CTI reaccreditation for all EPF engineering degrees
The CTI (French Engineering Education Commission) audit carried out at the end of the year 2018 on the three EPF Campuses – Sceaux, Troyes and Montpellier – led to a 5-year maximum reaccreditation of all EPF’s engineering degrees : General Engineering Degree, Double Franco-German Degree in Production & Automation and both Information Systems and Industrial Engineering apprenticeship degrees in Sceaux and Montpellier.
An innovative and committed school where students are key to the project
Amongst the many strengths underlined by the CTI, auditors particularly highlighted EPF’s innovative dimension from several points of view: partnerships, well-known recognition of students’ extracurricular activities (ECTS credits awarded for involvement in school life) or even educational efforts through the creation of an Innovative Teaching Cell made up of voluntary teachers and students who are committed to improving teaching and assessment methods. The composition of the educational teams and balance between permanent teachers and individual contractors working for a mission were also appreciated.
The implementation of a skill-oriented training for the master cycle and 3rd year of the bachelor cycle was also highlighted by the auditors. The school has expressed the wish to expand beyond purely “disciplinary” learning and opt for a system approach focusing on competences, including the methodology tackled during concrete engineering issues, as a link between disciplines that already exist when analyzing complex systems and their dynamics.
CTI also stressed the importance of the role students have to play in the school’s project, which was described to be more that of a participant than a consumer as well as the quality of the students’ tutoring policy. EPF’s commitment to opening up to diversity by carrying out actions in favor of gender equality, by offering a true array of diversified trainings (STI2D technology-based preparatory class, Sigma Gateway open to first year higher education students who wish to reorient their classes, apprenticeship, professionalization contract) and by truly taking disabilities into account for trainings (disability referent, specialized equipment, vehicle adapted to people with disabilities, 24h Innov’Handicap challenge) all place the school in a particularly strong social position.
CTI also noticed the pleasant atmosphere between students and administrative staff as well as the consistency of ideas and vision of the management team who carries out EPF’s strategic and development project.
Recommendations to be implemented by 2024
In order for EPF to develop trainings, CTI made several recommendations that the school will endeavor to implement by the next audit in 2024.
As for the institution, the CTI recommended that skill-based training should continue developing and extend it to the entire preparatory cycle on the model of Year 3 and Master cycle. The system of point allocation relating to school life should be rethought and simplified with regard to the strong increase of associations’ actions, students’ projects and campus development. Particular attention was given to the quality of infrastructures and sports facilities, an essential aspect of EPF’s strategic project for the 2018-2023 period.
As for trainings, several recommendations were made:
- Regarding the engineering degree in Information Systems and industrial Engineering based on apprenticeship (Sceaux & Montpellier):
- Promote apprentices’ student commitment on the model of students from general and binational trainings
- Involve Teachers and Teacher-researchers in apprentices’ tutorship
- Increase the development of apprentices’ language skills by offering classes in English and go beyond the sole preparation of TOEIC
- Regarding the Franco-German double degree in Production and Automation:
- Further integrate ethics and societal implications of the 4.0 Industry in general into courses
- Consider innovative recruiting processes of students in Germany in collaboration with Munich’s Hochschule, with the help of companies.