Presentation of the school

About ICN Business School

ICN Business School is a member of the Chapter of the ‘Grandes Écoles de Management’ in the Conférence des Grandes Écoles.

Created in 1905 by the University of Nancy and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Meurthe-et-Moselle, the ‘Institut Commercial de Nancy’ becomes ICN Business School in 2003, a private higher education institution recognized by the State, Associated with the University of Lorraine.

In 1999, ICN Business School founded the Alliance Artem with the École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy and Mines Nancy. It is a partnership which promotes, in its educational programs, interdisciplinarity, alternative learning methods, creativity and innovation, all with a view to training a new generation of creators and decision-makers.

Accredited EQUIS and AMBA, ICN offers one of the best Masters in Management in the world according to the Financial Times.

Key facts and figures

  • 3,000 students, including 30% of foreign students
  • 70 full-time professors + 20 affiliated professors
  • 90 administrative staff
  • 6 campuses: 2 in France (Nancy and Metz), 1 in Germany (Nuremberg), 2 in China (Chengdu and Shanghai), 1 in Senegal (Dakar)
  • 4 representation offices: 1 in West Africa, 1 in Latin America, 2 in China
  • 150 partner universities around the world
  • 130 partner companies
  • 50 students associations
  • 3 company fairs
  • 13,000 Alumni



The EQUIS Accreditation confirms the strategy of the School and the relevance of its quality process, both of its pedagogy and research activities. With this Accreditation, ICN is part of the circle of 100 world leaders in higher education management. ICN concluded agreements with more than 150 universities around the world and has an increasing number of foreign students and foreign professors. This international positioning is reinforced by it localization in the heart of Europe (Northern-East of France, near the German, Belgium and Luxembourg borders).


The AMBA Accreditation is the oldest and highest distinction of MBA programs in the world, attesting to the quality of the MBA (Master of Business Administration) programs. It certifies the compliance with international academic standards required for this program. The primary endpoints of the Association of MBAs criteria are based on the strategy and the identity of the school, the quality of faculty, research, recruitment of participants, objectives and content of the program, the quality of teaching methodology and evaluation as well as on the professional performance of graduates.

Mission statement

Since 1905, ICN has been the “Grande École” Business School in the East of France and at the heart of Europe. Its identity and its development are rooted in the links between management, technology and art. These links will be vital determinants for tomorrow’s economic environment.

The mission of ICN Business School is to train students and executives to manage enterprises efficiently, with a commitment to corporate responsability, and to contribute to innovation through creativity.

Its teaching programs are supported by the specialist knowledge of its academic Faculty who make original intellectual contributions to improving managerial practice and furthering the knowledge which is essential to corporate success.

The ICN community is driven by three fundamental values, which find their true expression in the objectives of the Artem Alliance: open-mindedness, commitment, team spirit.



The ICN Business School is characterized in all its activities by its openness to other cultures and other disciplines.
The ICN is open to international opportunities and influences via its student and Faculty exchanges, and the opportunities arising from its network of international partner universities, one of the most dynamic in French Business Schools.
The ICN is receptive to other academic disciplines through its links with the University of Lorraine and other Schools, particularly in the Artem Alliance with the École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy (School of Art) and the Mines Nancy (School of Engineering).
The ICN is therefore a sharing of knowledge and competences. The ICN community is a mosaic of talents.


The ICN Business School’s commitment to students is that each one should make the transition from ‘wanting to’ to ‘being able to’, thus turning ambition into reality. The School achieves this by deploying a complete range of teaching tools and tutoring strategies to accompany students throughout their learning experience. Personal development is at the heart of ICN philosophy, so that students’ true potential and their full aspirations may come to fruition and their total personality flourish.
The ICN, in stressing the importance of creativity, is also committed to improving managerial practice and promoting innovation in businesses.
The ICN reaffirms its commitment to the region in which it finds itself, and seeks to play a major role in contributing to its socio-economic development and hence its attractiveness.


The ICN is above all a community; a community committed to sharing, working in networks and learning to manage projects in groups.  This is the case in classes and lectures, in practical workshops, and in the students’ own associations. Community also means cohesiveness in the relationships between individuals, whether they belong to the student body or the staff of the School. This team spirit is particularly valued during the student and staff seminars which are organized each year.
The ICN Business School seeks to create synergy between groups and hence give a collective dimension to skills development.