Parsons Executive Education and ESSEC Business School Announce Partnership To Provide Programming for International Executive Learners

New York, June 8, 2022—Parsons Executive Education at The New School, a leader in innovative, design-led executive education programs for business executives, owners and entrepreneurs, and ESSEC Business School, one of the top-ranked European business schools, today announced a dynamic partnership that challenges executive learners to reimagine the future of the fashion luxury business through state-of-the-art knowledge that provides the know-how necessary to advance their careers and fuel their entrepreneurial ambitions. The partnership will provide senior executives and entrepreneurs from each university access to a global network of educators and peers in a transformational program that addresses the contemporary issues impacting the luxury market and empowers professionals to foster a culture of change in the industry.

The partnership brings a global perspective to executive education, drawing on Parsons School of Design’s rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to fashion, design-thinking, and innovation, and ESSEC’s cutting-edge blend of strategy and luxury management expertise. The globally renowned faculty from each university bring together ESSEC’s emphasis on building business acumen through the core elements of strategy management and Parsons’ focus on creativity and systems thinking to drive meaningful business transformation to an international platform. 

ESSEC has a long history of luxury management, launching the first MBA in International Luxury Management worldwide over 25 years ago and developed several chairs with global luxury brands including  LVMH, L'Oréal, and Estée Lauder. For more than a century, Parsons’ groundbreaking approach to design education has transformed creativity, culture, and commerce, and its unparalleled expertise in fashion, retail, and the “new luxury,” with a commitment to sustainability and societal impact, has contributed to its recognition as the number one design school in the U.S. and among the top three globally. 

“For more than a century, The New School has stood at the vanguard of American higher education, and we are excited to be collaborating with ESSEC Business School to create new executive education programs and offerings that will train and support senior executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives,” said Renée T. White, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of The New School. “The idea that design can change the world is central to our mission, and this partnership represents a further commitment to bringing our world-class, interdisciplinary educational approach to a global audience.”

“I am delighted to announce this innovative new partnership between ESSEC Business School and Parsons School of Design, based in New York. This collaboration, and specifically the EMiLUX program, will open up an avenue of opportunities for executive education participants who seek to advance their careers in the luxury sector by mastering the fundamentals of both management and design.  The global reach and interdisciplinary perspective provided during this program make it truly unique,” said Vincenzo Vinzi, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School.

The partnership will launch with the Luxury Management and Design Innovation (EMiLUX), a new executive program that will teach the skills necessary for a career in the international luxury industry. Designed specifically for experienced professionals and entrepreneurs, EMiLUX provides students with the global perspective and knowledge to advance their careers and fuel their entrepreneurial ambitions. The interdisciplinary program combines immersive residencies at global luxury hubs in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia, with luxury and retail tours, company visits, and online learning. Taught by internationally recognized faculty from Parsons and ESSEC, industry leaders, artists, and celebrated designers, students will be exposed to global cultural and business perspectives and the trends fueling innovation in today's luxury market.

Graduates of the program will receive an Executive Master in Luxury Management and Design Innovation from ESSEC, an Executive Certificate in Luxury Management and Design Innovation from Parsons, and a Certificate in Made in Italy Case Study Analysis from Accademia Costume & Moda.  Applications through Parsons open June 2022.   

Parsons Executive Education at The New School operates at the intersection of design and global socioeconomic trends to equip business leaders with the skills and tools they need to navigate a rapidly changing world. It is part of Continuing and Professional Education at The New School, which combines a contemporary approach to learning with faculty who are practitioners at the top of their fields and offers a wide range of subjects for learners of all ages. 

Parsons School of Design at The New School is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

ESSEC Business School, founded in 1907, is a major player in management education on the world stage, and holds the prestigious “triple crown”, with accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. Its mission is to respond to the challenges of the future. In an interconnected, technological, and uncertain world, where the tasks are increasingly complex, ESSEC offers a unique pedagogical approach. This approach is founded on the creation and dissemination of cutting- edge knowledge, a blend of academic learning and practical experience, and a multicultural openness and dialogue.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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