Alliance Centrale - Audencia - ENSA

A Strategic Alliance
Since 2014, École Centrale de Nantes, Audencia and Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes (ENSA Nantes) have formed a strategic alliance based on their complementary strengths. 
This alliance combines engineering, management, architecture and creation to enrich the three schools' teaching, research, corporate relations and international reach. 
The resulting value-creating hybridization of skills is fertile ground for the innovation process.

Legal Structure and Governance

Conférence lors du Citylab de l'Alliance

An association has been created to build bridges and enrich exchanges between the three schools. 
The presidency of the Alliance Centrale Audencia ensa Nantes operates on a rotating basis: the directors of the three schools take turns presiding over the Alliance. 
In the same spirit of cultural exchange, each director participates in the boards of directors of the other two schools. The operational implementation is ensured by a General Delegate, Jean-Pierre Elloy, General Delegate of the Alliance Centrale-Audencia-ensa, and a Steering Committee.

The Schools

Centrale Nantes

Centrale Nantes is a leading engineering school founded in 1919. It trains engineers, masters and doctoral students in academic courses based on the latest scientific and technological developments and the best management practices. It has a unique positioning among engineering schools, focusing on research, entrepreneurship and technology.


Founded in 1900, Audencia is one of Europe's leading business schools, with programs consistently ranked among the best in the world. EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accredited, Audencia is one of the few business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation, a testament to its commitment to teaching excellence. 
Since its inception, Audencia has been committed to educating and guiding the development of responsible future leaders and entrepreneurs, with a focus on giving meaning to their decisions and actions.

Ensa Nantes

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes is a public higher education and research institution of the French Ministry of Culture. It is one of 20 public schools in France that prepare students for the National Diploma of Architecture. It also offers other training courses in naval architecture and scenography, urban planning, and architectural and urban environments.