational criteria and permanent attention from different actors within IAEs.

In 2014, aware of their attractiveness, both with students and the socio-economic world, IAEs took action to consolidate their good name at the national scale by working on their brand identity. The National Association of IAEs was therefore renamed IAE FRANCE and a national campaign « Do you have the IAE spirit ? » was launched in order to improve visibility and unite the whole community around common values.

Today, the network comprises 38 IAEs, each with its own unique story and university and regional context.