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President of City awarded honorary doctorate by the world’s oldest business school

Professor Sir Paul Curran received the honour from Grand École ESCP Europe in Paris

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

The President of City, University of London, Professor Sir Paul Curran has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Grand École ESCP Europe in Paris.

The ceremony took place on Friday 8th December at the Palais des Congrès where more than 700 graduands of the business school received their degrees.

ESCP Europe awards honorary doctorates of philosophy to a small number of individuals in recognition of ‘their constant and manifest action for the construction of Europe’.

Addressing the audience, Professor Sir Paul Curran said:

“It is a very great privilege to receive this honorary doctorate from ESCP Europe, the world’s oldest business school, our respected academic partner and most of all, our friend”.

Sir Paul went on to recount some of his experiences of living and working in Europe and spoke to the graduating students about the challenges and rewards they could anticipate.

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe’s mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity in a globalised world.

Like City’s Cass Business School, ESCP Europe is accredited by all three quality agencies: EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB. It welcomes 4,600 students and 5,000 executives from 100 different nationalities every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialised programmes (Bachelor, Master, MBA, PhD and Executive Education).

City, University of London validates the ESCP MSc Management, which is ranked 6th in the world by the 2017 Financial Times Masters in Management Rankings.

Several other notable individuals were also honoured. Professor Andrzej K Kozminski, a management scholar, educator and founder and President of the top ranked business school in Poland that bears his name; Spanish politician, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, the current Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport and previously Member of the European Parliament; and Gerard van Schaik, Chairman of Heineken N.V. and Honorary President of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

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