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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 engineers with advanced graduate programs leading to professional qualifications in the fields of:

  • energy,
  • and transport.

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. More than, 80% of IFP School students are sponsored and funded by around 50 French and foreign companies. This support has remained stable despite the economic crisis, demonstrating the strength of the School’s economic model.

In addition, the number of students is adjusted in liaison with partner companies on the basis of recruitment opportunities. The strategy ensures that IFP School remains in step with industry requirements.

Similarly, IFP School also updates the content of its courses.

In the energy transition context, course units have been developed on:

  • energy efficiency,
  • biofuels,
  • and, more generally, on New Energy Technologies (NETs).

                            IFP School offers students a cutting-edge teaching model.

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.

The applied teaching programs incorporate:

  • numerous case studies,
  • the use of industrial software,
  • field trips, etc.


High-quality graduate programs

In addition to the School’s full-time staff and IFPEN’s researchers, more than 350 specialists from the world of industry deliver courses each year.

8 of the 10 courses leading to an engineering qualification 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 companies. The 2015 intake thus includes 160 apprentices.

Practical works for students on the Petroleum Geosciences program

Lastly, 5 chairs have been created in innovative research fields such as hybrid vehicles and biofuels. They are led by experts and supported by major oil and gas industry players, thereby contributing to the dynamic nature of IFP School’s teaching programs.


A strong international commitment

IFP School has a strong international dimension; around half of its students are foreign nationals, from more than 50 different countries. What’s more, half of its graduate programs are delivered entirely in English.

This multicultural environment appeals to students and prepares them for an international career. It supports the strategy of international companies operating in host 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 2015, Bolivia, India, Argentina, China and Indonesia were the 5 most represented countries, with up to 8 students each.

This global outlook also extends to academic partnerships with prestigious international universities and engineering schools. These partnerships are hinged around joint programs, giving students the opportunity to divide their studies between the two institutions and hence obtain a double degree. Every yearsome 40 or so students graduate from these programs.

IFP School’s current partners are:

  • Texas A&M University, Colorado School of Mines and Oklahoma University in the United States,
  • the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Russia,
  • the Instituto Technologico of Buenos Aires in Argentina
  • and the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.
An international intake

In the fall of 2015, 328 new students enrolled on one of IFP School’s 10 applied graduate programs.

The make-up of the 2016 intake reflects the evolving international economic situation: the School has seen a slight fall in the number of students in the Exploration-Production sector, partly compensated for by a rise in the number of students enrolling on transport programs, reflecting the renewed buoyancy in the motor vehicle sector.

The new intake is made up of students from 46 different countries: it includes 52% international students, in particular from major oil- and gas-producing countries, but also from BRIC and European countries.

An ambitious scholarship program launched in 2014 by the Bolivian Ministry of Education explains the large number of students from Bolivia in the 2016 intake.

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 2015, a new Refining and Petrochemicals program was launched in Saudi Arabia. Two further programs are also under way in Nigeria and Russia. 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 students simulate COP 21.

Today, 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.

The training activities of IFP School and IFP Training play an essential role in IFPEN’s partnerships around the world. By training high-potential employees in foreign companies, they help to forge strong ties with the people destined to become the future industrial and political elite in their own countries.

New success for IFP School's "Oil & Gas" MOOC - 2016 edition

The 2nd edition of the IFP School's MOOC "Oil & Gas: from exploration to distribution", supported by Total, was enthusiastically welcomed by 21,000 participants from 148 countries: France, Nigeria and Indonesia being the most represented.

  • 24% of those enrolled were awarded a completion certificate (twice the average for MOOCs)
  • and 98% of participants would recommend this MOOC!


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Key figure

The share of international students in IFP School's 2016 intake: a record!