About Paul Icard

Paul Icard was a multi-talented and dynamic personality–a human resources director, artist, student of abstract art pioneer Francis Picabia, a student of psychology and the author of a book on workplace psychology.

Icard’s ambition was to select and train the next generation of corporate managers. He saw the corporation as a living organism, open to the outside world and able to adapt to any situation. To help students grow from learners into agile professionals capable of reflection, action, and open-mindedness, Icard envisioned a curriculum in which students were most importantly entrepreneurs in every situation they encountered: in the classroom, in associations, in Student Enterprises, in their own businesses, and in every situation they could envision.

Icard’s vision

In the ISC Paris Group, we are committed to keeping Paul Icard’s groundbreaking inspiration alive. We strive to be the top educational group for Action Learning and management education, with an emphasis on active instruction, the student experience, innovation, and multiculturalism–all for the benefit of our students’ personal and professional growth.

The ISC Paris Group focuses on two “educational brands”:

ISC Paris Grande École is one of the top 20 French Grandes Écoles that belong to the Conférence des grandes écoles. ISC Paris holds three international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, and EPAS.
ISC Paris Global Programs is a leader in developing specialized degree programs that require three to five years of university study after high school (Bac+3 to Bac+5 in the French system), and Executive Education programs.

Our mission

In the ever-changing corporate world, we can summarize our mission as follows:
To enable our learners to reveal their talents which serve society and enterprises for a sustainable future in an international context.

In this context, our mission aims to:

Encourage students to be responsible for their own education, to develop their leadership skills, and to prepare them to meet worldwide challenges.
Cultivate our students’ critical thinking skills, with the goal of helping them become responsible and ethical managers; to develop their decision-making skills through practical and professional experiences in a multi-faceted environment.
To contribute to new knowledge and innovation in management, management practices, and management education, to benefit the academic and business worlds.
To support corporations’ training and hiring needs.
To actively participate in discussions that help to maintain, promote, and develop the French higher education system.

Key facts about the ISC Paris Group

  •  Independent educational group, founded in 1963
  •  More than 50 years of experience in management education
  •  A wide range of programs at all levels: Bachelor (high school + three years), Master in Management as a traditional or continuing educaiton program, Master of Science (high school + five years), MBA, DBA, certificate programs, and Executive Education
  •  A diverse student body: Nearly 2,000 students from 54 countries
  •  A diverse student base: 20% international students, 23% receive scholarships, 20% are enrolled in work/study
  •  Two urban campuses: one in Paris (17th arrondissement) and one in Orléans
  •  A team of 47 research professors
  •  More than 200 expert professionals
  •  An international network of 135 partner universities in 44 countries
  •  More than 1,200 corporate partners
  •  A network of 18,500 graduates in 80 countries
  • Obtaining of the “Bienvenue en France” label