What are the missions of a general delegate? Is this a newly-created position or an established one in ParisTech?
Émile Lorre held this position up till last December. Like him, I must see to the administrative and financial management of the foundation and lead the team of delegates. Working full-time for ParisTech, I must also monitor projects that were delegated to schools in 2016, propose a strategy for ParisTech, and implement it.
How do you work: means/teams/coordination of actions with schools…?
This is primarily networking. I work with the three directors who make up the bureau, the founding committee, the delegates – each of whom monitors the Commission relevant to their competence (Communication, Diversity, Education, International) – and the ParisTech Foundation in matters of corporate relations. It’s the schools, first and foremost, lead the projects; the Foundation comes in to provide support. So I’m currently working on meeting the various players.
What were you doing before you became ParisTech’s General Delegate?
For eight years, I worked in teaching and research at the University, I defended my thesis in German civilization in 2002. Then, after a Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA), I spent eight years at the Ministry of Research, five of which on European and international affairs. Finally, I spent three years contributing to the deployment of the Court of Audits’ new information system before joining ParisTech on 01 June.
What ambitions are there for ParisTech? What major projects do you wish to launch over the next two years?
ParisTech’s schools share common values and have been working together for a long time. Faced with changes in the higher education landscape, they are currently reviewing their position in relation to the COMUE (France’s “Groups of universities and institutions”). However, ParisTech remains a one-of-a-kind sharing and exchange place for these engineering schools. They must reclaim this tool and this brand, share and value good practices, develop joint projects, position themselves as a think tank and lobby. These are the actions that constitute the ParisTech brand’s added value. For example, we’re working with ATHENS partners on two European projects, and the ParisTech schools would also like to implant themselves in Africa, which raises the issue of the Bachelor’s degree and of teaching in English. Student recruiting in China, Brazil, Colombia and Russia, even in Iran, must be developed, and the three school-driven Franco-Chinese Institutes – SPEIT, ICARE, BUCT-Paris Curie Engineering School – must be supported. The RACINE network needs to develop its engineering specialization in the courses it offers. Bonds with the Institut Villebon-Georges Charpak, created by ParisTech, must be strengthened, and actions fostering social diversity must be bolstered. Finally, there are five Chairs that enjoy the support of the ParisTech Foundation: two Chairs (eco-design, urban mining) must be renewed this year; new Chairs must be created.
What especially do you like about this position? What are the challenges?
First, I am very happy to return to the sphere of higher education and research, and to get closer to the operational level, even if the projects remain in the hands of the schools and the foundation’s participation is more one of strategy management. It’s important that ParisTech’ added value be shown, that the Commissions’ work – for example, on civic engagement – be decompartmentalized, that school cohesion, at all levels – administrative and academic staff, students, alumni – be strengthened, and also that we show that ParisTech does not compete with the COMUE but, on the contrary, that it can give them an extra touch of soul. The ParisTech network is an asset for all of us. I invite anyone who is interested to join us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
While international mobility has undergone significant changes in recent years, what mechanisms has ParisTech implemented to remain competitive and recruit the best? What have been the main flows in recent years, the modes of selection, the common actions carried out by our schools, and with what perspectives in mind?
Joint interview with JEAN-FRANÇOIS NAVINIER, Director of International Relations at Télécom ParisTech and ParisTech Coordinator for Latin America and SYLVAIN FERRARI, Director of ParisTech China.
What is ParisTech’s international strategy?
JFN: Each school has its own international strategy. But they work together within ParisTech to recruit international students, to develop double degrees and foster their students’ outgoing mobility, to develop partnerships in Europe and, finally, to project themselves on the international stage with implantations.
SF: ParisTech has been present in China since 1999. Our strategy revolves around five axes: academic partnerships with 12 of the best science and engineering universities, relations with French companies (e.g. partnerships with Safran, Valeo, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Ardian) or local ones, the alumni network (2,200 alumni in China), institutional relations, especially with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and four Franco-Chinese Institutes (FCI).
What is ParisTech’s main recruiting method?
JFN: ParisTech schools have been pooling the recruiting of international students in their engineering courses for over 20 years (“coordinated recruiting”), in association with leading academic partners in the target countries – China, Brazil, Colombia, Russia. Students admitted to this program after their bachelor’s degree enter France’s engineering cycle in its second year. They obtain their diploma from the ParisTech host school along with, if they follow a double-degree course, the master’s or engineer’s degree from their home university. So we recruit some 40 students a year in Brazil, some fifteen in Colombia, a hundred in China, and a dozen in Russia.
