A school at the heart of networks
Chimie ParisTech, a member of the PSL University (Paris Sciences and Letters), is involved in inter-school and inter-university networks in France and in Europe.
The ties that the school has established over the years with other schools or universities aim to strengthen the cooperation between teachers, facilitate the establishment of new courses, promote student exchanges and expand the school’s national and international reach.
ParisTech, the network of French graduate engineering schools
ParisTech brings together seven prestigious French engineering schools (AgroParisTech, Arts et Métiers, Chimie ParisTech – PSL, École des Ponts ParisTech, ESPCI Paris – PSL, Institut d’Optique and Mines Paris – PSL) that work together to enrich and promote the excellent French engineering education worldwide and to train students in engineering for the environmental, digital and energy transition.
The ParisTech network includes 12,500 students, 1,700 PhD candidates, 90,000 alumni, 75 nationalities and more than 50 partner universities around the world.
The network is developing various programs based on five common values – excellence, international openness, social openness, innovation and solidarity: exchange of best practices, recruitment of international students, outgoing mobility, short cross-mobility in Europe (ATHENS), pedagogical training of the academic staff (RACINE), support for social diversity (Cordées de la réussite), etc.
The fact that the schools’ curriculum and research are complementary to each other allows for a unique transdisciplinarity and the design and implementation of projects between its members. This led to Chimie ParisTech signing a dual-degree agreement with AgroParisTech and ESPCI.
Two chair positions have been created:
- The “Urban Mines” teaching and research chair with Ecosystèmes, which includes Chimie ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and Arts et Métiers ParisTech.
- The “Nuclear Engineering” academic chair supported by ORANO and FRAMATOME, in which Chimie ParisTech and ENSTA ParisTech are involved. These two are also involved in the Master Nuclear Energy, with Chimie ParisTech coordinating the “fuel cycle” specialty.
Internationally, ParisTech is the privileged interlocutor of many major universities through partnership agreements and targeted joint actions. Chimie ParisTech has several dual-degree agreements and takes part in several recruitment activities with this context in mind.
European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science Alliance (EELISA)
EELISA (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance) is one of the 41 European Universities funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. It aims to bring engineering to the European level, to deploy the citizenship capabilities of all students through Communities, to encourage inclusion and diversity through, for example, apprenticeships and a stronger connection with the non-academic world.
Research and innovation provide a strong foundation for the development of sustainable partnerships between participants.
Fédération Gay-Lussac (FGL)
The Fédération Gay-Lussac (FGL), created in 1994, is a thematic network of 20 engineering schools in the field of chemistry. This network increases the visibility of its members and can push concrete actions for the benefit of the engineers’ training. The schools meet regularly to discuss their practices and be advocates of their field. These schools’ students have the option of studying in another school of their choice when in their third year. Chimie ParisTech also integrates six students from the Fédération Gay-Lussac’s preparatory classes in the first year.
Chimie Pékin is an initiative from the Fédération; Anouk Galtayries, teacher research at Chimie ParisTech, serves as its co-director.
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
The National Center for Scientific Research (“Centre national de la recherche scientifique” in French) is Chimie ParisTech’s main research partner. Its 3 laboratories are under joint supervision with the CNRS and include nearly forty members of its staff.
Tremplin Carnot IPGG
The Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute is a research center dedicated to microfluidics and its applications. In an effort to further develop its research, it focuses on a cross-disciplinary theme to bring experts who complete each other around the same projects, such as physicists, biologists, chemists and technologists. Bringing all these talents and experts together enables it to benefit from a wide range of skills
The Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute (IPGG) has received two Future Investments awards (Équipex et Labex PSL) and was inaugurated in 2016.
Having all this knowledge and expertise at their disposal has positioned the IPGG as one of today’s world leaders in the field of microfluidics. It is now in many partnerships with prestigious universities and companies alike. The institute also counts 18 research teams attached to the Curie Institute, Chimie ParisTech, the Ecole Normale Supérieure and ESPCI Paris, all four of whom are members of the Paris Sciences & Letters University.
Chimie ParisTech’s Plasma Processes and Microsystems (2PM) team is present at the IPGG under Michael Tatoulian’s guidance, from the IRCP laboratory.
