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Strategy, vision and values

A coherent strategy combining world vision and a precise concept of engineering.

Strategy

We see engineering as a combination of scientific and technical knowledge integrated in an open, dynamic and multidimensional system. In keeping with the tradition of France’s Écoles Centrales, we believe that engineers must bring together many skills that lie at the crossroads of several disciplines. Even though it is important that they obtain more advanced knowledge in a specific domain, they must also develop a personal approach to each problem which integrates all the dimensions involved, whether economic, social, cultural, legal or environmental. This openness, forged during their time at Centrale Marseille, allows our engineering graduates to develop their own expertise: they will build their capacity to coordinate actors and projects, launch business ideas, and be innovative.  With these resources, the somewhat tired image of the generalist engineer is revitalized.

This context provides the backdrop against which we have set up our School’s training policy and established our commitment to excellent and diverse research activities. This is also the reason why we have developed our policy of developing relations with enterprises and international partnerships, as mutually enriching activities based on shared ambitions and reciprocity, and our support for the associative activities undertaken on by our students, as an essential component of their citizenship.

Vision and values: shared references

In the 21st century, a dynamic Grande École must have a common vision and shared values. In addition to its legal obligations and statutory missions, Centrale Marseille has developed its internal culture around four essential axes:
Excellence and ambition: in each situation, the preferred personal and collective standards correspond to today’s best practices;
Equality and openness: on the one hand, we must fight, without respite, against all forms of discrimination (specifically social origins, gender, physical and other handicaps) and, on the other hand, encourage the dialogue between different cultures;
Liberty and creativity: freedom of thought, expression and action are foster, while respecting each individual, as it the development of critical thought (in particular, through guaranteeing academic autonomy and scientific independence); at the same time, we must nurture the spirit of innovation and creativity;
Cooperation and mutual assistance: within the Centrale Marseille community, all activities are part of a cooperative approach, which implies, in particular, paying attention to those who are having difficulties.

These four axes permeate all three aspects of the École Centrale Marseille: studies, research and governance.

The Study Programme

The Centrale Marseille degree is recognized as a guarantee for aptitudes for:

  • modelling complex situations, by having recourse to a wide spectrum of knowledge of all science, including social sciences;
  • being creative and imagining innovative theoretical and/or operational solutions ;
  • taking on, in France and abroad, a leadership role, carried out in the framework of a strong sense of ethics and responsibility, in particular in social and environmental areas.

Encouraging students to be sensitive to major social questions and the development of a multidisciplinary programme of studies are strong identity markers in the School’s teaching philosophy/policy.
The quality of study programmes provided by Centrale Marseille, their attractiveness to students, and the professional opportunities offered by ECM degrees allow the School to consolidate its position among the best of France’s national schools.  The excellence of its general training as part of the Ecoles Centrales Group is the fulcrum of this approach.
More and more students coming from different national backgrounds seek admission to ECM.. Those who can provide evidence of a level of academic success which will allow them to be accepted will be offered a specific accompaniment seeking to ensure the quality of their integration.

Research

Centrale Marseille is famous for the quality and the pertinence of its research. The lecturers and researchers work in research teams attached to the School and considered as excellent by the scientific community and governmental agencies.
Encouraged by this multidisciplinary attachment/link, ECM is developing an autonomous policy based on issues mobilizing knowledge and skills bringing together the study programme, scientific publications, the world of business and society as a whole.
The School is clearly dedicated to innovation, valorization of research and multiplies partnerships with socio-economic actors. In doing this, it interacts with each link in the chain bringing together research with the work of engineers.
Centrale Marseille promotes research with its students and with the general public.

Governance

The School’s governance is based on a scrupulous respect for democratic principles, notably with regard to opinions of elected representatives and trade unions. In addition, in order to arouse a strong consensus, it holds consultations with users and other interested parties in the School before taking any important decisions.
Centrale Marseille’s Human Resources policy offers a working environment that is attractive, inclusive and stimulating.  It fosters and recognizes the spirit of initiative and the sense of responsibility.
Financial policy guarantees the long-term autonomy of the School. It is transparent: regular publication of clear and accessible information allows awareness of resources, expenses and activities launched and delays.Town planning and heritage policy seeks to offer students, staff and users of the School a workplace and living conditions that are well functioning, convivial and esthetic.