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The Alliance Centrale - Audencia - ensa Nantes

A strategic alliance formed in 2014

Because they share the belief that promising and innovative projects emerge when ideas meet and merge, Centrale Nantes, Audencia Business School and ensa Nantes decided to strengthen their cooperation.

Arnaud Poitou, 
Centrale Nantes
Christian Dautel,
ensa Nantes
Emeric Peyredieu du Charlat, Director, Audencia Group


Active collaboration has been in place since 2007 between the three establishments leading to the creation of double diploma programmes, notably in Engineering and Management and Architecture and Engineering.

With this early collaborative success and in today's context of stronger international competition, restructuring of higher education and research, implementation of future investment programmes, and the increasing importance of rankings and accreditation systems, Centrale Nantes, Audencia Business School and ensa Nantes - the "Partners" - strengthened the integration of their activities through the adoption a joint strategy.

Emphasizing their differences and their complementary nature, the creation of Alliance Centrale Nantes / Audencia Business School / ensa Nantes confirms their position as a leading institution for engineering, management and architecture studies and creation.

A strategic alliance

The strategic alliance between Centrale Nantes, Audencia Business School and ensa was thus formed in 2014. This alliance brings together engineering, business studies, architecture and design in order to enhance teaching, research, industrial partnerships and international visibility with regard to the three establishments. The resulting blend of expertise leads to value creation and provides an excellent breeding ground for innovation. The three establishments combined have 5800 students, 300 teacher-researchers and over 250 international academic partners.


An association has been created to facilitate gateways and boost fruitful exchange between the three establishments.The Alliance is presided on a yearly rotation basis by each of the three directors - Christian Dautel (ensa), Arnaud Poitou (Centrale Nantes) and Emeric Peyredieu du Charlat (Audencia Business School). It is their role to strengthen the alliance bringing together architecture, engineering and business institutions.In the same spirit of culture sharing, each director is now a member of the board of directors of the other two establishments. Operational implementation falls under the responsibility of the association's representative, Jean-Pierre Elloy, and a steering committee.

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mise à jour le January 4, 2017

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