European School of Economics,

a school for pragmatic dreamers

The European School of Economics is a business school that wants to train pragmatic dreamer

“I dreamt a school that believes that happiness is economy, that teaches that the ‘dream’ is the most real thing there is, that only a man capable of dreaming can create wealth. A school where a new generation of leaders can learn that economics is the art of dreaming”. It is the manifesto of the economist, philosopher and artist Elio D’Anna, founder of the European School of Economics. In the last thirty years the institution has followed the dream of a revolutionary educational model, a school of Being able to overturn the traditional educational system, cultivating the art of dreaming: “A school oriented towards the individual, which prepares philosophers of action, capable of nurturing the dream of a global economy and a policy of planetary responsibility, aware that its improvement is a condition for any progress in society,” D’Anna tells us.

And again: “The European School of Economics is a business school that wants to train pragmatic dreamers, visionary men capable of giving substance to the impossible, capable of creating wealth and supporting it. Because Happiness is Economics: only happy men can create a stable and prosperous society”. This is in the business school’s vision the preparation of the future: a “second education” that does not traditionally teach, but reminds students of their uniqueness, the creativity that will allow them to govern themselves first and then the world around them.

The ESE follows the principle “Small Classes, Big Care”: it takes care of every single student through a path of personal growth, an individual revolution that manages to “bring out” (ex-duco – educate) from every individual his own exceptionality, reinventing the rules of the economy towards a more sustainable future.

ESE programmes are designed to amplify students’ potential through specific modules and a variety of learning activities, exploring the themes of happiness, creative leisure and the Inner economy. The learning model does not stop at a simple academic preparation in the principles of economics, management, marketing or finance: the aim of ESE is the development of “Inner Being”, to take care of oneself, others, the whole world and the future. In this vision there is no such thing as any human achievement, be it economic, social or scientific, that has not been preceded by an inner conquest. In the same way, the scientific knowledge of a nation, as well as its well-being and the development of its institutions are a reflection of its level of consciousness, its ideas and the richness of its values, the strength and nature of its convictions.

ESE’s main pillars are based on these principles: study programmes totally in English validated by the University of Chichester ( UK ); the possibility of taking advantage of an extraordinary international intra-campus experience ( six centres to choose from: Milan, Florence, Rome, Madrid, London and New York ); an international Faculty made up of entrepreneurs and professionals from various sectors; and, again, curricular internships in leading companies at a global level, which lead the student into the world of work, anticipating their placement.

In 2020 an innovative internship project called “Smart Internship” was launched, born from the impossibility to carry out the traditional internship due to the recent health crisis. Smart Internship connects each student with their company tutor through virtual meetings, with the aim of developing a shared project, coordinated by the Internship ESE office. All of this allows the student to develop organizational autonomy and time management skills, guaranteeing the company the creative contribution of ESE students.

Another innovative project, which well represents the School’s motto “visibilia ex invisibilibus” (true knowledge comes from within) is ExDuco: an opportunity for ESE students to show their talents and share knowledge and skills with their classmates, becoming teachers for a day.

These foundations, on which ESE’s method of education has been based from the outset, are, at this very specific time, essential to continue to provide high quality education, together with the guarantee of the safety and health of all students in each centre.

As a private business school, the European School of Economics guarantees a maximum number of 12 students per class. We are therefore able to meet all the rules of social distancing, thus giving all our students the opportunity to enter a totally safe environment.

Students are always assisted by the Student Affairs department, which provides individual, attentive and constant support. The international atmosphere that one can feel in the Campus and the many extra-academic activities organized and coordinated by the various departments enrich the course, making it unique and of great educational value.


European School of Economics, una scuola per sognatori pragmatici


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