The Conférence des Grandes Écoles is a non-profit association of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities. All the Grandes Écoles are recognised by the State and offer a nationally-certified degree upon completion of five years of post-Baccalaureate study, at Master's level. Its members also include companies, alumni associations and organisations.
The CGE accredits its members' educational programmes (post-master Master's, MSc, BADGE) and uses its quality label as a guarantee that these programmes meet the expectations of the labour market and to promote the development and influence of all forms of higher education and research institutions both in France and abroad with a view towards excellence, in partnership with the public authorities, economic players and civil society.
Admission to the CGE is dependent on satisfying particularly stringent criteria relating to structure, recruitment methods, teaching methods and support provided to students in the institutions. The Conférence des Grandes Écoles has taken the decision, on ethical grounds, not to release information which would allow comparisons or classifications of its member schools.