About the Collège des Ingénieurs

The Collège des Ingénieurs is a multinational institution founded and based in Paris, München, Torino and Sankt Gallen. Our education philosophy is based on Learning through Action.

We believe that engineers and scientists will play a significant role in the 'innovation to market' business revolution.

The Collège des Ingénieurs is an independent multinational institution for post-graduate education founded in 1986. 100% financed by industry, the Collège is proud to be able to offer its participants a unique framework and special studying conditions: the best professors who teach at the most prestigious private universities (Harvard, Chicago, INSEAD ...) and public universities (St Gall, Lausanne ...), industry standard residential programmes and workshops and strong professional links with business. The Collège belongs to its partners as is the standard for the majority of consultancy firms. 

The Collège was founded in France, Germany and Italy in partnership with leading corporations throughout the world. We carefully select the top graduates from the best European, American, Canadian and Chinese universities and Grandes Écoles. The Collège was specially created to select only those young graduate engineers and scientists with real leadership potential and seeks to train them in management so that they become future high potential managers.

What makes the Collège des Ingénieurs unique?

The Collège covers the total costs of tuition, pays a salary to its participants and rewards all this work, in theory and in practice, with an MBA. All our programmes are based on the motto: "Learning through Action": a year at the Collège really is a year spent experiencing every facet of the business world.

Timeline

Collège des Ingénieurs

Dragger
1985

Pre-founding

Pre-founding advisory committee is created with Jean Peyrelevade as chairman.

1986

Foundation

The Collège des Ingénieurs is founded by Philippe Mahrer, director.

September 1986

First cohort of students

September welcomes the first class of the Collège des Ingénieurs.

1987

The first company chair

Creation of the first company chair by Jacques Pericchi (Strategy of Human Resources, Air Liquide).

1990

COPERNIC Programme

With the support of the French Président de la République, the COPERNIC Programme (for Central and Eastern European graduates) is created, in cooperation with the French Ministry for Foreign Affaires, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Science Po), Ecole des Mines de Paris, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées.

1991

First Paris HQ

The Collège settles at 49, rue de l’Université, Paris.

1992

Accreditation of Actuary Programme

Creation of the Actuary Programme, accredited by the French Actuary Institute.

1993

New Partnership

Partnership with the Université de Marne la Vallée (master's degree in applied mathematics for insurance).

1994

CDI-China

Creation of the CDI-China programme, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.

1994

Copernic Alumni Association

First general meeting of the Copernic Alumni Association in Budapest.

1996

CDI in Germany

Foundation of the Collège des Ingénieurs in Germany (Stuttgart) by Knut Stannowski with the support of the presidential office of the Land Baden-Württemberg.

1998

Growing network

The Collège now boasts more than 500 alumni.

2000

Agreement with Studienstiftung

Start of the collaboration with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

2000

Creation of Marco Polo Programme

Creation of the first in-company top executive programme : the Marco Polo Programme, Executive programme of Bouygues Construction.

2002

New intake opportunity

Opening of a second intake for Fellows in January.

2003

CDI in Switzerland

Opening of an agency in Switzerland (St. Gallen).

2005

German Alumni

First annual German alumni meeting in Baden-Baden, creation of the Association of German Alumni (Collège des Ingénieurs Alumni Deutschland e.V.), with Dr. Marc Fischer (CDI 2003) as the first president. 

2006

Participation in French ministery reforms commission

The Collège participates in the Hetzel Commission (French Government Commission for the reforms of the French universities).

2006

20th Anniversary

The Collège celebrates its 20th anniversary (and its 1000th graduate). The CDI principles are published in the 20th edition of the yearbook.

2007

New cooperation in Germany

Cooperation with TU9, the association of the leading German technical universities.

2008

CDI Germany moves to München

Opening of the München office in Germany.

2009

Initiation of S&M programme

Signing of a new agreement with UPMC, Sorbonne Université and KIT.

2009

CDI Italia is founded in Torino

Decision to create a new Foundation for excellence in education in cooperation with leading Italian foundations.

The creation of the Alta Scuola di Formazione al Management (CDI-Italia) with the support of this new Foundation.

2009

CDI moves to a new loaction in Paris

The Collège moves into its new site in Paris at 215 Boulevard St. Germain.

2011

Survey on French Universities

The Collège carries out an extensive and national survey on French corporate universities.

2012

Agreement with ICM

The Collège signs an agreement for a scientific partnership with the Brain and Spine Institute (ICM: l'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière) which is one of the largest European neuroscience research centers.

2013

Debut graduation of the Science and Management Ph.D. programme

The first cohort of the Science and Management programme graduate and the cohort instantly find high-ranking jobs. 

2014

Science and Management expands

Development of the "Science and Management" programme which becomes "Sciences, Human Sciences and Management" and is now open to Ph.D. students from the Sorbonne (Paris IV).

