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18 January 2024

Navitas makes milestone strategic move into France partnering with highly ranked ICN Business School

For almost three decades Navitas has led the way in developing innovative university partnerships that provide life-changing learning opportunities for students. Today Navitas celebrates that pioneering spirit with the announcement that it has signed a new 10-year partnership with ICN Business School offering exceptional opportunities for international students who want to study in France.

Business schools in France are world-renowned. They are recognised for their high-quality teaching and strong industry connections, creating excellent employability for their graduates. ICN Business School, one of the oldest business schools in France, is triple-accredited and 10th French post-preparatory Business School in the Financial Times’ 2023 ranking of the world’s top 100 Masters in Management programmes – one of the best business schools in the country.

Navitas will open ICN International College, fully integrated on the ICN Business School Paris campus in Autumn 2024. It will be located in the heart of Paris’s La Défense, the famous and largest purpose-built Business District in Europe, and home to the Headquarters of many global organisations. Paris is also Europe’s largest public transport hub – making it a unique and attractive place to study.

Triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and a member of CDEFM within the Conference of Grandes Écoles, ICN Business School educates its students and executives to foster innovation through creativity in businesses. The school offers a pedagogy called #ArtTechnologyManagement across its three campuses in Nancy, Paris La Défense (France), and Berlin (Germany). The ICN community is guided by three core values: openness, commitment, and teamwork. Its broader network includes nearly 130 partner foreign universities worldwide and 150 corporate partners.

ICN International College will offer Foundation and Pre Masters programmes in the broader areas of Business and Management.  Students will have the opportunity to progress to ICN campuses in Paris, Nancy, and subject to visa requirements, Berlin, following successful completion of their pathway programme.

International students will benefit from being part of ICN wider student community of 3,300 students, including 38% international students and 22,000 alumni.

Paul Lovegrove, Navitas UPE CEO & Global COO announcing the new partnership said that this marked a milestone in the history of Navitas, further cementing our commitment to mainland Europe:

“I am incredibly excited about our partnership with ICN and the opportunity that it brings to international students.  Students who join ICN International College will be surrounded by world-class industry, with access to a vast range of experts and more than 40 student associations.

“Higher education in France offers international students an exceptional opportunity to study in a vibrant, dynamic student-friendly environment, with business programmes that are internationally recognised for their academic excellence. I am delighted that we can offer this experience.”

Florence LEGROS, ICN Dean and Managing Director, welcomed the new partnership:

“ICN Business School has been in existence for nearly 120 years. It is officially ranked 36th Business school in the Financial Times 2023. Our Business School takes pride in its 23,000 graduates, who have become a source of pride for both ICN and the French and international companies they have founded or where they apply their creaCtive talents. This is the undeniable mission of ICN Business School, one of the few French management schools that remains human scale: train men and women with an ArtTechnologyManagement profile, regardless of their academic background or nationality.

It is with this objective in mind that, in collaboration with Navitas, I am extremely pleased to establish ICN International College. Recruiting our future international students and inviting them to participate in our certified programs, accredited by EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB, and labelled sustainable development CSR, is an even greater obligation. Alongside the 230 employees of our school, they will have the certainty of studying with a high-performing faculty and, more importantly, receiving specific support for a seamless integration into their daily lives. We will be their new family! Openness, commitment, and team spirit are now their new ambitions.

Welcome to ICN BS and join our family! You are so UN1QUE!”

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About Navitas

Navitas is a leading global education provider that offers an extensive range of educational services to students and professionals including university programs, creative media education, professional education, English language training, and migrant education and settlement services to more than 60,000 aspirational learners across a global network of over 90 colleges and campuses in 20 countries each year.

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About ICN Business School

Founded in 1905 within the university, ICN became a private institution, ICN Business School, in 2003. The school is a private higher education establishment, recognized by the state and qualified as EESPIG. It awards a degree granting a bachelor’s degree for its Bac+3 programs (Bachelor in Management), Grande École program (Master in Management) grade de master accredited Bac+5 and MSc portfolio accredited Bac+5.

ICN Business School also encompasses: 82 permanent professors and 25 affiliates with 10 representation offices abroad: in China, Russia, Senegal, India, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

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