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Designing Europe: ESCP students learn about economic and social reform in the heart of Europe




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Designing Europe is an interactive and immersive learning experience for ESCP Business School's Master in Management students. It aims to show how the institutional workings of the EU can serve the major change we need to achieve.

This year, against the backdrop of forthcoming European elections in June, over 1,200 ESCP Master’s in Management students from its 5 European campuses (Paris-London-Berlin-Turin-Madrid) will be introduced to the EU institutions, and will work on a topical theme in The Parliament: the Green Deal.

ESCP trains its future leaders on workings of EU

For the sixteenth year running, some 1,240 students from ESCP's Master in Management program have the opportunity to take part in a simulated European parliamentary session, on March 6 and 7, 2024. Through role-play exercises, Designing Europe enables students to understand the practical workings of the EU. Playing the part of an MEP,, each student joins in negotiations - in English - culminating in a vote and the adoption of a draft resolution by the European Parliament. Delegation representatives take to the floor to defend their proposals, which are discussed during debates. The students then present their projects to the bar and defend them like real MEPs

The project aims to raise awareness of EU institutions and processes among the school's future leaders.

Designing Europe stages:

Online course to understand the basics of how European institutions work ;

On-campus presentation on law voting simulation game and the role-play

Law voting simulation game with 4 hours of workshops per delegation on the first day: students play their part and draft a contribution to the final resolution (presented and voted the next day in plenary session).


Designing Europe aims to help students understand:

The logic and positions of European institutional players;

How EU decisions are negotiated and adopted

The major challenges faced by the EU, particularly in the economic, social and environmental fields (for example, through the implementation of the European Green Deal).

A teaching exercise that reinforces ESCP's European model

One of the main added values of Designing Europe is to promote European studies, beyond specialized higher education courses (in political science or European law), by targeting students at an international business school. The scheme also helps develop a sense of European belonging among students and the university community as a whole.

"Over and above the knowledge imparted, students also strengthen their soft skills. It's a real learning-by-doing experience. Designing Europe must be the key European component of their study program within our training program, based on a sophisticated combination of courses and practical experience, in a multicultural context", emphasizes Yves Bertoncini, consultant in European affairs, affiliated professor and pedagogical coordinator of Designing Europe.

"This initiative is much appreciated by our students, and reinforces our European identity and the DNA of our school, which aims to train future international managers. At a time when we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of our European model, Designing Europe is ideally suited to the mixing of cultures and information. We are therefore proud to be uniting our campuses, thanks to this project, for European excellence, openness to the world and progress. At a time when major environmental, social and technological transformations are reminding us of the importance of European institutions, we are convinced of the importance of working towards the commitment of our students who, tomorrow, will be ready to have a real impact on our society" concludes Léon Laulusa, ESCP's Managing Director.

About ESCP Business School

ESCP Business School was founded in 1819. The School has chosen to teach responsible leadership, open to the world and based on European multiculturalism. Six campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw are the stepping stones that allow students to experience this European approach to management.

Several generations of entrepreneurs and managers have been trained in the firm belief that the business world may feed society in a positive way.

This conviction and ESCP’s values - excellence, singularity, creativity and plurality - daily guide our mission and build its pedagogical vision.

Every year, ESCP welcomes 10,000+ students and 5,000 managers from 130 different nationalities. Its strength lies in its many business training programmes, both general and specialised (Bachelor, Master, MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education), all of which include a multi-campus experience.

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