Signature of the Objectives and Performance Contract 2017 - 2021

Signature of the Objectives and Performance Contract 2017 - 2021

On 14 December 2016, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense, Ronan Stéphan President of the Board of Governors and Patrick Puyhabilier, Director of Ensta Bretagne signed the new Objectives and Performance Contract (in French COP), which establishes the 2017-2021 strategic objectives for the school, which is under the directorate of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (the French Procurement Agency).

Having achieved most of the objectives set by the 2012-2016 COP, endorsed by the Haut Conseil de l’Évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (HCERES) (High Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education), ENSTA Bretagne will enhance its results in terms of training, research, international visibility, and company relations. This request for development of the school by the Minister of Defense demonstrates his attachment to the school, which will be cemented by a large investment.

Continuing to heighten the training success factors

Over the 2017-2021 period, there will be an expected increase in student numbers to attain one thousand students, mainly in the Masters and Advanced Masters. The school will enhance its core special subjects and training proposal. New courses will thus be created in Robotics, Engineering and Management of Organizations, as well as Cyberdefense. Agreements with new partner schools will enable the range of specialist subjects to be increased.

Reinforcing research, technology transfers and valorization

On the back of the progression in the number of researchers and concrete investments (property extensions for more laboratories, more equipment obtained within the framework of the Regional State Plan), the new COP will promote increased research activity. This will mainly take the shape of the development of partnership projects with companies, in particular through more numerous chairs and more joint laboratories.This initiative will be part of the « Université Bretagne Loire » and ecosystem of the Breton peninsula, a major player in initiatives concerning marine sciences and technologies.

These activities will be validated by the development of patents and the exploitation of the latter will be heightened over this period. Innovation, via these creative partnership initiatives (school, industry, users) will be intensified and the school will play host to even more entrepreneurs by strengthening its accompaniment and developing links with facilitators and financiers present in the ecosystem.

Strengthening the position and recognition of the school on the world scene.

Apart from receiving more international students, involving the creation of specialized courses in English, the school will broaden the prospects of its graduates, be they full-time or company-linked, and will also encourage double degrees.

Beyond training agreements, stronger partnerships will be put in place with universities and foreign training bodies on shared interest research themes and will aim to develop international partnership projects. Lecturer mobility (hosting and sabbaticals/exchanges) will be encouraged.

Adding to its resources

ENSTA Bretagne will continue to increase its resources to feed its development.
Increased income will come mostly from research contracts, the creation of technology platforms, the exploitation of patents and licenses and training fees. The school’s endowment fund will also organize its first fund-raising campaign.

Building new strategic partnerships

In the current climate of increasing global competition, where joining forces has become more frequent and to accompany the school in its dynamic quest to be a major player on the world scene, ENSTA Bretagne will join in the creation of a Western engineering cluster of excellence.