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 38% of foreign students
    • More than 70 full-time professors + 21 affiliated professors
    • 103 administrative staff
    • 5 campuses : 3 in France (Nancy, Metz and Paris), 2 in Germany (Nuremberg and Berlin)
    • 1 location : Shanghai
    • 4 representation offices: 1 in West Africa, 1 in Latin America, 2 in China
    • More than 100 partner universities around the world
    • 130 partner companies
    • 44 students associations
    • 3 company fairs
    • 15,000 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 provide innovative and transdisciplinary education that enables students and practising executives to become responsible professionals capable of acting in the global business environment. ICN Business School faculty engages in knowledge creation in the crossroads of art, management and technology that contributes to the advancement of impactful knowledge and sustainable practice in the business and organisational fields.


Vision statement

The ICN Business School vision is to be a reference in innovative, transdisciplinary and responsible business education in the heart of Europe. The accreditation path followed by ICN Business School underlines the importance of constantly reinforcing the mission of the School by deploying a coherent strategy that is supported by commonly shared values, to attain the pretended vision as ultimate objective.


The accreditation path taken by ICN Business School in 2004, as the School became an independent institution of higher education in management, has contributed to the streamlining of its activities around clearly defined strategic objectives. The EQUIS accreditation in 2007 accompanied a significant strategic shift from a regional French ‘Grande École’ to an international Business School. It opened the way for a paradigm shift in terms of faculty recruitment: from French practitioners to international academics with high credentials in both teaching and research, while emphasising the importance of research as a means to integrate knowledge creation with high quality teaching.

The AMBA accreditation process in 2011 and 2012 contributed to consolidate an already solid program by eliciting stronger links between the School and businesses located in the trans-border region of France, Germany and Luxembourg. By the same token, it pushed the Executive MBA program to recruit foreign students, attracted by its international nature and context.

The value of EQUIS and AMBA accreditations has been fully integrated within ICN Business School’s strategy and practice and both pave the way for the next natural evolution, the AACSB accreditation. The AACSB accreditation process has been serving the purpose of reinforcing the strategic options taken at the moment of EQUIS and AMBA accreditations at the same time as it elicited significant changes by itself. In all, the School has become stronger and more profoundly convinced of and focused in its mission, values and vision.

5 Year strategic plan : IMPULSE 2020

Supported by over 100 years of history and experience, ICN Business School today follows its mission by deploying a four-pronged strategy, summarized in the current 5-year strategic plan IMPULSE 2020. It is comprised of:

  • a focus on an ARTEM approach,
  •  a compromise for responsibility and sustainability,
  • an international reach and scope, and
  •  a concern for proximity to students, faculty, and staff.



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.

Mise à jour le 25/07/2019