Conférence des Directeurs des Écoles Françaises d’Ingénieurs (CDEFI)
Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools
An institutional conference set up as an association under the 1901 Act, the CDEFI represents all the directors of institutions, or components of institutions, public and private, accredited by the Commission des titres d’ingénieur (CTI) to issue the title of engineer. The CDEFI was created in 1976 for the purpose of representing engineering schools and technology universities at the French government, the European Union and international organizations.
Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI)
Commission on Engineering Qualifications
The CTI is an independent body commissioned by French law since 1934 to evaluate all engineering courses, to improve the quality of the coursework and to promote the title of engineer and the profession in France and abroad. One of its responsibilities is to periodically evaluate all engineering courses of French institutions in the country in order to certify them and thus allow them to issue the title of Graduate Engineer.
Chimie ParisTech’s accreditation for its engineering degree was renewed in 2018.
Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU)
Conference of University Presidents
The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) is an association under the 1901 Act that brings together the executive heads of universities and higher education and research institutions to speak on behalf of and represent the values of universities in public debate. The CPU has the ability to make proposals and to negotiate with public authorities, different higher education and research networks, economic and social partners and national and international institutions. With this power, it responds to changes in the world of higher education and research and proposes elements of transformation.
Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE)
Created in 1973, the CGE (association under the 1901 Act) includes 285 members including 223 prestigious universities (engineer, management, architecture, design, political studies institute, etc.) all recognized by the State and awarding a master’s degree. Some of them also award PhD’s and national master’s degrees on their own. The Conférence des grandes écoles is a think tank that promotes the collective expertise of its members and the role of prestigious universities on the higher education and research scene. It publishes reports, studies and surveys that refer to the national plan and it ensures the representation of its members among public authorities, the actors of the economy and society. Finally, the CGE is an academic accrediting body (Specialized Master’s, MSc, BADGE, CQC) for its members. It ensures compliance with its fundamental principles (excellence, professional integration, international openness, academic accreditation, etc.) and ensures the quality of programs.
The alumni association was created over a century ago and boasts about 3,500 members. Along with the School’s management, its objective is to improve Chimie ParisTech’s reputation and promote its programs. It’s also part of the Board of Directors and can therefore be involved in important strategic decisions, such as the recent changes made to the entrance examination.
In order to promote ENSCP as France’s leading chemical engineering school and expand its international reach, the association actively participates not only in the creation of PSL Alumni (the Alumni Association of PSL University, of which the association is a founding member), but also to increasing the recognition of ParisTech’s brand internationally.
The association has the following advantages to animate its network of Alumni:
- a reliable database that is updated regularly and a directory that is published each year and made available to contributing members,
- strong relationships with internationally renowned companies. Alumni are actively consulted by the school’s management team to make sure that the education provided is in line with the technological and societal changes that the industry continually faces,
- financial resources acquired through contributions, donations and legacies that give the association the necessary means to offer services designed to maintain the esprit de corps developed not only during each class’ programs, but also between the generations of graduates.
Even though the Association is only made up of engineers who have already graduated, it is aware that the strength and spirit that animate its network must be instilled as soon as students start their studies at Chimie Paristech. Its activities focus on supporting the alumni community and active students alike. Here are the core services provided by the association:
- An employment/career unit managed by Alumni who are working in human resources and who make themselves available to graduates in order to help them run their professional projects. They select and publish job offers for both in France and abroad,
- This unit, alongside the Department of Studies, also organizes round tables for 1st and 3rd-year students during which guest alumni share their professional experiences,
- It organizes the biennial science day and award ceremony which rewards Alumni who have demonstrated exceptional scientific or managerial qualities,
- It offers support to Alumni who develop their projects through the Innovariat incubator, the first to be specialized in chemistry in France, by directly matching project leaders with Alumni who have targeted and recognized skills,
- It also tutors individual students to help them build their career paths as part of the program
- Dues are used to subsidize the students’ activities in the Association via the BDE (integration and disintegration weekends, or sports and charitable activities), and to organize the graduation ceremony (the individual commemorative medal, the valedictorian award and the award to the student who has demonstrated the highest commitment to the Association),
- Donations and legacies are used to offer zero-interest loans to facilitate access to housing or help students finance their internships abroad.
Messages from alumni
“Joining the Chimie ParisTech Alumni Association is becoming an integral part of one of the 10 most active networks of engineering schools. It will be useful to you throughout your professional career. If it doesn’t contribute to your success directly, it will give you the opportunity to let your classmates contribute to your own success.”