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Training the key players in the energy transition

Training is one of IFP Energies nouvelles' statutory missions. It fulfills this mission via IFP School.

IFP School provides young graduate engineers with advanced graduate programs leading to professional qualifications in the fields of:

  • energy,
  • motor vehicles
  • and the environment.

It has a dual ambition:

  • to provide industry with the skills it needs today,
  • to train the future energy transition players.

To achieve these objectives, it focuses on:

  •  a high level of industrial integration
  • and adopts a resolutely international approach.


Philippe Pinchon


“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



Meeting the needs of industry today and tomorrow

IFP School is supported by close partnerships with industry, which take a variety of forms. Hence, 80% of IFP School students are sponsored and funded by over 50 French and foreign companies. This level has remained stable despite the economic crisis, demonstrating the strength of the School's economic model. In addition, the number of students is determined in liaison with partner companies on the basis of recruitment opportunities.
This strategy ensures that IFP School remains in step with industry requirements. It also explains how it has been able to maintain a high placement level in a difficult economic context: in 2013, 97% of IFP School's graduates found a job within three months following the completion of their program.
IFP School also changes the content of its training courses to reflect the needs of industry. In an energy transition context, course units have been developed on energy efficiency, biofuels and, more generally, on new energy technologies (NETs). Thanks to the skills acquired, IFP School graduates are immediately operational for the energy and transport sectors and prepared for the jobs of the future in the field of NETs.
IFP School also owes its success to its teaching model, based on a close relationship with industry. The applied teaching programs incorporate numerous case studies, the use of industrial software, industrial placements, etc. 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.

Practical works for students on the Petroleum Geosciences program


A strong international commitment

IFP School has a strong international dimension; almost 50% of its students are foreign nationals, from 46 different countries. What's more, half of its graduate programs are delivered totally in English.
This multiculturalism appeals to students. It supports the strategy of international companies operating in oil and gas-producing countries, determined to significantly increase the percentage of local employees. Finally, it meets the growing needs of state-owned companies in oil producing countries for qualified specialist personnel.
In 2013, the number of students from BRIC countries remained significant:

  • 6 for Brazil,
  • 7 for China,
  • 5 for India
  • and 11 for Russia.

This phenomenon is being seen for Master's programs in both energy-related fields and the motor vehicle sector.

An international intake

In the fall of 2012, 322 new students enrolled on one of IFP School's 10 applied training programs. The new intake includes 47% international students, predominantly from major oil and gas-producing countries, but also from European and BRIC countries.

IFP School : a new intake of 322 students

The three most highly represented countries are Spain, Nigeria and Russia.

Off-site programs are also organized outside France in partnership with IFP Training, a subsidiary of IFPEN. They concern around a hundred graduates every year.
In 2013, programs of this type were run in:

  • 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.
Today, more than 13,000 IFP School alumni are working in the oil, gas and motor vehicle industries, in over 100 different countries.
This network forms an important link for French and European industry internationally.

IFP School's Key Figures

- 17 programs (masters level), half of them are taught in English
- on the Rueil-Malmaison site:
          . over 600 graduates each year
          . 80% of students sponsored and funded by industry
          . 50% foreign students from 46 different countries
 - 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


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.
Find more information on the website >> and the IFP School Facebook page.




2013 highlights

New website

The new version of the IFP School website, resolutely 2.0, provides among other things: 

  • a clearer and more intuitive dedicated space for applicants. It answers all the questions they may have and allows them to submit their applications online.
  • a space aimed at companies who will find everything they need to know about establishing a partnership with the School. This is crucial since 80% of students today are sponsored by industry.

>> IFP School Website 

Contract with Statoil

In February 2013, IFP School, the Tuck Foundation and Statoil signed a five-year academic partnership agreement.
The agreement comprises two components:

  • firstly, Statoil is a privileged partner in IFP School's development, particularly via the provision of reservoir data to be used in case studies for master's programs, and the sponsoring of students' club by Statoil.
  • the second component of the agreement relates to Statoil's funding, via the Tuck Foundation, of eight scholarships per year for Master's students at IFP School in the field of exploration-production.
New executive program

In 2013, IFP School launched a new management training program: the Executive Master's in International Oil and Gas Leadership.
This program is the result of a partnership with the prestigious Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, based in Geneva.
The Executive Master's program is aimed at experienced professionals, managers of national and international oil companies, diplomats and civil servants. It tackles a broad range of international challenges in the oil and gas sector– principally exploration and production –, as well as regulatory and governance issues. The focus is on managerial and leadership expertise specific to the sector.

IFP School victory in the 2013 Talentissimo challenge

At the start of June, a team of four students, including three from IFP School, won the 2013 Saipem Talentissimo challenge. In this competition, participants are asked to complete a technical case study.
This year, the task was to assess the technical feasibility and financial viability of developing a new field close to a working floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility.
The success follows numerous awards won in recent years by IFP School students, reflecting the relevance and quality of the training delivered by the School.

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Further information

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Key figures

training programs delivered in English.

Over 600
graduates per year.

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