In the past, I've used these columns to remind you all that, similarly to our industries, IFP School is operating within a rapidly and constantly evolving environment. In such a context, agility is vital, enabling us to adapt to changing circumstances while pursuing a strong and coherent global strategy. Hence, following a major reflection process conducted throughout this year, we have decided to reinforce our graduate programs on the basis of three development avenues: the gradual decarbonization of Energy, entrepreneurship support and "digitalization".
I believe the most fundamental changes - I would go as far as to refer to a radical overhaul - will occur as a result of "digitalization". A radical overhaul in training program content, teaching methods, and, of course, methods of communication between the various players concerned. And the articles in this newsletter illustrate several of these aspects.
IFP School today relies heavily on social networks to communicate and exchange with different communities, such as applicants wishing to apply to enter one of our programs, current students, former students, industrial partners and even the general public... This communication is sometimes abundant and multi-channel.
Beyond communication between the various players, the training offer itself is directly affected by new teaching approaches based on digital tools. Some classes are now conducted using "flipped classrooms", whereby students "attend" lectures at home via e-learning and subsequently come together with their teacher for practical exercise in the physical classroom. MOOCs (Massive Open On-Line Courses) are an effective means of delivering training programs to thousands of learners simultaneously connected via the Internet and Mobile Learning enables geologists, for example, to take into the field all the documents required for their explorations on a simple digital tablet. As for serious games, they are useful for teaching subjects sometimes seen as austere and forbidding, by encouraging more engagement and motivation on the part of the learner.
But let's not overlook actual training program content, which also has to evolve; "digitalization" is invading every economic sector, sometimes dramatically modifying business models and leading to the emergence of new players. The fields of Energy and Mobility do not escape this major trend, with smart electric networks (smart grids) and connected vehicles being concrete examples. There really is no doubt, particularly for higher education establishments, that the digital revolution is well and truly under way!