HEC Paris

business school in Paris, France

The École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (often shortened to HEC Paris) is a business school in Paris. It was created in 1881 by Gustave Emmanuel Roy. It is one of a few privately run universities in France, which are called Grandes Écoles. The university offers different degrees in the field of economics and management. It is financed by the Chamber of commerce in Paris. It was founded in 1881. It awards the degree of Bachelor of Arts,[1] Master of Science, as well as doctorates and other postgraduate degrees, such as MBAs and EMBAs. The school offers other courses, including an Executive Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Coursera.[2] 100% online, it aims to train senior managers specializing in these two areas within 18 months.[3] It was opened in March 2017. About 4500 students are taught, about 600 finish their studies each year.[4]

HEC Paris
HEC Paris entrance
MottoApprendre à oser
Motto in English
The more you know the more you dare
Endowment€53.1 million (2017)
PresidentJean-Paul Agon
Students5,453 (2023)
Location, ,
ColorsBlue and White    
HEC Paris executive education
HEC UK House in London

The head of the School is Éloïc Peyrache since January 2021. The school has its own incubator, the Incubateur HEC Paris.

Its alumni association, HEC Alumni, is one of the oldest social networks in the world.[5]

Research activities


On September 15, 2020, the school co-founded with the Polytechnic Institute of Paris[6] the artificial intelligence research center Hi! PARIS.[7][8]

The school has three other research centers:

Notable Alumni



  1. Perroud, Marion (October 2, 2023). "HEC crée son bachelor et fait chavirer la dernière digue qui protégeait le modèle prépa". Challenges.
  2. "Executive MSc & MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship | HEC Paris". Coursera.
  3. "Exclusif. HEC se lance dans un diplôme... 100 % en ligne". L'Etudiant. March 28, 2017.
  4. "HEC lance un programme diplômant 100 % en ligne". Le Monde.fr. March 29, 2017 – via Le Monde.
  5. Massé, par Delphine (December 2, 2013). "HEC Alumni, une communauté au service des diplômés". HelloWorkplace.
  6. Manceau, Jean-Jacques (September 22, 2020). "Hi!Paris, L'Institut Polytechnique De Paris Et HEC Paris Affichent Leur Ambition Dans L'IA". Forbes France.
  7. "Zoom sur Hi! PARIS, le centre consacré à l'IA et aux Sciences des données de l'Institut Polytechnique de Paris et HEC Paris". ActuIA.
  8. Mann, Nathan (15 September 2020). "HEC et Polytechnique lancent le centre pluridisciplinaire Hi! Paris pour devenir champions de la recherche en IA". L'USINENOUVELLE.com (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  9. "Nicolas Sadirac (Epitech) : Un diplôme d'informatique chinois aura une très grande valeur". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2024.

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