Solvay Ponts —
collaboration and innovation

The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management has a century-old tradition of excellence as one of the most renowned management schools in Belgium, part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The École des Ponts ParisTech is one of the most prestigious and selective French “grandes écoles”. Together, they have created an MBA that combines the strength of both institutions, so that program participants discover Brussels, Paris and the world.

École des Ponts ParisTech

France’s “grandes écoles” rightly have a reputation. And within the “grandes écoles”, the École des Ponts ParisTech stands out as one of the most prestigious and selective. Created in 1747 — making it most likely the oldest civil engineering school in the world — the School has always been at the fore of major contemporary challenges. Transport, housing, water and urban services are today’s challenges. But it also pioneers in foundational fields such as energy, climate sciences, sustainable development as well as economics and finance. Heirs to a longstanding tradition of pioneers, inventors and entrepreneurs, alumni of the École des Ponts ParisTech today include four CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

The School is a founding member of the Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech), a federation of 12 leading “grandes écoles””. Together, they collaborate on joint training, research and innovation projects in the fields of science, technology and management. At the edge of innovation and sustainable design, the School inaugurated an energy-plus-building that hosts three research laboratories in 2013, as well as the recently launched d.school Paris Est, dedicated to design thinking.

To nurture the next generation of business leaders and forward-thinking managers, the École des Ponts ParisTech has been offering MBA programs since 1987. Graduates as well as partnering companies acclaim the unique vision that inspires the MBA programs. Although most business schools have assimilated the impact of globalization in the corporate world, they seldom teach how new technologies and innovation management can bring a sustainable competitive advantage, enhance business efficiency, and initiate leading strategies.

Students come here for a superior learning experience with a strong focus on cross-cultural diversity, personal and professional development and academic excellence. They work with professors selected from within the best universities around the world. This continued model of excellence has led to École des Ponts ParisTech’s MBA’s being ranked #3 in the world by the International Graduate Forum and CEO Magazine.

Solvay Brussels School of Economics
and Management

Solvay Brussels School of Economics

In 1903, Ernest Solvay, one of Europe’s most respected businessmen, created an institution with the clear aim of teaching young men and women skills and competencies designed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world — a world in which Belgium’s supply of highly-skilled managers outstripped demand for its booming industries. This historical decision brought the teaching disciplines of management and technology together under one roof, and is still at the heart of our School’s philosophy.

Over a hundred years later, SBS-EM is still living up to the challenges of Solvay’s ambition. The business environment has changed beyond all recognition since the institute’s inception, of course. Forward-thinking and successful businessmen and women need quick and easy access to a vastly increased amount of knowledge and contacts.

Each year the school, which is EQUIS- and AMBA-accredited, welcomes more than 4,000 students, participating in over 30 programs, including the Bachelor’s, Master’s, Advanced Master’s, MBA’s, executive education and in-company programs. The School has 56 full-time and 70 part-time professors, no less than 420 top managers and professionals as guest speakers, and five renowned research centers. SBS-EM maintains close contacts with major universities — over 100 partnerships — and businesses around the world.

SBS-EM’s mission is to have a decisive and positive impact on how economic and business challenges are addressed. The school strives to meet the most pressing economic and business challenges of our time with a unique blend of scientific rigor, contextual engagement and problem-solving skills.

Solvay Brussels School’s values are:

  • Free inquiry,
  • Excellence,
  • Entrepreneurial spirit,
  • Integration,
  • Equal opportunity,
  • Democratic governance,
  • Societal relevance