France has long established its role as one of the economic, political, and cultural leaders globally.
As the third-largest economy in the EU, France is at the forefront of the world’s continued development, consistently spearheading innovation in various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, agriculture and technology.
The fresh blood brought in by President Emmanuel Macron provides an opportunity for France to reestablish its role in the global stage and its relationship with other global powerhouses.
With this, Global Media explores the EU’s relationship with the world and the US, by covering France for Foreign Affairs Magazine.
Tentatively set for publication in July/August 2019, the Special Business Report on France will examine France’s strongest and fastest growing industries and companies, and the impact these have on the world’s development - as well as the country’s investment and partnership opportunities. It also aims to strengthen its relationship with other world leaders such as the United States.
French mathematicians such as Louis Bachelier, René Descartes and Sophie Germain have made great contributions to society and to the advancement of technology, science and education over the last few centuries, although their achievements may be unknown to most of us.
France continues to produce the same caliber of mathematicians, scientists and engineers that are needed to usher in Industry 4.0 and build a sustainable economy.
GMI met with Pierre-Yves Brazier, the Director of Ecole Supérieure de Fonderie et de Forge (ESFF), which specializes in producing engineers for the foundry and forge industries. The school was established in 1923 and has spent decades refining its curriculum to educate skilled engineers for this sector.
Just one of around 200 engineering schools in France, ESFF produces talent specifically for industry leaders like Safran.
What distinguishes ESFF unique is the absence of permanent professors. Instead, all courses, leading lectures and projects are led by professors from large French universities such as the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Chimie Paris Tech, R&D centers and industry leaders.
For ESFF, the unorthodox structure provides its students with the acumen and know-how that make them fully compatible with the foundry and forge sector. Its students also are able to experience real-work scenarios through apprenticeships in France’s most successful companies such as Renault, Groupe PSA, LISI, Montupet and LFA Amyot, among others.
Schools such as ESFF have undoubtedly solidified their credibility over the years, given that between 70-75% graduates are offered jobs with their apprenticeship companies.
Global Media is looking forward to meeting with more education institutions and companies that are investing in forming a new generation of innovators and industry leaders.