History

Founded in 1903 by the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the initial mission of Toulouse Business School was to respond to the need in the local community for highly trained business leaders and personnel.

Originally housed in a 15th century monastery located in the city center of Toulouse, the school began as one of France’s prestigious Grandes Ecoles and was known as Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse (ESC Toulouse). ESC Toulouse offered a single graduate degree to a highly select group of students. The school later pursued a vigorous policy of program development and diversification, and renamed itself Toulouse Business School (TBS) to reflect its broader mandate.

Today, TBS is one of France’s leading integrated management schools, with a primary mission of preparing students for managerial responsibilities through the development of their analytical, integrative, and interpersonal skills while promoting a lifelong learning process. The international scope and academic tradition at TBS continues to evolve in exciting directions, with partnerships around the world and new degree programs taught on campuses in Barcelona and Casablanca.

 

2015

  • TBS launches TBSearch.fr - a research blog for decision makers and analysts
  • As part of it's Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility project, TBS installs beehives on campus roofs
  • TBS's Executive MBA enters in to the Financial Times' Top 100 Best MBAs Worldwide
  • TBS launches "My Bachelor Weekend" - a chance for high-school students to live the life of a bachelor student on our Toulouse and Barcelona campuses - watch the videos
  • TBs and Ecoles de Mines Albi launch joint-diploma offer: an engineering-management double degree enabling students to obtain, in 4 years, 2 Master II grade diplomas delivered respectively by TBS and Mines Albi, and a MSc SCALE (Supply Chain And LEan management), awarded by the two schools and certified by the Conference des Grandes Ecoles.
  • Florence RAMILLON is appointed Director of International Relations & Development
  • TBS announces its international goals: international recruitment (25% international students, 40% faculty); 3 future TBS sites in London, the Middle East and North America as well as the launch of a site in China (Pekin)
  • TBS launches a new pedagogical model for the Bachelor program: the program's new Director, Victor GERVASONI, announces 3 objectives - versitality in management, an international experience for all students, and a larger choice of specializations
 

2014

  • TBS obtains EQUIS accreditation for the 3rd consecutive time, awarded the full 5 year duration, joining an elite selection of business schools
  • Francois BONVALET is appointed Dean of Toulouse Business School
  • TBS's Master in Management program announces 3 new double degree options
  • MSc Marketing Management & Communication program launches a new partnership with Paris College of Arts
  • Audencia Nantes and TBS sign a partnership concerning the management and promotion of a Doctorate in Business Administration, positioning itself at the highest level of management training
  • TBS launches the "Big Data Better Decisions" conference to train future managers in big data analysis
  • TBS and Airbus Group formalize their partnership through a structured convention
  • TBS obtains AACSB accreditation for the 3rd consecutive time, awarded the full 5 year duration
  • TBS Junior Entreprise is awarded "Most International JE in Europe"
  • TBS, Airbus Group and the Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) Bangalore, officially open the Aerospace MBA/Executive General Management Program in Aerospace and Aviation Management in India
  • A study conducted by FNEGE reveals that TBS has an outstanding financial and economic impact on the Midi-Pyrenees region: for each euro invested by TBS, 75euros are reinvested in the local economy
  • TBS and Pierre Fabre sign an innovative partnership concerning skill development
 

2013

  • TBS replaces its signature used for the last 15 years – “To train pilots of change” – with “Think and Create”
  • Jacques IGALENS is appointed interim Dean of Toulouse Business School
  • Partnership signed with ENAC, creating 4 double degrees through TBS’s Grande Ecole (MiM) program and ENAC, and the launch of a new Aviation Management path for the Bachelor program
  • Partnership signed with IEP Toulouse, creating double degrees through TBS’s Grande Ecole (MiM) program and Sciences Po Toulouse
  • Partnership signed with the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, creating 2 double degrees in Finance and Marketing for the Masters Science programs
  • Launch of the Strategic Steering Chair in SMEs with KPMG
  • Launch of Sirius Chair – the first chair dedicated to law and management activities in the space industry – with 5 partners: CNES, Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, University of Toulouse 1 and TBS
  • The CFA celebrates its 10th anniversary

2012

  • Launch of our Grande Ecole program in Casablanca

2011

  • Opening of the Alaric building and new media lab in Toulouse
  • Opening of the Paris branch campus for Executive Education

2010

  • Inauguration of the Bosco building at TBS, hosting the Specialized Masters, MSc and Aerospace MBA programs
  • Opening of a new 300m2 library on the Barcelona campus
  • Launch of TBScope, our institutional magazine with a distribution of over 9,000 copies

2008

  • Inauguration of our new campus in Barcelona, Spain

2007

  • Creation of the Toulouse Business School Foundation
  • Launch of the Masters in Management (“Grande Ecole”) program on Casablanca campus

2006

  • Agreement signed with the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises de Toulouse including the creation of a joint doctoral program
  • Launch of our new bachelor’s program offering two specializations: International Management and e-Management
  • Creation of Capitolis at TBS, a school for International Marketing in partnership with Pierre Fabre Laboratories
  • Launch of our Management Consultant MBA in partnership with Syntec Management

2005

  • Launch of a new suite of specialized master’s programs, the largest offering of graduate education offering in France with five master’s programs and 23 specializations
  • TBS has the most sought-after management program in France; 5,386 candidates took part in the 2005 entrance exam

2003

  • TBS is awarded its first AACSB accreditation (renewed in 2009 & 2014 for the full 5 year duration)

2002

  • TBS is awarded its first AMBA accreditation (renewed in 2012 & 2015 for 3 years)

2001

  • TBS is awarded its first EQUIS accreditation (renewed in 2009 & 2014 for the full 5 year duration)
  • TBS launches its campus in Casablanca – offering four programs in French: Bachelor, Master of Science, Specialized Masters, Tri-Executive MBA, and MSc

2000

  • TBS launches its Aerospace MBA – our state-of-the-art management program for aerospace professionals, the only program of its kind in Europe

1995

  • Creation of the Escuela Superior Europea de Comercio (ESEC) in Barcelona, Spain, in partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Barcelona

1991

  • The teaching methods, degrees, and autonomy of l’Ecole de Commerce (ESC)  are endorsed by the French Ministry of Education

1987

  • TBS begins offering courses in Morocco, through the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry

1985

  • TBS becomes a founding member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (a non-profit association of leading management and engineering schools)

1947

  • Following governmental reforms, an entrance exam is introduced in all Ecoles de Commerce, allowing TBS to become more selective

1913

  • French President Raymond Poincaré visits ESC Toulouse

1903

  • Founding of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse