Graduation ceremony Institute Villebon


The Institute Villebon-Georges Charpak

Building on its commitment to fight for social access and equal opportunities, ParisTech has taken the initiative in collaboration with the University Paris Descartes, the Université Paris-Saclay, and the ParisTech Foundation to create the Institut Villebon-Georges Charpak.

Known as Idefi (Initiatives for excellence) in innovative training as part of future investments the Institut welcomed its 1st intake of students in September 2013 made up of:

  • 70 % of scholarship students

  • 45 % of girls

  • 30 % of technology graduates

 Social access, innovative teaching (project-based teaching) and inter-disciplinarity are the keys to the success of this institute which aims to make the best of French higher education available to young people from less privileged backgrounds.

A flagship project for diversity  

The Institut Villebon-Georges Charpak aims to accommodate motivated and curious students, who did not show their potential at high school.

It offers a new way of learning which aims to whet the curiosity of the students and their awareness of the sciences, but also to encourage them to pursue longer studies.
It aims to give inter-disciplinary skills in engineering sciences to its students: high priority is given to experimental practice and to students working on subjects which make use of different disciplines.

The Institut Villebon-Georges Charpak receives or received support via the ParisTech Foundation from:

  • Fondation Groupe ADP
  • Fondation Egis
  • Orange
  • Orano
  • Société Générale
  • SNCF
  • Wavestone