2015

20th Graduation at CDI Germany

Graduation at the French Embassy in Berlin for the 20th class of Fellows.

2015

Debut of Brain to Market Summer School

First edition of the annual Brain to Market Summer School in partnership with the Brain and Spine Institute. 

2015

Milestone of growth: 100 Fellows per year

The 10-month MBA programme is now made up of more than 100 Fellows each year (sites in Paris, München and Torino).

2016

Partnership with Agoranov

Partnership agreement with Agoranov to co-incubate technology start-ups.

2016

Innovation for Change (I4C)

First edition of the Innovation for Change programme, partnership between CERN, Politecnico di Torino and CDI Italia: creation of startups with high societal impact.

2016

2000 graduated Fellows

2000th graduate from the MBA programme at the Collège des Ingénieurs.

2017

Launch of Digital Lectures

The Digital Lectures becomes an integral part of the MBA.

2017

Graduation in Turin

The graduation ceremony takes place in Torino for the first time. 

2017

SAFM becomes CDI Italia

Scuola de Alta Formazione al Management (SAFM) becomes CDI Italia.

2018

SEI in Turin

Inauguration in Turin of the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SEI) and its 4 programmes: Explorer (for bachelor students), Pioneer (to initiate the creation of DeepTech), Change (projects with strong societal impact) and Inventor (prototype development).

Management of the Collège des Ingénieurs

Paris - München - Torino

Philippe Mahrer, Director CDI France and President, CDI France, Partner

Bruno Boulay, Director Development & Executive Programmes, CDI France, Partner

Anne Motte, Associate Director, admissions, education programmes and communication, CDI France, Partner

Knut Stannowski, Director and CEO, CDI Germany, Partner

 

Hélène Feau, Business relationship officer, CDI France

Christine Goncalves, Accounting services, CDI France

Alain Deriez, Front desk and services management, CDI France

 

Vasco Szymanski, Director of Company Relations, CDI Germany

Monika Bordovska, Executive Assistant/Seminars & Operations, CDI Germany

Jennifer Raffler, Communication & University Relations, CDI Germany

Laura Pina Ferraz, Communication & Marketing, CDI Germany

 

Silvia Petocchi, Director and CEO CDI Italia

Anna Bosco, Executive Assistant to CEO CDI Italia

Raghu Movva, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, CDI Italia

Alessandro Agnoletti, Head of Corporate Innovation Services, CDI Labs

Scientific Board of the Collège des Ingénieurs

Professor Roman Boutellier, em. Vice President at ETH Zürich

Christophe de Charentenay, Alumnus Collège des Ingénieurs

Professor Marc Gruber, Vice President at École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne

Professor Etienne Guyon, em. Director at École Normale Supérieure Paris (rue d´Ulm)

Jean Jacques Descamps, ancien Ministre

Dr. Jean Khalfa, Senior Lecturer, Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge

Jean Francois Merle, Conseil d´Etat

Hans Peter Mengele, former Director General Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce

Professor Jean-Dominique Pollack, Sorbonne Université

Professor Francesco Profumo, President CDI Italia, President of the National Research Council, former Minister

Dr. Gerhard Teufel, em. Generalsekretär der Studienstiftung, em. President Salem Kolleg

Paris: A place of education that has always impacted society

Today, the Collège des Ingénieurs resides in the 7th arrondissement in Paris, 215 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Intellectuals, diplomats, business leaders and academics (Ferdinand de Lesseps, Emile Boutmy, Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu, Ernest Renan, Anatole France, José Maria de Heredia, Fustel de Coulanges, Ferdinand de Saussure, Gustave de Rothschild and Charles Ephrussi to name a few) used to meet here to discuss the bridges they wanted to build between universities, business and public administration; the so-called "Cercle Saint-Simon".

L'Alliance Française was also created here in 1883 by none other than Louis Pasteur and Jules Verne amongst its founding members. The Collège continues to keep up the tradition of creating an avant-garde network which is always looking to the future.

München: Technology meets innovation

In 1996, the Collège des Ingénieurs was established in Germany. After starting out in Stuttgart, the offices soon moved to München, the economic center of Southern Germany.

Our administrative offices are located in Möhlstraße 6 in Bogenhausen where academics, diplomats and impressive villas of traditional family businesses are found. The management classes also take place at the picturesque monastery Kloster Zangberg and in the modern surroundings of the IHK Westerham, both located in Bavaria.

Torino: Looking to the future in an Italian style

By the joint initiative of the Collège des Ingénieurs, John Elkann (VP, Fondazione Agnelli), Marco Tronchetti Provera (President of Fondazione Pirelli) and Riccardo Garrone (President of Fondazione Edoardo Garrone) the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia (formerly Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management) was established in 2009.

It resides in the futuristic building of the Fondazione Agnelli in Torino - a true hub for innovation in Northern Italy. The communicative atmosphere generated here has a great impact on the way our Fellows think, work and innovate.

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