With the aim to support European economic dialogue with China and deepen mutual understanding, the EBCI results from the meeting of two renowned institutions in business and language education, ESCP and BFSU, taking then full advantage of entrepreneurial and philosophical legacies to train the major players for the future.
As China’s economy and exchanges with the world have grown rapidly, a sharp increase in Chinese learning request has followed worldwide.
Benefiting from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain‘s experiences in promoting their national languages, non-profit public institutions promoting Chinese language and culture in foreign countries have established since 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institutes.
Established as a not-for-profit Association under the 1901 French law and launched in May 2019, EBCI carries out its missions for teaching language on one hand and observing China on the other hand, taking advantage of the respective contributions of the Chinese and French parties.
To design and conduct its activities, EBCI is led by a mixed team of French and Chinese business and education professionals and draws upon the expertise of renowned academic and professional experts. All courses, workshops and conferences gather international profiles to better understand the practices and innovations of the various Chinese economic sectors.
Since it was founded in 1819, the ESCP Business School has trained several generations of business leaders and executives. With its six urban campuses, in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, and its deeply anchored European identity, ESCP runs inter-cultural management programmes inspired by a comprehensive overview in international management.
Every year, ESCP takes in 6,300 students and 5,000 executives from 100 different countries, enlarging their knowledge on a broad range of generalist and specialized management courses (Bachelor, Master, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and continuing education).
Founded in 1941, Beijing Foreign Studies University or the BFSU, known as Bei Wai, is a prestigious Chinese University under the guidance of the State Ministry of Education. As the first foreign language University, offering most of the language programs in the country, it excels in teaching and studying foreign languages and literature, as well as oversea sinology, and provides professionals with top-level language competencies and an overall vision.
More than 70 years later, over 90,000 people have graduated from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. BFSU alumni are well-known for Chinese diplomacy circles. Around 400 ambassadors and over 1,000 counselors graduated from BFSU. BFSU is thus known as “Cradle of Diplomats”.