The Centrale - Audencia - ensa Nantes Alliance

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

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 8000 students, 710 researchers, teachers and research staff as well as over 450 international academic partners.


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.

An established reality

The already effective consequences of this alliance result in numerous collaborations, the first of which date from 2007.
  • The double diplomas of engineering &management and engineering &architecture;
  • The AAU laboratory (Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanités) common to Ensa Nantes and Centrale Nantes
  • Inter-school projects have been set up and carried out, such as the "Solar Décathlon Europe 2014", an innovative town planning project, and
  • theses are co-supervised between Audencia and Centrale Nantes on themes such as energy issues, investment
  • The 3 Schools share the Centrale-Audencia-ensa incubator for the support of business creators of all types
  • The executive education of foreign teachers
  • The creation of a joint research laboratory in management sciences


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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Published on November 10, 2016 Updated on November 12, 2018