What is a "French Grande École" ?


In France, the majority of managers and executives in both industry and commerce are graduates of Grandes Écoles. The French "ingénieur" that graduates from a Grande École plays an essential role in the research and development of innovative technologies such as the Ariane satellite launcher, the European Airbus, the High Speed Train System (Train à Grande Vitesse - TGV), electro-nuclear power stations, software development, etc. The international scientific community recognizes these engineers in their fields. The Grandes Écoles, the leading institutions for educating engineers and managers in France, confer graduate degrees.
The "diplôme d'ingénieur", (equivalent to a Master's of Engineering) is accredited by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur, created in 1934.



The Conférence des Grandes Écoles


The Conférence des Grandes Écoles is a non-profit association of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities. All the Grandes Écoles are recognised by the State and offer a nationally-certified degree upon completion of five years of post-A-level study, at a Master's level. Its members also include companies, alumni associations and organisations.

The CGE accredits its members' educational programmes (post-master Master's, MSc, BADGE) and uses its quality label as a guarantee that these programmes meet the expectations of the labour market and to promote the development and influence of all forms of higher education and research institutions both in France and abroad with a view towards excellence, in partnership with the public authorities, economic players and civil society.

Admission to the CGE is dependent on satisfying particularly stringent criteria relating to structure, recruitment methods, teaching methods and support provided to students in the institutions. 



Its role is to:

  • Gather internal information, cooperation and solidarity between its members
  • Promote the schools nationally and internationally
  • Develop training courses and research
  • Further initiatives of common interest in dealings with government authorities



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