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    • Earlier this summer, Adrien Chaton (Energy and Processes program, 2016) was giving an account of his academic and professional path to his School of origin, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie of Rennes (ENSCR), which led him to work abroad for one year, in Australia and Congo, so as to enrich his professional experience before joining IFP School.

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    The Professional Skills Module at IFP School

    PSM

    The PSM was set up ten or so years ago to enable students with 4 years of higher education on work-study programs and students not on work-study programs on GOL, GOP, DEG, ENEP, POLY, MOT, PWT, PRO and ENM programs (i.e. all programs apart from PEM and RGE, due to their specific schedules related to students' international mobility) to situate their job in the energy and transport sector, while getting involved in a multicultural work context. With a wide range of specific group projects and lessons, it enables students to tackle cross-cutting subjects to more effectively prepare for their workplace integration.
     

    Themes in 2016


    In 2016, students worked on five projects put forward by IFP School. The themes focused on energy efficiency and poverty, energy transition, gas market flexibility, natural gas valorization and CO2 management. To cover each of these subjects, the PSM module brought together fifty or so internal and external speakers, professors and private-sector consultants, including more than a dozen from IFPEN/IFP School.

     

    The broad range of lessons covers, for example, the governance of companies and markets, geopolitics of energy, legal considerations, international negotiations and even controlling the costs of an industrial project.

    In 2015, the PSM module enabled IFP School students to rally around the issues of international climate negotiations in 2015. They were tasked with creating a COP21 simulation focusing on the issue of CO2, a huge success as is illustrated in this video.

     

     

    Entrepreneurship at IFP School

    A reflection process was recently led in order to enhance the Professional Skills Module (PSM) for an additional module on entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Launched in September 2016, the aim of the new module is to respond to the creative impetus of a small group of students with a keen interest in innovation processes, entrepreneurship and even business creation.

    An example of creativity being fostered in this way is EyePark, a start-up being put together by Guillaume Gibert, a student at the Engines and Utilization of Hydrocarbons Center at IFP School, and on an apprenticeship program at IFPEN. Guillaume, with support from IFP  School, entered several start-up creation competitions including the Green Tech competition organized by the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea.