International and Development

The International and Development Commission was created in 2013.
  • Chaired by  Alexis Michel, dean of ENIB
  • Vice-chaired by Laurence Hafemeister, dean of ENSEA
  • Vice-chaired by  Christophe Rouvrais, dean of ESAIP
This International and Development Commission aims at developping relations with the professional and economical sectors and contributing to build the international influence of the French engineering schools and of French Higher Education in general.

The role of the International and Development Commission

The mission of the International and Development Commission is to support schools of engineering in their international development, to guide them in terms of strategic orientations and practical decisions. The Commission provides a forum in which its members 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 International and Development 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 priority topics
of the International and Development Commission

The International and Development Commission focuses on the following topics:
  • playing an active part in the elaboration of diplomas’ mutual recognition’s agreements,
  • building strong ties with professionnal organizations and unions, 
  • intensifying collaboration with European networks and programs (HRK, CRASP, etc.).
  • taking part in the works of the CLORA ("Club of associated research organisations"), the CDEFI being a member of the club, 
  • implementing the Bologna Process,
  • welcoming foreign students, young researchers, PhD students, refugee students,
  • helping the engineering schools' settlement strategies abroad,
  • promoting international quality labels (EUR-ACE, CeQuint, etc.)
  • developing international recruting strategies.

The “FITEC” mobility programs and the other international programs
The CDEFI is the financial manager of the “FITEC” mobility programs, whose French coordinator is Jacques Gelas. The Conference therefore manages the mobility grants offered to French students through the BRAFITEC, ARFITEC and MEXFITEC programs.

The Conference also delivers the grants for Columbian grant holder engineering students wishing to come and study in France and for a mentoring program with Dominican engineering students.