Presentation and values

ICN presentation

At the beginning of our history, in 1905, ICN was introduced under the aegis of the Université de Lorraine and the CCI 54, then known as the Institut Commercial de Nancy. In 2003, we took a major step forward by becoming ICN Business School, a state-approved private higher education institution closely associated with the Université de Lorraine.

In 1999, in collaboration with the École Nationale Supérieure d'Art et de Design and with the Mines Nancy, we established the Artem Alliance, an initiative that fosters the fusion of disciplines and catalyzes the development of our innovative pedagogical approach: #ATM.

ICN enjoys status within the Conférence des Grandes Écoles and is widely recognized by the trade press. We are proud to hold several prestigious certificates and accreditations, including the triple crown of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. In addition, our commitment to social and environmental responsibility has been rewarded with the DD&RS label.

Our values are based on openness, commitment and team spirit, embodying our vision and mission.

Presentation of our mission

According to Florence LEGROS: "Our school trains the future managers the economy needs to create wealth and jobs. This reality goes hand in hand with our ambition to support today's managers throughout their careers in the face of professional change”. Indeed, our main mission is to prepare our students to become responsible professionals. Following an initial or continuing transdisciplinary training program, our students will be able to evolve in a globalized economic environment.

Strongly influenced by #ATM pedagogy, we are committed to the creation of cross-disciplinary knowledge. From management to art to technology, we promote sustainable knowledge and practices in the field of organizational management.

Presentation of our values


  • Student and teacher exchanges with our partner universities abroad give us an international outlook.
  • Similarly, the school is open to other disciplines through our connections with numerous multidisciplinary schools in France and abroad.
  • Finally, thanks to our Berlin campus, we welcome the whole world with a unique mosaic of cultures.


  • The school supports each student in his quest to move from "wanting to being able to do". Personal development is important to us, as it enables potential to emerge.
  • Secondly, our commitment to the local community is reflected in our contribution to the socio-economic development and attractiveness of the region.
  • Finally, we are committed to several social and environmental initiatives, contributing to the Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Team spirit

  • ICN is a family. Sharing, networking and skills development take place in a group dynamic. Cohesion, thanks to back-to-school seminars, is vital for the school, teaching staff and administration.
  • In this way, we foster synergies and give a collective dimension to skills.

A word from the director

Openness, commitment and team spirit. Three fundamentals that permeate not only our pedagogical pillars but also our way of working.
Florence LEGROS – Managing Director
Florence Legros témoignage


Equis accreditation

The EQUIS label confirms our strategy and the relevance of our quality processes based on our teaching and research activities. Thanks to this label, ICN is now part of the limited circle of 100 world leaders in higher management education.

ICN has signed agreements with foreign universities and has a growing number of foreign students and professors. This international positioning is reinforced by the location of our campuses.

AMBA accreditation

The AMBA label attests the quality of our MBA (Master of Business Administration) programs and their compliance with international academic standards. In fact, this distinction is the oldest and highest for our MBA programs.

The main evaluation criteria are based on the school's strategy and identity, the quality of its teaching and research staff, the program's objectives and content, and the professional performance of its graduates.

AACSB accreditation

AACSB accreditation is an American label of excellence awarded to business schools for 5 years, guaranteeing a high level of academic quality, student experience and corporate relations.

The award of this label is a real recognition of the quality of our training courses: today, only 879 business schools in 57 countries hold this label.

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