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.