The T.I.M.E Network
The T.I.M.E. Network with 53 Schools, Engineering Faculties and Technical Universities; the EUCEET Association, which maintains the continuity of the EUCEET (European Civil Engineering Education and Training) Network; and the Programme de Formation d’Ingénieurs d’Excellence au Vietnam (PFIEV – excellence program for engineer training in Vietnam), are the 3 networks to which the School belongs.
The T.I.M.E. Network (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), founded in 1989, brings together 53 of the best Schools, Engineering Faculties and Technical Universities in Europe and, in recent years, the rest of the world (Brazil, China, Japan).
The network’s member institutions have the possibility of signing double-degree agreements amongst themselves in order to internationalize their recruitment by opening their courses up to students from other countries and to offer their own students the possibility of studying for degree qualifications at partner universities.
BICULTURAL COURSE PROGRAMS
The students, selected from the best in their universities, study for 5 to 6 years and, when they complete their education, receive two Masters level degree from two different countries. In order to emphasize the bicultural nature of the degrees, the exchanges are organized in such a way that the global curriculum includes elements that represent what is most distinctive and best in each institution’s educational offering.
After completing this program, T.I.M.E. graduates are capable of working anywhere in the world and in multicultural environments.
AN EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES
Apart from connecting up the best European, Brazilian, Chinese and Japanese universities in order to establish double-degree agreements, the T.I.M.E. Network provides a platform where members can exchange information and good practices and promote the excellence of their engineering courses more visibly. The Network therefore enables École des Ponts ParisTech to publicize the quality of its engineering degree and its positioning amongst the best European and worldwide providers.
PROMOTING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE TO COMPANIES
Membership of the T.I.M.E. Network also helps it to promote the academic excellence of its programs to businesses, which are well aware of the very high quality of the engineers and managers who graduate from member institutions. Mobile, bicultural, and bilingual engineers: in other words, the engineers of tomorrow that businesses need today.
LIST OF PARTNER INSTITUTIONS IN THE T.I.M.E NETWORK
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
The EUCEET Association
The EUCEET Association was founded in 2007 in order to maintain the continuity of the EUCEET (European Civil Engineering Education and Training) thematic network. Between 1998 and 2010, this thematic network obtained financial support from the European Commission (Directorate-General for Education and Culture) for four consecutive projects.
FOSTERING COOPERATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND FACULTIES
The primary objective of EUCEET is to foster cooperation between universities, faculties and civil engineering departments in Europe, with the participation of professional, academic and trade organizations, in order to contribute to the development of civil engineering education and to increase its quality and effectiveness. At present, the Association has 50 members from 21 European countries. École des Ponts ParisTech is one of the founder members of the Association.
The Association’s main objectives are as follows: to promote cooperation between higher education institutions by providing civil engineering training programs; to contribute to the establishment of training criteria in civil engineering based on learning and skills; to promote the development of teaching and training programs in civil engineering; to establish permanent links with the construction industry in Europe and to ensure that the industry’s views and needs with regard to teaching programs are known in the academic world; and finally to promote the mobility of students and staff in higher education establishments which provide training programs in civil engineering.
The Program de Formation d’Ingénieurs d’Excellence au Vietnam (PFIEV - excellence program for engineer training in Vietnam) was a French initiative set up in 1997. Since 2007, it has been an autonomous program based in Vietnam and taught in four institutions.
THE 4 INSTITUTIONS IN PFIEV
- Hanoi University of Science and Technology
- Danang University of Science and Technology
- Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
- Hanoi National University of Civil Engineering.
A FRENCH CONSORTIUM
A French consortium works in close collaboration with the Vietnamese partners and PFIEV’s National Office in Hanoi, which coordinates the activity of the 4 Vietnamese universities. The role of the French consortium is to make its scientific and teaching expertise, together with its experience in the training of engineers, available to the Vietnamese universities. This notably takes the form of defining teaching programs, developing equipment projects and exchanges of practice with Vietnamese colleagues. The consortium members take part in the final thesis presentations and follow the development of the program on an annual basis with their Vietnamese counterparts. Many students continue their studies in France with the support of the consortium.
The latter is made up of 9 French institutions:
- Ecole Centrale de Paris
- Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique de Poitiers
- Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne
- Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
- Ecole Polytech Marseille
- Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP)
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon
- Institut Polytechnique de Toulouse
- Lycée Louis le Grand
The program lasts for 5 years, on the same model as France’s engineering schools. Selection is based on a special examination open to the best students (grades on the university entrance examination).
The program is divided into two years of preparatory classes, culminating in an examination, and three years in the engineering program. The program is worth 300 ECTS and is approved by the French CTI (a Vietnamese engineering program is worth around 225 ECTS credits). Access to the business world is essential and therefore highly sought-after (internships, professional speakers, company visits), as is openness to the international scene.
The program offers 4 main educational options:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering
A RECOGNIZED DEGREE
Since its creation, PFIEV has given degrees to around 1500 Vietnamese engineering students, who benefit from the professional recognition that comes from an internationally recognized qualification. The engineering degree, issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, is the first degree issued by a country of the Global South that is recognized by France through the CTI (French commission for engineering qualifications). This means that it is the first Vietnamese higher education program to obtain international recognition. Under international agreements, this degree is recognized practically everywhere in the world, including in the USA. Every year, the program admits around 1200 students on the four Vietnamese sites, spread over the five years of training and selected from the best university candidates. The PFIEV program, which received strong support from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its early years, has since 2007 been funded by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training. The French government, through Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the French Ambassy in Vietna, continues to support the actions and operations of the French consortium.
THE ROLE OF ÉCOLE DES PONTS PARISTECH
Within the consortium, École des Ponts ParisTech is responsible for the PFIEV’s “transportation infrastructures” specialty, run by Hanoi National University of Civil Engineering (ENGC).
Its involvement in PFIEV takes the following forms:
- Double-degree agreement: every year since September 2003, 2 to 3 Vietnamese students who have studied this specialty for 4 years join the engineering program at École des Ponts ParisTech for an ENGC Hanoi / École des Ponts ParisTech double-degree.
- Admission of one student on a study and research internship: in addition, every year the Navier Laboratory’s geotechnics team admits one student for the completion of his or her end of program project .
- Participation in the jury for the Franco-Vietnamese PFIEV addendum: Vietnamese students in the PFIEV who wish to obtain this addendum defend their end of program project in French in front of a combined Vietnamese and ENPC jury in Hanoi and Ho Chin Minh City.
- Support for PFIEV teachers: during these one-month stays, Vietnamese teachers have an opportunity to improve their pedagogical methods, their fluency in French and their familiarity with “French style” engineering education.