Long-term teamwork with business
Companies have accompanied Centrale Lyon on our journey out into the world from the very start. Co-operation takes all kinds of forms, from grants to pay for an engineering student's stay abroad, to the creation of customized training modules. Here are a few examples:
Recruitment of double-degree graduates
The School's corporate partners take a close interest in the global experiences of our engineering students, and they regularly come on campus to stress how important they consider the double degree system to be, associating as it does a double culture, geographically speaking, with a double syllabus - one general (that's Centrale Lyon!), and the other more specialized.
Firms welcome our students on their various sites all over the world. Take, for example, our partnership of more than 20 years' duration with the Japanese company IHI, who take a number of 2nd-year students on internships in Japan every year.
Training high-potential executives
Companies are more and more on the lookout for fully operational multicultural executives. To meet this demand, the School has developed Master's programs for young foreign graduates or for industrial executives who already have a good grounding in the corporate world.
This kind of program can also be made-to-measure. Alstom, for example, asked for a degree course in electrical engineering for Chinese engineers from some of our partner universities there. The graduates from this program are currently at work in China itself, helping Alstom to get set up there.
Research and technology transfer
Our international research contracts are often executed in partnership with corporations, in the form of consortiums receiving European finance. Businesses also contribute as active partners in joint work going on between universities or labs: such is the case with SNECMA, G.E. and CFM, in a collaboration project between Centrale Lyon and M.I.T. and the Kiev Civil Aviation University.
Technology transfer is one of the School's priority development axes, in close collaboration with business and the public authorities. Our offices in Shenzhen (China) and in Moscow are especially dynamic in this area.