Experts from the French Ecole des Mines compiled a ranking of universities that produced the largest number of world-famous executives. The first place went to HEC Paris. This educational institution is an alma mater for Pierre Mariani (Franco-Belgian group Dexia), Henry de Castries (the largest French insurance group AXA), Baudouin Pro (BNP Paribas groupe). Also, graduate managers, graduates of HEC Paris, work today in senior positions in L'Oreal, the aerospace concern EADS, France Telecom, Electricite de France.
A total of 11 graduates of the French higher school are the heads of largest corporations of the world. Most of them have several diplomas. One of these is the ENA document. Thanks to this, the National French School of Administration fell into the ranking of prestigious universities in the world.
Famous graduates from Britain and France
In TOP-5 alma mater of successful top-managers of the world were the Paris Polytechnic Academy and Oxford. The French polytech was finished by Patrick Cron (machine-building concern Alstom), Pierre Henri-Gurjon (Air France - KLM Group), Philippe Varin (PSA Peugeot Citroen), Carlos Gon (alliance Renault-Nissan), Frederic Udea (Societe Generale). Oxford was attended by Howard Stringer (Sony, US representative office), Rupert Murdoch (media empire News Corp), Stephan Hester (Royal Bank of Scotland).
Closes the TOP-5 universities is the University of Nottingham. It was completed by top managers of the retail network Royal Ahold, energy company National Grid, pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline.
Education in Europe: career opportunities
The St. Gallen University was recognized as the most prestigious Swiss university by experts. He became an alma mater for many well-known top managers in Germany, in particular the heads of Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. In Germany, Cologne University became the leader of the ranking. In addition, career graduates reached graduates of universities in Hamburg, Göttingen, Ruhr.
Among the Austrian universities the greatest number of famous graduates is the Vienna University. Leaders of Strabag, OMV Group, Siemens studied there. In Italy, according to the number of best graduates, Bocconi University is the leader. Here, the managers of the banking groups Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit, the cellular company Vodafone, the energy giant ENI received education there.
Features of the ranking
Ecole des Mines experts analyzed 500 corporations worldwide (according to Fortune magazine). Specialists estimated the number of graduates of prestigious universities, which occupy leading positions in companies today. The ranking caused a lot of controversy. According to experts of the French portal Capital.FR, the classification compiled by Ecole des Mines is difficult to assess as an expert one. Top-managers of companies graduated from universities 25 - 30 years ago. Their career path was far from always dependent on the received diploma.