1950s

A new vision

This institute… is destined to play a creative role in the economic affairs of Europe and the world.

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

1960s

Pioneering spirit

We want a school that is not only difficult to get into, but from which only good quality would emerge.

Roger Godino, Director of Faculty

1966

Annual intake averages 140-150 participants - doubling in size from first intake

Participants attend one of the final classes in the Collège des Carmes in Avon
Participants attend one of the final classes in the Collège des Carmes in Avon

1970s

Expanding our horizons

The school itself seemed to be full of possibilities, radiating an air of something new, something happening or about to happen.

Philippe Dennis, Director General

1972

Launch of world’s first company specific executive education programme

Launch of the Management Development Unit, with Claude Rameau appointed Director
Launch of the Management Development Unit, with Claude Rameau appointed Director

1977

First 5 National Committees formed in West Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands and the US

Launch of first development campaign, an early fundraising effort to support ambitious growth
Launch of first development campaign, an early fundraising effort to support ambitious growth

1980s

From institute to institution

Companies will turn increasingly to managers unfazed by linguistic and cultural boundaries.

Fortune International

1981

Introduction of Faculty Tenure

1988

INSEAD intake expands from 320 to 420

INSEAD faculty publish 30 case studies, 25 more than previous year

INSEAD featured on the cover of the May 1988 Fortune International
INSEAD featured on the cover of the May 1988 Fortune International
Launch of PhD programme based on the US model but with an international twist
Launch of PhD programme based on the US model but with an international twist

1990s

Going global

The Asia Campus has redefined INSEAD as a truly international business school.

Gabriel Hawawini, Dean of INSEAD 2000-2006

1993

Antonio Borges (right) appointed Co-Dean alongside Ludo Van der Heyden, bringing experience as former INSEAD professor and Deputy Governor of the Bank  of Portugal
Antonio Borges (right) appointed Co-Dean alongside Ludo Van der Heyden, bringing experience as former INSEAD professor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Portugal

Wall Street Journal ranks INSEAD #1 Advanced Management Programme for executive education

The 14 INSEAD National Councils merge to form the International Council

1995

Launch of first Capital Campaign

During the 1990s, INSEAD graduations were held in the Théâtre Municipal de Fontainebleau
During the 1990s, INSEAD graduations were held in the Théâtre Municipal de Fontainebleau

Co-Dean leadership ends, Antonio Borges takes over as Dean

2000s

The Business School for the World

The school is getting closer to governments and... helping corporations and individuals in their global performance in developing a better world.

Claire Pike MBA’69, INSEAD Secretary General

2010s

Exploring new horizons

INSEAD is one of the first management schools to dip a toe into the online economy, instead of merely studying it.

Bloomberg Businessweek

2011

Launch of Dual Degree with Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Dipak C. Jain appointed Dean of INSEAD, leading the school into a new fast-moving global economic climate
Dipak C. Jain appointed Dean of INSEAD, leading the school into a new fast-moving global economic climate

Launch of Executive Master in Change

2013

Executive Master in Finance opens to all

Launch of MBA Exchange with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Ilian Mihov appointed Dean of INSEAD, promising to nurture the vibrant intellectual environment, ensure innovation in teaching and enhance the school’s reputation
Ilian Mihov appointed Dean of INSEAD, promising to nurture the vibrant intellectual environment, ensure innovation in teaching and enhance the school’s reputation

2016

First full residential MBA Period on the Middle East Campus

MBA Graduation Ceremony returns to the Château de Fontainebleau
MBA Graduation Ceremony returns to the Château de Fontainebleau
First open online executive education programme launches, educating leaders on strategic responses to new digital possibilities
First open online executive education programme launches, educating leaders on strategic responses to new digital possibilities

Financial Times ranks INSEAD #1 in three categories - MBA, EMBA and single-school EMBA

2017

Launch of new MBA curriculum with focus on business and society and digital learning

Financial Times again ranks INSEAD #1 MBA programme in the world
Financial Times again ranks INSEAD #1 MBA programme in the world

2020s

Moving Forward

Our values are blueprint to build a better future for INSEAD, leading us new opportunities in the 21st century – and new opportunities to be a force for good.

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD