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Training tomorrow's specialists and equipping them to meet the challenges associated with the energy transition is another of IFP Energies nouvelles' commitments, through IFP School.

Philippe Pinchon

Training the key players in the energy transition

“What companies mostly appreciate about our graduates – and the reason they are so sought after – are their technical skills, allowing them to be immediately operational in industry as soon as they graduate.” >> Interview

Philippe Pinchon
Dean of the IFP School

A high level of industrial integration

Partnerships with industry take many forms, in particular student sponsoring, teaching, the provision of resources or case studies. In addition to the School's full-time staff and IFPEN's researchers, around 350 specialists from the world of industry deliver courses each year. Some training courses can also be delivered as part of a work-study program, enabling students to acquire real professional experience thanks to alternating periods within the School and in industry.

High-quality graduate programs

IFP School proposes 17 graduate programs. The admission rate for specialized programs leading to engineering degrees or national recognized Master's degrees is around 10%. While most courses are industry-focused, others are oriented towards research or aimed at professionals already working in industry. IFP School thus hosts some forty PhD students every year. The School has over 600 graduates per year.


An exceptional scientific environment

IFP School is an integral part of IFP Energies nouvelles, a public-sector research and training center aimed at developing the technologies of the future in fields of energy, transport and the environment. It provides public players and industry with innovative solutions for a smooth transition to the energies and materials of tomorrow - more efficient, more economical, cleaner and sustainable.

Discover IFP School

Each year, IFP School organizes promotional initiatives to present its programs in the energy, transport and environment sectors with a view to encouraging the best students to apply. The School takes part in more than 15 forums, 5 of which are held abroad.


An international school

IFP School attracts talented students and professors from all over the world and fosters diversity as a source of wealth and development. This diversity, encompassing students' academic background, nationalities, the companies represented and professional experiences, is one of IFP School's major assets. Graduates go on to work in business sectors that are naturally international.
IFP School supports the strategy of international companies operating in oil and gas-producing countries, determined to significantly increase the percentage of local employees, and meets the growing needs of state-owned companies in oil producing countries for qualified specialist personnel.

An international intake

In the fall of 2012, 340 new students enrolled on one of IFP School's 10 applied training programs. The new intake includes 46% international students, predominantly from major oil and gas-producing countries, but also from European and BRIC countries. The three most highly represented countries are China, Nigeria and Spain.




High-level programs

IFP School provides graduate training programs, in French and English, to young engineers and industry professionals. The School offers high-level programs tailored to industry's and society's needs and leading to internationally-recognized degrees, in the fields of energy, oil, gas, petrochemicals and powertrains. In an energy transition context, course units have been developed on energy efficiency, biofuels, CO2 capture and storage and, more generally, on new energy technologies (NETs).
In addition, doctoral theses can be prepared in IFPEN's laboratories in all fields related to oil, gas, new energy technologies or engines.
As part of IFP School's off-site degree policy, programs are organized in several countries. In 2012, programs of this type were run in Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Off-site programs form part of a sustainable development approach founded on nurturing and developing local expertise. These programs depend on partnerships with local universities and industrial sponsors.

IFP School's Key Figures

- 17 programs (masters level), 7 of which are taught in English
- on the Rueil-Malmaison site:
         . over 500 graduates each year
         . 80% of students sponsored and funded by industry
         . 50% foreign students
- 97% employment rate upon graduating from the School and annual recruitment by over 80 companies in 50 countries
- around one hundred students in off-site degree-programs, as part of the dissemination policy
- 13,000 alumni working in over 100 countries
- over 1,000 theses defended in 50 years


2012 highlights

New chairs at IFP School

IFP School created two new teaching and research chairs in 2012. The first, supported by the Tuck Foundation thanks to the industrial sponsorship of PSA Peugeot Citroën, is dedicated to biofuels. Its aim is to develop knowledge regarding the impact of biofuel use on the motor vehicle sector.
The second, created thanks to the Tuck Foundation and its industrial sponsorship, is dedicated to economic modeling applied to the environment and energies. It focuses on the economic development of new energy technologies, along with the operation of the energy markets.
With the renewal for a further three-year period of the chair concerning thermodynamics for biomass fuels, the addition of these two new chairs brings the number of chairs at IFP School to five. These reflect the School's determination to constantly adapt to its environment and the demand for skills in the fields of energy and transport.

IFP School team victory in the IBA Europe competition

Five students from IFP School's Petroleum Geosciences program won the 2012 IBA (Imperial Barrel Award) Europe competition organized by the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists). The IFP School team was competing against 19 other European universities and schools to perform the best petroleum assessment of an exploration block using a set of real data. This success once again highlights the quality of geoscience training offered at IFP School.

Christophe de Margerie,honorary patron of the class of 2012

Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of Total, is the patron of IFP School's 2012 class. At the sponsorship ceremony, Christophe de Margerie delivered a speech, during which he presented a panorama of the energy landscape and outlined Total's strategy. He then took part in discussions with students and answered their numerous questions.

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Chiffres clés

training programs delivered in English.

Over 600
graduates per year.

Almost 50%
of students on applied training programs have the status of apprentices.