SF: In 2000, ParisTech set up a partnership in China with 9 of the best Chinese universities, and three more joined them in 2011/2012. Since 2000, over 1,300 Chinese students have been recruited by ParisTech schools.
« I am pleased to present the second issue of our ParisTech Newsletter.
When I was elected President on September 12th, I already had strong faith in our network because of the many common values our schools share.
Whether the issue is training (curriculum based on these same principles, with strong interaction with companies and a heavy emphasis on research, recruiting of our students at similar levels, whether in France or abroad, the promotion of diversity, pursuit of doctoral studies, ongoing-education actions for teaching staff…), international projection (coordinated recruiting, partnership agreements with higher education institutions of excellence or funding agencies….), or corporate relations (chairs, joint institutes…), ParisTech has been able to rely on these values to implement many projects of interest to our institutions, in total congruence with their respective site policies.
This issue, dedicated specifically to international strategy, shows once again that for 20 years, the actions we are conducting together have allowed us to be a frontrunning partner of major universities and companies around the world. »
président of ParisTech
On 20 September, the 91 students of SPEIT’s new Class were received by the Vice-President of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The opening ceremony also provided an opportunity to gather together SPEIT’s patrons (Valeo, PSA, SAFRAN, ARDIAN) and a few other companies with which the school has collaborated: Faurecia, Framatome, Ubisoft, Rockwell Automation, as well as Alibaba, with whom discussions are underway to sign a MoU.
The ARDIAN Excellence Awards (managed by the Foundation of the École Polytechnique) were awarded in the presence of the company's representative.
Scholarships from the University of Jiao Tong were also granted to the four 1st-year international students.
France is hosting the European Ministerial Conference on Higher Education on 24 and 25 May 2018. This will bring together the ministers of the 48 signatory States to the “Bologna Declaration” on the convergence of higher-education systems in Europe: an opportunity to take stock of the concrete changes brought about over more than 20 years by the Bologna process, the new developments expected following the Conference, and the opportunities for our institutions.
Graduands from the ParisTech Masters in Transport and Sustainable Development (known as TRADD) and Mobility and Electric Vehicles (known as MVE), met up at their graduation ceremony, accompanied by their families.
On 12th December 2014 the 2014 graduands from the TRADD and MVE Masters courses were awarded their degrees in the Fournel Amphitheatre at Arts et Métiers ParisTech.
The ceremony was one of the highlights in the partnership between ParisTech and the Renault Foundation. Representatives from ParisTech, the ParisTech Grandes Écoles and the Renault Foundation – our partner for both Masters courses – were present to congratulate the graduands:
- Emeric Fortin, Coordinator of the Masters in Transport and Sustainable Development, École des Ponts ParisTech
- Philippe Degobert, Coordinator of the Masters in Mobility and Electric Vehicles, Arts et Métiers ParisTech
- Claire Martin, Director of the Renault Foundation
- Jean-Philippe Vanot, President of ParisTech
- Armel de la Bourdonnaye, Director of École des Ponts ParisTech
- Jérôme Adnot, Director of Education at MINES ParisTech
- Marie Pruvost, Director of Education at École des Ponts ParisTech
Fifteen different nationalities were represented in the student body. All of them spoke of the richness of their experience, in both academic and social terms. They were keen to thank the teaching staff and the Renault Foundation for their support.
Masters courses which address societal challenges
Both these Masters aim to prepare future engineers for tackling the challenges in the transport sector, whether in research, studies, design or operations.
Congratulations to the young graduates!
The 2014 Welcome Day, a welcome evening for the international students recruited by ParisTech, was held on 9 October at Arts et Métiers ParisTech. This event brought together nearly 80 incoming students.
Elisabeth Crépon, Director of ENSTA ParisTech and responsible for the ParisTech International Committee, presided over the ceremony. She took the opportunity to confirm that the Institute's policy will continue to strive for excellence. This concept is applied with respect to its lecturers, researchers, and foreign partners, but also in the selection of its students.
Many stakeholders took part in the event. Among them were representatives from the Brazilian, Chinese, and Russian embassies, who all expressed the support of their respective country for ParisTech's international programmes. Former students from the co-ordinated recruitment programmes in Brazil and China talked about their experience in France and in the ParisTech Grandes Écoles.
Jean-Luc Clément, from the delegation for International and European Relations and Co-operation from the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Research was also present, and expressed the support of his ministry for the international activities of French institutions.