Many of us think that the engineering professions are necessarily technical and require to be a simple performer respecting procedures. Yet, being an engineer does not mean only training in a specific trade. This is at least the vision of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, whose Mauritian campus is based in Pierrefonds.
Founded in 1919, this high-level institution has always favored the combination of research, training and international collaboration in order to achieve the best possible results. Today, Centrale Nantes is one of the top five engineering schools in France and trains engineers at the root of the company’s progress on a global scale.
It welcomes about 2,200 students, 40% of whom come from foreign countries. A total of 73 nationalities co-exist on a daily basis to learn and contribute to the evolution of all the elements that surround Man. It also has partnerships with more than 170 prestigious universities around the world.
Professor Frederic Meslin – Director Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Mauritius.
Research and industrial innovation
Many are unaware of this, and yet all the evolution we see around us is largely linked to research and industrial innovation to which engineering contributes. Thus, the profession being constantly changing, Centrale Nantes has chosen to train the students to agility. Therefore, the objective of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Engineering program is to provide all the necessary maps for the efficiency and success of the engineers of tomorrow. Engineers at the disposal of companies and international industries, agile, audacious, with a sense of ethics and responsible for their societal environment.
In doing so, Frédéric Meslin, director of Centrale Nantes in Mauritius, points out that the school is linked to the industrial fabric. This, by contributing to economic development and by creating new skills, while taking care to develop them as the needs evolve. Three societal issues are constantly being studied: energy changes, digital and future industries, as well as the development of health.
Giving the keys to agility
Frédéric Meslin points out: “Today, an engineer is there to solve problems and not to ask them. These problems evolve with society. Centrale Nantes is therefore a versatile school and our idea is not to ultra-specialize engineers, but rather to give them all the keys to this agility. The fields of science and technology are so sharp that one can never train an engineer to the page and able to evolve serenely in time if one ultra-specializes. ”
Giving the keys to agility, strong scientific and technological foundations, technological development based on current technological developments and emphasizing personal development and well-being. These are the priorities of Centrale Nantes.
Fostering learning in the field
Articulated over four years, the BSc (Hons) in Engineering program proposed by the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Pierrefonds covers three first strands of specialization in the last year: civil engineering, ocean engineering and industrial engineering. All three areas are accessible to all students. The program was designed to give them the opportunity to explore each area before choosing to focus on a particular environment during their fourth year of study. Thus, the first three years revolve around a common core, during which students are also invited to go to France to spend a year at the École Centrale de Nantes. The objective of this year is simply to immerse students in the heart of larger infrastructures and confront them with another environment and another culture. An engineer, according to Frederic Meslin, must always find himself out of his comfort zone.
Over the four years of study, Centrale Nantes also gives its students the opportunity to start their own professional project. For this, they have the opportunity to follow 10 months of internship in company as well as engineering projects registered in the curriculum. The rest of their careers depend only on their choice and personal involvement.
A training ahead of its time
This is how the loop is looped. Centrale Nantes trains engineers in trades that nobody suspects and, thanks to the culture instilled in them, genuine chameleons of engineering will be on the market within four years. “At 7,000 euros (about Rs 280,000) the year, the BSc (Hons) in Engineering offers an indisputable quality / price ratio,” concludes Frédéric Meslin.