Laura Villette appointed Director of ParisTech in China

Laura Villette took up her position on 2nd September 2019. She succeeds Sylvain Ferrari, who had completed his 5-year term in the role. Based in Shanghai, Laura Villette will work across China to promote and develop projects organised in conjunction with the ParisTech graduate engineering schools. She will also support the ParisTech schools in their bilateral relations with their Chinese partners.

Her main objectives are to:

  • Develop attractive partnerships with universities and institutions which reflect both China’s ambitions and the standards of excellence which are characteristic of French schools
  • Consolidate the network and raise the profile of ParisTech within local networks (trade associations, networks of Chinese graduates returning from overseas, etc.)
  • Support the Franco-Chinese institutes (SPEIT, BUCT-Paris Curie Engineering School, ICARE) which showcase French expertise and act as “laboratories” for joint Franco-Chinese projects
  • Reinforce partnerships with French companies operating in China and also with Chinese companies in order to fulfil China’s specific training requirements.

Laura Villette has been working in China for more than ten years. She graduated from Sciences-Po Paris with a Master in Cultural Management, specialising in cinema and audiovisual media, and since 2007 has held various positions in China. In particular, she was Chinese Office Manager at the Beijing branch of Prevor, a French company specialising in chemical safety, and Vice Director of CFFCME (Franco-Chinese training centre for the energy sector) at the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, which has three partners in France (Académie de Créteil, University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Lycée Maximilien Perret d’Alfortville).

The ParisTech graduate schools have been active in China for 20 years via partnerships with academic institutions, companies and other organisations, joint annual recruitment campaigns, three Franco-Chinese institutes (in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing) and special programmes for doctoral students.

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