Masters in Engineering Curriculum (CMI)

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Masters in Engineering Curriculum (CMI)

The CMI or Masters in Engineering Curriculum is a university program for forming engineers, built on the model of the Master of Engineering programs in leading international universities.

The CMI was the winner of a call for projects by the IDEFI (Initiatives for Excellence in Innovative Education) in 2011. It is piloted by Figure, a national network whose role is to promote through standards of the CMI, innovative instruction that prepares for the professional world. The private sector has warmly embraced this initiative from the beginning. The majority of the members of the network's strategy board come from the large corporations of France's CAC40 (Peugeot SA, Thalès, SAFRAN, L'Oréal, Alstom, GDF Suez...).

The CMI is a selective, reinforced and demanding five year program. Students enter only just after their baccalauréat. It is based on a collaboration between teaching, research and business.

The CMI is selective because the number of students is limited. Candidates are selected on the basis of the quality of their application. They must have obtained a scientific baccalauréat at a certain level.

The CMI is reinforced with 20% extra courses oriented toward social, economic and cultural themes (OSEC, Ouverture socio-economique et culturelle): management, marketing, law, human resources, etc.

The CMI is demanding because it is necessary to pass each instruction unit individually and there is no possibility of repeating failed units.

A piloting structure - Piloting Committee, Executive Bureau, Strategic Orientation Committee, Evaluation Committee - guarantee the quality of UPPA's CMI program, in accord with the standards of the Figure network and the label EUR ACE (European Accredited Engineer).

As an engineering program, the CMI emphasises projects and internships, that represent 25% of the curriculum. Three internships in businesses are required.

Because competition in innovation is now international, a perfect command of the English language and mandatory study abroad (at least one semester) are a central part of the curriculum. Elective courses are a source of interdisciplinarity, especially in the area of economics and society.

All CMI programs are attached to at least one recognized research international laboratory. An exposure to the world of research from the first year on is one of the ways in which the CMI differs from traditional engineering schools.

The UPPA's CMI proposes four programs:

  • Mathematics and computer science: in liaison with the Department of Mathematics and its Applications and the Laboratory of Computer Science at the UPPA, this program prepares students to become innovative engineers in data science (Big Data, statistical engineering, engineers in simulation and computing, engineers in R&D.
  • Petroluem engineering: attached to the LFCR (Laboratory of thermodynamics and energetics of complex fluids), graduates of this program become innovative engineers in the field of petroleum exploration (geology/geophysics engineers, reservoir engineers, production engineeers).
  • Material Science and Engineering: attached to the IPREM, its graduates are innovative engineers in the area of material development.
  • Environmental Chemistry and Biology: attached to the IPREM, its graduates are innovative engineers in the field of chemical and microbiological instrumentation, analysis and control, as well as waste treatment and water quality, etc.