ENSTA Bretagne : Outils et Méthodes Innovantes

Teaching innovation: training innovative engineers

ENSTA Bretagne was one step ahead of the new CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur) directives on implementing an innovation-friendly educative environment.
Regularly highlighted in evaluations (CTI, ISO, etc.) as one of the school’s strengths, human and social sciences have an important place in ENSTA Bretagne engineering programs, with subjects ranging from the practical (management, marketing, etc.) to the more reflective (sociology, philosophy, etc.). Cultural and artistic workshops on themes such as fine arts and theater also contribute to developing student creativity.

At ENSTA Bretagne, training is linked directly to research (the majority of teaching staff are researchers whose work feeds into their course content) and to business through internships, industry projects, conferences, etc.

Our programs place particular emphasis on developing an international outlook (language learning, international internships and exchanges), and our teaching methods integrate digital tools such as Moodle and ePortfolio.

ENSTA Bretagne teachers continually examine and develop their practices, for example through the annual symposium on Teaching Methods in Higher Education (QPES) and involvement in the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), as well as days dedicated to discussing teaching methods.

Research projects directly linked to innovation and sustainable development

From 2015 to 2017, ENSTA Bretagne’s Human and Social Sciences Department team led the Innoving 2020 research project. The requirements of European and French industrial renewal, new social expectations and evolutions in engineering have led to the need for more innovators. Innoving 2020 sought to improve teaching methods in order to train engineers able both to innovate and to implement their innovations in society.

Since September 2018, the team has been piloting A-STEP 2030, a European research project seeking to integrate sustainable development concepts into engineering education.