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Our History

INSEAD 50th Anniversary LogoIn the space of five decades, INSEAD has developed from an entrepreneurial venture to an internationally regarded institution.
Here are some of the key events in our history.

1957 INSEAD founded, three months after the signing of the Treaty of Rome
1959 First MBA intake in Fontainebleau

First MBA graduates: 52 students from 14 countries

INSEAD Alumni Association created

1967 Opening of the school's campus on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau
1968 First Executive Education programme
1971 Creation of CEDEP, the European Centre for Continuing Education
1974 First programme on Asian business
1976 Launch of the INSEAD Alumni Fund
1980 INSEAD Euro-Asia Centre opens in Fontainebleau
1983 MBA programme begins dual intake - January and September
1987 Announcement of the INSEAD - Fundacao Dom Cabral Partnership with the launching of two programmes for Brazilian Executives.
1989 Launch of the PhD programme
1995 Launch of the first INSEAD development campaign
2000 First Singapore MBA class - 53 students from 26 countries - and opening of Asia Campus Development campaign raises €118 million in corporate and individual donation
2001 Announcement of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance and first MBA participant exchanges
2003 Launch of the INSEAD Executive MBA programme
2004 Opening of the Plessis Mornay Learning Space in Fontainebleau Launch of the second INSEAD development campaign
2005 Phase two of the Asia Campus inaugurated
2006 INSEAD centre for research opened in Caesarea, Israel
2007 INSEAD centre opened in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and launch of a dual degree Executive MBA with Tsinghua, China

INSEAD celebrates its 50th Anniversary commemorating its Founders and its first MBA programme

2010 INSEAD's Abu Dhabi Centre attains Campus status and the Asia Campus celebrates its 10th Anniversary
2011 Launch of dual degree with Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington, D.C. (MA and MBA)
2012 Launch of Master in Finance specialised degree
2015 Inauguration of the Leadership Development Centre, Asia Campus

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