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.

History of the Collège des Ingénieurs



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



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.


The first company chair

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


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.


First Paris HQ

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


Accreditation of Actuary Programme

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


New Partnership

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



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


Copernic Alumni Association

First general meeting of the Copernic Alumni Association in Budapest.


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.


Growing network

The Collège now boasts more than 500 alumni.


Agreement with Studienstiftung

Start of the collaboration with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.


Creation of Marco Polo Programme

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


New intake opportunity

Opening of a second intake for Fellows in January.


CDI in Switzerland

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


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. 


Participation in French ministry reforms commission

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


20th Anniversary

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


New cooperation in Germany

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


CDI Germany moves to München

Opening of the München office in Germany.


Initiation of S&M programme

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


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.


CDI moves to a new loaction in Paris

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


Survey on French Universities

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


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.


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. 


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).


20th Graduation at CDI Germany

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


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. 


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).


Partnership with Agoranov

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


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.


2000 graduated Fellows

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


Launch of Digital Lectures

The Digital Lectures becomes an integral part of the MBA.


Graduation in Turin

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


SAFM becomes CDI Italia

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


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).

The role of science and technology in business and society has changed - and keeps changing.

Ever since its foundation, the Collège des Ingénieurs has had the mission to make carefully selected young graduate engineers and scientists understand the core economic, entrepreneurial and international issues, but also the challenges and potentials of future business.

Technology is currently shifting the business landscape. As a result new challenges are emerging due to the current 'innovation to market' business revolution.

The Collège prepares it's graduates for these new leadership functions, which requires a strategic understanding of business as well as an entrepreneurial mindset.

Embedded in a European innovation ecosystem, the Collège fulfills this mission by mentoring and challenging its students’ minds with the different perspectives of senior academics and practitioners with leadership backgrounds, and by providing them with a very special – and intense – experience of working on a dedicated company mission in leading corporations in Europe.

The peer group of top European graduates, in one classroom, spending their time and working together in an international context, puts them in a very inspiring environment.

"Qui agit intellegit": Learning through Action

Our educational philosophy is genuinely innovative. We believe that there are some things that can only be understood through action. This concept is especially true in the case of management.

The management programme at the Collège des Ingénieurs is an innovative MBA programme: it is based on a unique development process of Learning through Action. It has been specially designed to take engineering and science graduates from the world’s top universities or Grandes Écoles and prepare them for the most responsible positions in the world of business through practical and conceptual theory. 

The "College" ethos

In terms of educational theory, the "College" concept breaks free from the conventional, rigidly structured, teaching process which constrains participants to a pre-determined academic curriculum.

The College ethos creates a place of freedom, made possible by the quality and small number of participants. A place of hungry minds which requires tolerance, and a range of special expertise: essential ingredients for a fertile environment that will encourage critical but creative individuals. A place of sharing between major decision-makers and young talent.

It is a spirit that drives all the great European Colleges such as the Ecole Normale Supérieure and, of course, Oxford and Cambridge Colleges.

Management of the Collège des Ingénieurs

Paris - München - Torino
Philippe Mahrer President and Founder of the Collège des Ingénieurs Group
Bruno Boulay Director, 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 Goncalvez Accounting services, CDI France
Alain Deriez Front desk and services management, CDI France
Oliver Freitag Director Business Development, CDI Germany
Monika Bordovska Executive Assistant & Seminar and Project Management, CDI Germany
Carolin Huber Talent Management, CDI Germany
Alexander Bauer Digitalization, CDI Germany
Erika Vaniglia director, CDI consulting, CDI Italia
Anna Bosco Executive Assistant to CEO CDI Italia
Massimo Pescarollo Business Relationship Manager, CDI Italia
Giulia Maria Canavesi Talent Management, CDI Italia
Alissa Bauer CDI consulting, CDI Italia
Gianluca Gariani CDI consulting, CDI Italia
Piera della Porta CDI consulting, CDI Italia
Scientific Board of the Collège des Ingénieurs

Professor Roman Boutellier em. Vice President at ETH Zürich
Professor Marc Gruber Professor at EPF de Lausanne (Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization)
Dr. Jean Khalfa Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge
Hans Peter Mengele former Director General Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Pierre-Michel Menger Professor, Collège de France
Professor Francesco Profumo President CDI Italia, President of the National Research Council, former Minister

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.