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Safran signs research agreement with ENSAM & Caltech

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From left to right: M. El Mansori (Arts et Métiers), E. Bachelet (Safran), J. Paccard (Fondation Arts et Métiers), G. Asconchilo (UE Arts et Métiers)


Safran signed a research agreement with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM, the French leading engineering school in the fields of mechanics and industrialization), at the Paris Air Show, on Friday June 21. This is the first time that ENSAM has joined forces with a private company to work on research.

This agreement was signed in the presence of Eric Bachelet, Safran Executive Vice President, Research & Technology, and Mohamed El Mansori, ENSAM Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation. Safran has selected an ENSAM student close to graduation to write a thesis at CalTech*, a US-based engineering school that has earned an outstanding reputation in the aviation sector.

Safran needs to hire 7,000 employees in 2013 and sees ENSAM as a prime recruitment channel. This agreement is an opportunity to build Safran’s exposure among engineering school students in France and around the world.



* California Institute of Technology
Photo: © Antoine Denoix / Safran
source: http://lebourget.safran-group.com/pictures/photos/safran-signs-research-agreement-with-ensam.html

Massive Open Online Courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), have been gaining momentum in the higher education community as a way to take a course in your favorite subject- and from one of the top universities in the world. These classes are available to anyone with access to the internet. MOOCs are free to take, and a simple search online will list thousands of different courses- everything from nutrition to literature to engineering.

Those wanting to break into a new field or reinforce their traditional classroom education, MOOCs allow the user to experience a top university’s lecture. These courses are also an easy way to stay connected to different fields, and stay current about cutting edge research.

For Arts et Métiers students, this can be a great way to preview an American learning environment, and hear real lectures before attending an American university. This can also be an opportunity to reinforce and expand IT skills- more and more engineering positions require computer science abilities.

Online learning is evolving to become more flexible and user-friendly. Students can enroll in a course from anywhere in the world, in any subject they choose. MOOCs may never replace a live classroom environment, but to the autonomous learner, MOOCs can be the perfect complement to a well-rounded education and lifelong love of learning.

Sources:
https://www.coursera.org/
https://www.edx.org/

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