Students spend a minimum of three months of their training abroad, in the form of an internship and/or study semester, in order to broaden their horizons to international cultures and issues.
A necessary inter-cultural,
professional and societal outreach
In a globalized and constantly changing environment, international mobility is an important element of inter-cultural, professional and societal openness. In addition, it improves the practice of a foreign language and in particular English.
During the course of his or her studies, each CMI student must complete at least one international mobility experience. Each mobility may take the form of a study semester at a foreign university, an internship in a company or laboratory, or a gap year. The total duration of the mobility is at least 3 months during the 5 years of the course.
The CMI is defined in strong accordance with the international Consecutive Master model. This international transparency greatly favours the outgoing international mobility of CMI students and the incoming mobility within CMI.
An additional spectrum for innovation
It should be stressed that since each CMI is supported by a research centre that is closely linked to international networks of academic, industrial and institutional partners, students are immersed in an international and innovative dynamic on a daily basis. This set of concrete experiences leads to a natural and progressive sensitization of students to the practice of a professional activity in an international, enriching context. In addition, the laboratory can be a key element in facilitating the implementation of international internships for CMI students both in a laboratory and in a partner company.
Europe and international
Beyond inter-university links in the world, the Figure network is involved in many European networks and associations and has initiated several cooperation programs throughout the world in order to strengthen the mobility of students and member universities.
As such, the Figure network is also working on the internationalization of the label which has already started with the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut.
It is an associate member of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) since 2014. It has signed a partnership agreement with the German agency AISIIN in 2019 to enable its programs to obtain the EUR-ACE label.® (European Accredited Engineer), In addition, in 2018, the Network joined the European Honors Council (EHC), the Figure curriculum framework being fully compatible with that of the “honors programs” in the United States and Europe.
As part of its international outreach strategy, the Network sets up student mobility programs with institutions or networks of institutions around the world: Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) in the United States with 14 institutions, Université du Québec (UQ) in Canada with 10 institutions (in progress), 3 “Institutes of Eminence” in India (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Vellore Institute of Technology).
At the same time, in 2018 the Network began rolling out its training model outside of France. This approach is aimed in particular at the French-speaking university area thanks to a partnership with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). The first geographical areas concerned by this deployment are: the Maghreb, the Middle East, West Africa, Central Africa and Europe. A pilot experiment was conducted in Lebanon, resulting in the accreditation of the University of Saint Joseph for a CMI in industrial technologies. Other projects are currently being studied at master and bachelor levels. The Network became a full member of AUF in November 2018.
It is possible to build your own international project, you can also benefit from the international relations built by your home university (look at the end of the training sheet) or from the Figure Network.