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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.



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.

Practical works for students on the Petroleum Geosciences program - © IFPEN

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).

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.

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 2016 intake thus includes 140 apprentices.

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 cutting-edge teaching model

Industry has begun its digital revolution and, with it, professions are evolving. To reflect this, IFP School has introduced a significant digital component into its Masters programs, both in terms of program themes (data management, connected vehicles, energy efficiency and biofuels, for example) and the teaching methods and tools employed.

IFP School has two objectives:

  • to adapt to and meet the evolving needs of industry,
  • while enhancing the employability of its future graduates.

IFP School employs innovative teaching methods promoting knowledge and learning by experimentation: this is known as learning by doing. The idea is to use field placements, case studies and interactive technologies, such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and serious games, to validate knowledge. The technologies used may be immersive in nature, such as virtual reality, which provides a means of getting fully immersed in spheres which are difficult to access or highly regulated, or mobile learning tools, which, in the context of field trips, provide students with access to data specific to the location they are studying via a tablet application.

The School thus boasts a range of facilities and tools designed to help students shape their own learning more effectively.

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!


A strong international commitment

IFP School has a strong international dimension; around half of its students are foreign nationals, from more than 40 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 2016, the five most represented foreign countries, with more than seven students for each of them, are:

  • Bolivia,
  • Morocco,
  • Spain,
  • China,
  • and Brazil.

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 30 or so students graduate from these programs.

IFP School’s current partners are:

  • China University of Petroleum in China
  • Akron University,
  • 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.  

Off-site programs are also organized outside France in partnership with IFP Training, a subsidiary of IFPEN. They concern around a sixty graduates every year.

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Panorama 2017

“Companies are interested in our profiles because we are capable of using a multitude of tools to collect, process, manage and ensure the security of data, but also because they do not yet possess this type of expertise.”
Nisrine Drissi, student PDM specialized master program

>> Technical reports and speeches of the Panorama seminar

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of IFP School students are sponsored and funded by industrial partners

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of women made up the 2016 intake: a number that has been rising in recent years

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More than 21,000
participants from 148 countries signed up for the 2nd Oil & Gas MOOC developed in partnership with Total

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13 000
This is the number of IFP School alumni currently working in the energy and transport sectors in more than 100 countries