EPF, former Ecole Polytechnique Féminine (Polytechnic School for Women), was founded in 1925, as one of France's first Grandes Ecoles to train women to be engineers. Since then, it has trained more than 11,500 graduates in every sector of industry and service. Each class has 400 students in the general curriculum.
EPF FROM THE BEGINNING
EPF (former Ecole Polytechnique Féminine) was created in 1925 and one of the first Grandes Ecoles in France whose mandate was to train women in engineering careers. Marie-Louise Paris, a women engineer, founded the school. It was then known as IEF (Institut Electromécanique Féminin) and aimed at providing training in electromechanical engineering to young girls. The school also had a short term section to train female drafters or engineering assistants. In 1933, IEF became the Ecole Polytechnique Féminine (EPF), adding an extra academic year and an aeronautics section.
A RECOGNISED SCHOOL
In 1938, the school is accredited by the CTI (Commission for engineering qualifications) to deliver qualified engineer titles and is State-recognised in 1943. In 1976, the School
is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. In 1993, the school joins the UGEI (Independent Grandes Ecoles Union) after an official recognition as a non-profit foundation in 1991. In 2015, the school is awarded an EESPIG label (Private higher institution of general interest), which identifies non-profit schools working in a partnership with the State and participating in public services and research missions.
OPENING UP ON GENDER EQUALITY
As of 1994, the school is no longer women’s only. However, EPF continues working for the promotion of engineering careers through specific actions with high school female pupils and university students and through strong partnerships with associations such as “Elles bougent” and INWES (International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists). EPF is an active advocate for gender equality policies and remains one of the schools with the highest rate of female students (35% against 25% on average in other French engineering schools).
DIVERSITY AND THE FRENCH TERRITORY.
The promotion of diversity has always been in the heart of the EPF project since the beginning in 1925. Renowned for the high standards of its academic programs, the school has developed a special relationship with many local institutions on the French territory and also with research centres. These tight bonds led to the opening of two campuses Troyes and in Montpellier.
AN IDENTITY BASED ON STRONG VALUES
INNOVATION: Develop creativity, a critical mind and curiosity through innovative methods and with innovative tools, train students to state-of-the-art technologies and make them aware of the strive for Excellency.
ENTERPRISE: Install the strong EPF challenge culture and provide students with the will to “shake things up” and dream to build today the world of tomorrow through a deep entrepreneurship and innovation culture.
COMMITMENT: Open students’ mind and train responsible engineers who are aware of the world they live in and have the will to share their knowhow to serve society.