CY Initiative members

In February 2017, the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), ESSEC and EISTI, within the ComUE Paris Seine, were awarded laureate of the “initiative of excellence” programme. Since January 1, 2020, UCP, EISTI and the ComUE Paris Seine have evolved into a new leading university for academic site policy: CY Cergy Paris University. ESSEC, for its part, is associated by decree with the university and integrates its governance. 
The initiative now has two driving members of the project:

CY Cergy Paris University, Design your life

CY Cergy Paris University is built around a vision: being a rich university in its diversity, oriented towards society, and of international ranking; a mission: through training and research, enable new generations to approach the complexity of the world from a sustainable perspective; and a slogan: "Design your life! ", to prepare the actors of tomorrow, through the triple promise of a campus life experience, active and involved pedagogy, and strong international openness.

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ESSEC Business School, Enlighten, Lead, Change

ESSEC, founded in 1907, is one of the world’s top management schools and holds the “triple crown” accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. With 6,097 students; a faculty comprised of 164 full-time professors, 19 of which are emeritus professors, in France and Singapore, recognized for both the quality and influence of their research; a wide range of management training programs; partnerships with the world’s best universities; and a network of 55,000 alumni, ESSEC continues to foster a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences and innovation. In 2005, ESSEC opened a campus in Asia, ESSEC Asia-Pacific. ESSEC’s operations in Asia Pacific, strategically located in Singapore, present the perfect foothold for ESSEC to be part of the vibrant growth in Asia and to bring its expertise to the expanding region.  Additionally, in 2017 ESSEC opened a new campus in Rabat, Morocco, ESSEC Africa. ESSEC’s international expansion allows students and professors to study and understand the economic forces at work in the different regions of the world. For any additional information, please visit

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