CDEFI has been guiding and supporting French schools of engineering in their development and projects for almost 40 years.
To carry out the missions it is responsible for, CDEFI relies on five thematic working groups, which are in charge of investigating all topics they are entrusted with according to the Conference priorities.
Each member of CDEFI joins two working groups and follows their activities during the year:
• Development and Partnerships, Education and Society or Research
• Funding or Higher Education and Research Cooperations
The members of these working groups meet once every two months.
The mission of the Development and Partnerships Commission is to support engineering schools in their international development, to guide them in terms of strategic orientations and practical decisions. The members of the Development and Partnerships Commission can exchange experiences and benefit from shared reflection about such topics as the opening of campuses abroad or the evolution of legislation on foreign students’ welcoming and French students’ mobility.
The Development and Partnerships Commission also aims at building strong relationships with professionals. The French schools of engineering identity is indeed based on a close collaboration with companies. As an institutional player, the CDEFI must reinforce this tie by developing its relations with professional organizations.
The CDEFI also operates international programs, including the FITEC programs.
The members of the Education and Society Commission examine, on one hand, all topics related to engineering education: curricula, teaching methods, teachers, types of training, including lifelong learning and work/study training programs, etc.
On the other hand, the Education and Society Commission feeds the debate on social topics: equal opportunities, gender equality, higher education accessibility, ethics, student’s life and learning conditions, sustainable development, etc.
Last, the Education and Society Commission aims at conveying the brand image of French schools of engineering locally, nationally and abroad.
The members of the Funding Commission examine all topics related to autonomy, financial resources and business models of higher education and research institutions.
The Funding Commission also reflect about the new stakes of financial resources’ assignment for schools of engineering and helps them to understand and measure their training costs.
Research is a fundamental and strategic line for the development of schools of engineering. The Research Commission is therefore in charge of defending the viewpoint of schools of engineering making sure that they are involved in the definition of the National Research Strategy.
The Research Commission also acts so as to make research activities of schools of engineering more attractive, through framework agreements with the greater research organisms and an active participation in the research alliances.
The members of the Higher Education and Research Structuring Commission are in charge of all topics related to attractiveness and competitiveness of territories, to sites policies of higher education and research and to schools networking and grouping strategies.
The Higher Education and Research Structuring Commission also examines the schools of engineering governance models and reflects about how to value the schools of engineering position in the higher education territorial network.