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About The School

École des Ponts Business School is an internationally-accredited business school located only 25 minutes from the center of Paris at the main campus of Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées also known as Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the programs we offer, on the quality of our faculty who come from all corners of the world to teach in our programs, on the quality of our highly-diverse student body, on the quality and commitment of our staff, as well as on our ability to get to know each and every student who comes to our school!

A School of Pioneers and Leaders

École des Ponts Business School‘s approach is based on that of our Alma Mater or mother school, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées (also known as Ecole des Ponts ParisTech), which was created by King Louis XV in 1747. The school is the first civil engineering school in the world and one of France’s Grandes Ecoles (Ivy-Leagues), renowned for the excellence of its education.

We are a school of Kings and Leaders that historically built bridges and roads connecting the world and we continue in that spirit on a social level at our business school –bridging cultures and constructing the infrastructure of modern business.To learn more about our mother school, please click here.

Jean-Rodolphe Perronet

Founder of École des Ponts ParisTech

Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis

Mathematician, discoverer of the “Coriolis effect”

Henri Becquerel

Nobel Prize – Physics – 1903

Sadi Carnot

President of the French Republic

Fulgence Bienvenüe

Designer of the Paris Metro

Eugène Freyssinet

Inventor of prestressed concrete

Jean Tirole

Nobel Prize – Economics – 2014

Antoine Frérot

CEO of Veolia since 2009

The School's Genesis

Celia Russo played a critical role in the evolution of Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech) when she founded the only business school of its kind at a national French civil engineering school in 1987 — École des Ponts Business School.

Her international vision was rooted at birth when she was born in England to a French mother and an Argentinian diplomat. Raised in Latin America, she later obtained her Master’s degree in the United States from the University of Oregon after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Celia Russo’s mission was to promote awareness and global interconnectedness by linking educational communities around the world. Her life was dedicated to bridging gaps, creating synergy, bringing out people’s existing potential, problem solving and creating a common vision of business being a source for a better world.

"We do not want to be a business school like any other. The curriculum has been designed so that participants reflect on what they are and what they want to do. We want our students to be dynamic and competitive, but also to develop their sense of responsibility. If you are an intelligent, entrepreneurial, self- determined, positively ambitious person, you will find a place with us."
Celia Russo

A powerful ecosystem serving innovation, research and business creation

Academic partners


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