Ambassador Ziegler hosts ESSEC Business School event

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, hosts ESSEC Business School event on the occasion of its Urban Economics students’ study trip in India.

New Delhi, 8 May 2019

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today hosted a reception focused on France’s ESSEC Business School, at the Residence of France, in the presence of Prof. Aarti Ramaswami, Deputy Dean - ESSEC Singapore.

The event brought together 50 students of Urban Economics on a study trip to India, 50 Indian alumni and students set, in the coming months, to join ESSEC, which has an ongoing student exchange and a dual-degree programme with the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, India.

Also present on the occasion were Mr Henri de Rocca-Serra, ESSEC Alumni Coordinator for Asia, entrepreneurs and ESSEC alumni Ms Ranjita Ravi (EV startup - Orxa Energies), Mr Durgesh Maru (solar energy startup - SunInfra Energies), and Mr Padmanabhan Balakrishnan (ride-sharing app – Vogo), to name a few.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said: “The visiting ESSEC students are exploring challenges faced by Indian cities as opportunities to elaborate solutions that can set an example for cities all over the world. Our cooperation with India under the Smart Cities Mission is thus expanding every year to tackle accelerating urbanisation and soaring infrastructure needs. I am also delighted that Indian students constitute the second largest nationality at ESSEC, and congratulate those joining ESSEC campuses in France and Singapore for choosing one of the best management schools in the world. Their increasing numbers is in line with our focus on the young generation for enhancing Indo-French bilateral relations. Lastly, the successful careers of alumni in India speak volumes about the excellence of ESSEC and they serve as true ambassadors of France’s outstanding academic standards.”

ESSEC Business School

Founded in 1907, ESSEC Business School is one of the most competitive French "Grandes écoles” with campuses in France, Morocco and Singapore. Its MSc Management programme was ranked a global 4th in the 2018 FT Rankings.

The ESSEC alumni community in India is around 200 strong. ESSEC now recruits around 150 Indian students annually, who form the institute’s second largest community of foreign students.

Most ESSEC graduates in India chose one of the following programmes:

- the "Grande Ecole" programme, the most classic ESSEC programme;
- the IMHI (Master in Hospitality Management). Some leading Indian hotel group managers are graduates from this programme;
- the "Global MBA" programme; and
- specialised Master’s, especially the "MBA in Luxury Management”, ESSEC having chairs in partnership with the Château de Versailles, Chanel and LVMH.

Address of H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India

Dear students,
Dear professors,
Dear alumni,
Chers amis,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you all this evening at the Residence de France. Some of you have travelled from outside Delhi, some flew in from other Asian countries, Singapore in particular, and some have come all the way from France.

Under one roof, we have gathered students currently enrolled in France, professors, future students and alumni from the ESSEC Business School. All of you have decided to join us here tonight under the banner of ESSEC Business School, but, more importantly, because of the values it stands for.

We have with us French students and professors from the ESSEC Chair in Urban Economics for their annual study trip in New Delhi. I believe your intense one-week programme has led you to interesting sites (Delhi Metro, Old Delhi, Gurgaon) and to relevant researchers, business people and officials.

I am sure I don’t need to convince you further about the importance of understanding the challenges faced by cities in India, challenges which can also be so many opportunities. In many ways, solutions that are elaborated here will set an example for cities all around the world. The magnitude of the task ahead is such that all available brain power and solutions will be welcomed.

That is why numerous French companies, the French Development Agency (AFD) and this Embassy are collaborating with Indian companies, Indian institutions and the Indian government to formulate the most innovative solutions. Cooperation under the Smart Cities Mission, which is part of our strategic partnership with India, is expanding every year to tackle accelerating urbanization and soaring infrastructure needs.

Tonight we also have among us Indian students who will be studying at ESSEC campuses in France and in Singapore. Congratulations on your selection to one of the best management schools in the world. I am happy to learn that Indian students constitute the second largest nationality at ESSEC and that they are coming in greater numbers every year.

After nearly 3 years in India, I must say that every day I am amazed at the brightness of the youth in India.

The young generation is one of the main focuses of the bilateral relations between India and France and was marked as a priority by our President, Emmanuel Macron, during his State visit to India last year. 10 000 Indian students will have chosen France this year, a record number as compared to the less than 4000, 3 years ago. This figure is still rising constantly.

And I must tell you that you have taken the right decision!

I know that we also have the pleasure to welcome tonight previous batches of ESSEC graduates. They have paved the way for future generations of Indian students coming to France. Their successful careers speak volumes about the excellence of ESSEC. The members of the ESSEC alumni community have now become so many ambassadors of studies in France.

ESSEC has a long history of leading its graduates to positions of leadership in France, including in the French Foreign Services… I am not one of them, but I can name some very distinguished ones. The current Ambassador of France to Italy (Christian Masset), to Colombia (Gautier Mignot) and to Thailand (Jacques Lapouge), the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the UN (Jean-Pierre Lacroix). The Minister of Culture (Frank Riester), the CEO of Saint-Gobain (Pierre-André de Chalendar) and the CEO of the biggest TV group in France (TF1, Gilles Pelisson) – to name but a few.

Our current Minister of Education, Mr Blanquer was until recently the president of ESSEC Business School.

But ESSEC is a global school with successful alumni all over the world. In India, Rajiv KAUL, the President of The Leela Palace Hotels & Resorts group and Abhijit MUKERJI, the Executive Director of Taj Hotel Resorts & Palace group have both graduated from ESSEC business school. And there are here tonight many entrepreneurs and decision makers whom I will be delighted to meet and exchange views with.

I would be especially interested to know how your unique experience in France has shaped your views of business and your projects in India.

To conclude, I would like to wish you all a great evening. As you all know, ESSEC established a campus in Singapore in 2005. I would now like to hand over the microphone to Prof. Aarti Ramaswami, Deputy Dean of the ESSEC Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore.

Last modified on 04/06/2019

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