Groupe des Ecoles Centrales 09/03/2008. Centrale Pékin. Scientific Higher Education in France: a two-track system. EGIM, membre associé. PhD programmes. Master degree. Degree of « Ingénieur » (Master degree). « Grande Ecole » 3 « Grande Ecole » 2 « Grande Ecole » 1 CPGE 2 CPGE 1.
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Degree of « Ingénieur » (Master degree)
« Grande Ecole » 3
« Grande Ecole » 2
« Grande Ecole » 1
National competitive examination
Non-selective admission to universities and
admission to 5 year course engineering schools
Selection for « Grande Ecole » track
Scientific « baccalauréat » (150 000)
Class of age (760 000)
The French Grandes Ecoles
More than 60% of CEOs of the 100 major French companies are graduates of Grandes Écoles
2 year common core course + 1 year elective pre-specialisation course
Administrative Council, project activities, full-time internships, research contracts
Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur
Size: 6 500 graduate students
1 570 master degrees per year
600 full-time academic staff
2000 visiting or part-time lecturers
500 technical & administrative staff
Budget : 110 million euros
60% public / 40% private
Research : 650 PhD students
260 full-time researchers
42 million euros
Alumni: 20 000 professionally active graduates
Age class 760 000
Baccalauréat 470 000
Scientific Baccalauréat 150 000
Admission to CPGE 23 000
Candidates for EcolesCentrales admission 12 000
Rank of last student admitted 2 400
Number of places at EcolesCentrales 1 350
Ecole Centrale Ph. D. degree process
PhD year 3
PhD year 2
PhD year 1
Ecole Centrale Engineering degree (M.Sc)
Junior / Senior Executive courses
(Year 5) : Centrale Advanced course
M.Sc. Year 2
(Year 4) : Centrale Generalist core course
M.Sc. Year 1
(Year 3) : Centrale Generalist core course
(Year 2) : CPGE (maths/physics)
(Year 1) : CPGE (maths/physics)
Selection of top 10%
French scientific « Baccalauréat »
activities of engineers
The international double degree combines
“The fox knows many things,
but the hedgehog knows one great thing” Archilochusπόλλ' οἶδ ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ' ἐχῖνος ἓν μέγα
Core course = 1800 contact hours+ company placements50% 50%
International training Fundamental Sciences
(physics, mathematics, chemistry)
Management training economics, law ..
Technical & Applied Sciences
Projects / (electronics, mechanical engineering,
experimental work materials, TIC ..)
Pre-specialisation course + 6 month company placement (final year engineering project)“Generalist” science and engineering training
Advanced study = 900 contact hours + thesis
Core course = 1800 contact hours + internships
gTraining for international gFundamental sciences
experience (physics, mathematics, chemistry,
gSocial sciences/ training human sciences, economics, etc.)
for professional activity
gTechnological and applied sciences
gProjects and (electronics, civil engineering,
laboratory work materials, information technology, etc.)
Undergraduate programme (CPGE)
Career prospects curriculum
- 2/3 work in industry
- 1/3 work in services
consultancy 11.4 %
information technology services 9.1 %
banks, finance, insurance 8.8 %
project engineering 6.8 %
research & development 6.6 %
automobile industry 6.4 %
building & public works 5.4 %
energy 5.4 %
chemical & pharmaceuticals 5.0 %
Research at the Ecoles Centrales curriculum
Micro- & Nano-
Partnerships for MSc / PhD Degrees
650 PhD students
200 PhDs awarded each year
Solid state and
Automatic Control Systems &
KM & Information
Each year :
80 visiting professors within the five Ecoles Centrale
90 partner universities on all continents.
Mobility is a very important and fruitful
stage in students’educational careers
U. Catholique de Louvain
U. Libre de Bruxelles
USP Sao Paolo
Research cooperation with Brazil within
« College Doctoral Franco-Bresilien »
Ecole Centrale Pékin curriculum
In 2004, the Chinese Ministry of Education asked the Groupe des Ecoles Centrales to set up an Ecole Centrale in China
A spin-off from the success of the « 4+4 » Double-Degree progarmme.
Beihang University was chosen as partner university.
Centrale Pékin is an independent department of Beihang University.
All criteria for an Ecole Centrale are fulfilled : a Généraliste engineering course with an international focus and close links with research and industry
Centrale Pékin is a full partner of the Groupe des Ecoles Centrale and will be accredited by the French government (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs : CTI).
Ecole Centrale Pekin was inaugurated in September 2005 with :
107 top level students, beginning with the preparatory cycle of 3 years CPGE (including intensive French language training)
A 3-year master degree course in Science & Engineering, with the same design as the French Ecole Centrale course, starting in 2008
Associates and partners providing support :
French Ministry of Education (funding of 3 French professors in 2005 and 2 more in 2006)
Groupe des Ecoles Centrales (full time Deputy-Director and Assistant)
Fondation Nicole BRU and the Honour Committee of the French Year in China
French companies in China provide support for the engineering course.
Groupe des Ecoles Centrales curriculum
The possibilities for international student mobility:
- two-year mobility for double degree (Master)
- one-year with credit transfer
- project with credit transfer
- PhD double degree or joint supervision
Centrale curriculumdiplôme d’ingénieur Master degree + Partner Master degree
Year 6 (5)
Year 5 (4)
Year 2 (CPGE)
Year 2 (or 2.5 /3)
Year 1 (CPGE)
International PartnerDouble Degree programme (Master)
Entry level: 2 years of higher education (120 ECTS )2 year study period abroad (120 ECTS)Ecole Centrale: 2-year “tronc commun généraliste” (multidisciplinary core course)Including : - 2 work placements in a French company (total 5 months) - 1-year group project
Scientific / engineering discipline curriculum
Mechanics / Electronics & Electrical Eng. / Chemical Eng. / Optics-Photonics / Materials Science /
Mathematics / Computer Science / Automatic Control Systems / Marine Eng. / Industrial Eng./ Economics
Production / R&D / Logistics / Industrial Management /
Business Administration / Entrepreneurship
Full time 6-month
Industry / Research Laboratory
+ Project thesisOne-year with credit transfer3rd year elective pre-specialisation courseM2 level
Joint PhD thesis double degree curriculum
Joint supervision PhD also possible
Grasp the complexity of the subject of the project
Environmental effects ?
Technical dimensions ?
Socio-cultural uses and practices ?
Targeted market ? commercial arguments ?
Organizational changes needed ?
Who is going to support them ?
Grasp the complexity of project-work activity
Priorities in the concepts and methods ?
Organization of the team ?
Motivation over time ?
Inductive / Deductive
Financial and time management ?
Co-supervision of thesis
Joint Doctoral Thesis
3rd year final project
Master courses (12 months)
2nd year placement
1st year placement
Double - Degree
Professional experience in student-run organisations:
Sports and other clubs :
Priority for international students
Groupe des Écoles Centrales Club (BdA), Sports Club (BdS), etc.