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Director’s Editorial

Let us take up the challenges of tomorrow … In a mutating university landscape, the Polytech network, merging of 13 french engineers schools, trains every year more than 10% of all the engineers in France but also counts 15 000 students-engineers and more than 58 000 engineers in activity.


Fouder member or the Polytech network and its great engineer school internal to the University Clermont Auvergne, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand built its reputation since 40 years around the training of more than 5500 high-level engineers ables to take up the challenges of the 21st century.

Since its creation, the school, formerly CUST (Blaise Pascal University Centre of Sciences and Technology), trained engineers – via the VAE (accreditation for work experience), initial training or continuous training - in five major fields of speciality within the Polytech network. Those specialities are : Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical and Modelling Engineering and finally Physical Engineering. Available in apprenticeship, a sixth speciality was imagined in 2008 : Engineering of Production Systems.


It is now acknowledged as a 5 year training course, whose first two years are performed in close relation with the Sciences and Technologies UFR of the University Clermont Auvergne, in the framework of a Polytech engineering schools professional paths (PeiP).


Today’s engineer - and tomorrow’s one – has to be able to face multiple challenges. His technical and scientific culture must allow him to conjugate knowledge, interpersonal skills and savoir-faire in those fields in order to reconcile societal issues and technical solutions. The engineer is also a citizen, whose training course must make him/her aware of his/her social responsabilities. Finally, the projects that engineers have to conduct now take place inside of multicultural teams, which requires a genuine international culture.

In order to take up those challenges and respond to the mutations transforming the engineer’s job, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand leans on four major pillars :

  • A course offer aiming for excellence and expertise,
  • An ambitious research policy
  • An innovating and sustained partnerships’strategy with companies,
  • The development of the national and international networks, based on research efforts and teaching exchanges inside of a selective and willful policy.

Christian Larroche
Director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand