INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society.
The Business School for the World
As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD offers participants a truly global educational experience. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and alliances with top institutions, INSEAD's business education and research spans around the globe. Our 154 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 students in our degree and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.
Our Founding Values
Diversity as a source of learning and enrichment
We are free from any dominant culture or prevalent dogma; we are open to, and respectful of, other views; we learn through the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Independence as a governance principle
We believe in intellectual freedom and are autonomous in our financial, institutional and academic planning and decision-making process.
Rigour and relevance in teaching and research
We encourage diversity in research and teaching methods with no single school of thought or methodology predominating; what matters is rigor and impact on management as an academic discipline, on business practice, and in the classroom.
Closeness to the international business community
We partner with the international business community to explore and disseminate management knowledge; we believe in the role of business as a force for improving people's lives.
We are willing to experiment and innovate; we are ready to take risks and manage the results of our actions.
In the space of five decades, INSEAD has developed from an entrepreneurial venture to an internationally regarded institution.
Here are some of the key events in our history.
1957 - 1967
1967 - 1977
1977 - 1987
1987 - 1997
First Singapore MBA class - 53 students from 26 countries - and opening of Asia Campus Development campaign raises €118 million in corporate and individual donation
Announcement of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance and first MBA participant exchanges
Launch of the INSEAD Executive MBA programme
Opening of the Plessis Mornay Learning Space in Fontainebleau Launch of the second INSEAD development campaign
Phase two of the Asia Campus inaugurated
INSEAD centre for research opened in Caesarea, Israel
1997 - 2007
INSEAD centre opened in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and launch of a dual degree Executive MBA with Tsinghua, China
INSEAD celebrates its 50th Anniversary commemorating its Founders and its first MBA programme
INSEAD's Abu Dhabi Centre attains Campus status and the Asia Campus celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Launch of dual degree with Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington, D.C. (MA and MBA)
Launch of Master in Finance specialised degree
Inauguration of the Leadership Development Centre, Asia Campus
Financial Times ranks INSEAD as the #1 “Global MBA Programme” in the world