About Us


When the school was first founded in 1999 as Thames Business School it offered the innovative “twinning” program. This enabled E.S.A. students to do their first two years of college in the Philippines and then transfer overseas to complete their degree. Since then, numerous E.S.A. students have graduated with international degrees from universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, the United States, and New Zealand.

In 2002, the school became one of the first to offer an entrepreneurship program. The uniqueness of the program aimed to mentor young individuals to successfully start and run their own businesses in their final year of study. E.S.A also established progression pathways in 2006 with various international universities. These pathways allow our graduates to automatically progress to a master’s program (MA/MSc) at an overseas affiliate.

In 2010 the school launched its own unique Communication Arts program with the aim of developing creative individuals with a business-entrepreneurial mindset for the mass communication industries with a focus on PR-advertising and digital film making.



The School seeks to develop novus ordus – a new order of business professionals, enlivened by a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, possessing skills, knowledge, and attitudes that reflect the best of  human values to work toward a just and more equitable society.

E.S.A. aims to become a leader in entrepreneurship, business, and media education in the region.


There is an ever-increasing demand from industry for college graduates to immediately make contributions with minimal training. ESA acknowledges and addresses this reality through its curriculum content, methodology, and faculty-practitioners, balancing current theories with real world practices. An integral part of the learning that all students undergo throughout their stay is the application of the skills and knowledge in the real world by planning, implementing, and evaluating solutions to actual problems, whether it is in business, entrepreneurship, or mass communication.

Ever since its foundation, the school has always firmly believed that developing leaders for tomorrow’s environment requires more than a typical curriculum. Business skills and knowledge need to be complemented with appropriate values and attitudes. For organizations to stay ahead, its leaders need to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and embrace intelligent risk-taking.

Developing such leaders entails a holistic formation program. The school’s unique formation program aims to create leaders with a responsible and entrepreneurial spirit – constantly searching for opportunities and adopting different approaches to find better solutions.


The school aims to develop practitioners that are capable of applying their acquired skills and knowledge in a responsible manner towards identifying problems and opportunities to ultimately developing solutions and strategies.

Although the latest theories and concepts are taken up, students ultimately need to be able to apply them in order to progress throughout the programs.


E.S.A. aims to develop business people who will make a positive impact on society. An integral objective of the Entrepreneurial Formation Program --- which all students go through is to instill and pursue the triple bottom line: people, planet, profits. In line with it's mission, the school aims to develop professionals who can make a positive contribution to society.



The Experiential Action Learning system is a fusion of various learning processes which emphasize the students' roles and actual experiences in the learning process.

Throughout the curricula and programs, students are required to apply in varying degrees the concepts taken up in class. Emphasis is also placed on the development of creative problem-solving and intelligent decision-making abilities.

Students are made to take on a major role in determining the type of projects to implement. Such projects progressively become more complex and gradually require greater integration of knowledge and skills as the students advance through their program curriculum. At each stage, students are made to reflect on their experience, which becomes the basis of pushing themselves to move up further. For guidance and motivation, students are provided with mentors during the course of their studies.


College is a journey. To guide students through that journey, mentors are assigned to students upon entering. One of the strengths of E.S.A. is that it is a small community where administrators and faculty know each and every student frequently interact with each other outside the classroom.

Initially, students are provided academic advice, are helped in setting realistic goals and expectations, assisted on time management, study techniques and directed towards living a more balanced student life. Toward the latter part of their program, students are assigned business mentors who will provide business advice for their work projects or start-ups.


Every E.S.A. student goes through the school's unique core curriculum. This ensures that all students, regardless of major, receive the same essential tools and training that will help them in whichever career path they eventually pursue.  (See below for more details)


In addition to mentoring, small class sizes provide students the opportunity to receive greater attention from the faculty - the average class size is about 14 students. 

Although freshman classes tend to be larger, as students move higher into their program, the class sizes become smaller contributing to better interaction and guidance from faculty.


An essential part of the school's core curriculum are the Social Entrepreneurship Experience and Business Ethics courses. These courses require students to take part in identifying, planning, and implementing socially relevant and responsive projects. The aim of such projects is to help effect positive change by improving the lives of various underprivileged communities or the broader natural environment.

A significant number of such projects, such as the very successful annual "Teenpreneur Challenge", are carried out together with the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship Education (I4SEE) and other partner institutions.


E.S.A. fosters a small tightly-knit community environment. Everybody knows everybody else. With similar aspirations and challenges, students support each other by providing inspiration, ideas, solutions, contacts, suppliers, customers, and even capital at times.

An essential feature of the E.S.A. community is the good rapport students have with the core faculty, mentors, and administrators who can be approached freely and who take time to know every student and at times, even their parents. The whole community collaborates typically even after students graduate. Numerous alumni have gone on to establish additional business ventures together.