Beginning of June, Audrey Stewart, International Relations Director of ENSAM, and I spent a week in Texas to create and nurture partnerships with local universities and companies installed locally.
We visited 6 “local” though global companies. Our goal was to present our school, its values, and its academic specificities in order to get some internship positions fitted for our students and some sponsored master or PhD projects in American universities. We had the great pleasure to meet wonderful people in Schlumberger, Chevron, Technip, GDF-SUEZ, CGG and Baker Hughes. Thanks to either the presence of alumni in the management or well appreciated past experiences with interns, and with the help of Christian Turquat, Scientific Attaché at the French Consulat, a good amount of these companies will keep us in mind when it’s about quality interns.
Our objective in Texas was also to finalize the terms of a student exchange with Texas A&M (A&M standing for Agricultural and Mechanical not for Arts et Métiers). Texas A&M regroups a total of 50,000 students (Dwight Look College of Engineering – 12,000 students). We worked on a base plan of up to 6 Arts et Métiers students per year, in MS (Master of Science) or PhDs, in some of their departments, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. The official partnerships still has to be signed, but as a first great news one of our student is integrating this fall Texas A&M for a financed PhD in Industrial Engineering.
We also met with the heads of International Graduate Programs at Rice University, another college in Houston (6500+ students on the campus, 2250 attending Brown School of Engineering). Our students will also soon have the opportunity to study in one of their departments.
Let's work together to make those partnerships successful !
Aurore Prevot, US Representative