They were presented on Tuesday 5 June by the Guadeloupe Region and the University of the West Indies and French Guiana. These two new engineering courses, which were approved at the UAG by the Commission des titres d’ingénieur (CTI) on May 9, are as follows:
– Environmental engineering: materials speciality. This diploma, in agreement with the ENSIACET-INP of Toulouse (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques) will open in September 2012. Within this framework, the first year will take place in Toulouse and the other two years will be given at the UAG.
– Génie des Systèmes Énergétiques, which will open in September 2013. The three years of training will take place at the U.A.G.
The two engineering specialties are the first French engineering courses approved by the CTI and delivered in the Caribbean/Americas. These 2 engineering courses, which will last three years, will be located at the University of Guadeloupe, on the Fouillole Campus, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The engineers who graduate from these courses will have a BAC+5 level.
These two specialties are created as part of the initial training under student status.
Thus, the UAG established in the three regions, Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique, proposes to train engineers in three years in the field of sustainable development with an opening towards the wider Caribbean. Engineers will be trained in the analysis of technological solutions in a context of sustainable development around issues specific to the island, intertropical environment, seismic and cyclonic risk regions.
“This is a magnificent conclusion to a project that was led by the Presidency of the UAG, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and his team. It is also the result of a strong partnership between the UAG and the Guadeloupe Region that has supported this project by including it in the four-year contract (UAG-Region) with objectives and resources as a structuring project, by providing it with structural funds (800,000 euros), and by subscribing to the construction of an ultra-modern engineering school on the Fouillole Campus (10 million euros)”. UAG
The regional authority has fully funded a consulting firm to help the steering committee structure the project and carry out the CTI accreditation file. This consulting firm, which is an expert in strategy and management consulting for SMEs and SMIs and national or European authorities, also had strong expertise in setting up this type of project.
Out of a contract worth €2.5 million, €800,000 was earmarked for the equipment of the Engineering School. Regional support on the ESF and ERDF are also possible to finalise the functioning of these 2 training courses. As of March 2011, the Guadeloupe Region has put into program authorization the sum of 10 million euros to be used for the construction of the Engineering School and the extension of the Faculty of Medicine and the STAPS UFR. A joint sum has been requested from the State to support these 2 innovative projects of the university centre of Guadeloupe.
With a target of 20 students per year of training, engineering students are recruited at the regional, national and international levels. Recruitment is done:
– on file for students with a DUT, BTS or a licence
– on file for students of foreign nationality with a particular focus on
students from the Greater Caribbean.
– via the national competitions at the end of the Preparatory Classes (CPGE)
For the GE diploma, the OTCs targeted are those in Chemistry, Physical Measurements or Science and Materials Engineering. For the BTS it is mainly the BTS Chemistry then the targeted degree is that of Physical Sciences.
The training takes place over 3 years partly or entirely at the U.A.G.
The diploma Environmental Engineers-Materials CR2M, opens in September 2012. The first year is spent at ENSIACET-INP Toulouse in the materials department. The other two years are spent at the U.A.G.
The Diploma in Energy Systems Engineering takes place entirely at the U.A.G.
Teaching is provided in the form of courses, tutorials, practical work, projects, case studies.
At the end of the first year, the student will follow a one-month work placement, at the end of the second year he will have to complete a three-month engineering internship and a six-month one in the third year.
The Guadeloupe Region is known to be a very dynamic region in supporting students to complete their training in higher education. It is therefore quite naturally that the student-engineers from these 2 engineering courses are expected to join the regional student aid scheme.