Thanks to the many partnerships of its component institutions, Université Gustave Eiffel has been working for many years with numerous organisations and local authorities, both in education and research.
The University’s partners who are interested in the skills of its students and graduates can offer them internships and apprenticeships. They can then follow this by recruiting graduates with a large range of qualifications from various disciplines. Companies such as Veolia, Thales, Engie, IBM, Orange, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Aéroports de Paris, Disney, Hermès or Guerlain have been placing their trust in us for many years and, each year, welcome students from the university during their courses before recruiting them. Université Gustave Eiffel is particularly committed to the professional integration of its students, with more than half of its 17,000 students doing internships or apprenticeships each year, starting at the undergraduate level. Finally, in interaction with companies and at their request, the University designs tailor-made continuing education courses (University Diplomas for example) and offers accreditation of prior experience for all its qualifications.
In addition, many professionals are involved in the courses and offer students quality teaching that supplements that provided by the academic teams composed of teachers, lecturers and researchers. Our partners from the social and economic spheres also participate in the course improvement committees and propose improvement initiatives based on their professional experience. Numerous events on the Marne-la-Vallée campus, such as recruitment forums or hackathons, bring together students, our partners from the social and economic spheres and teaching teams.
Université Gustave Eiffel also maintains multiple research partnerships. Through its many research units, it brings together and supports economic partners who wish to either enter into direct contracts or set up subsidised research projects (European or national projects, ANR, H2020, etc.), helps recruit doctoral students and co-supervises doctoral research, particularly in the context of the Cifre programme.
The university offers contractual research services and scientific expertise. I t also creates chairs (SNCF, Aménager le Grand Paris, Sogaris...) aimed at developing scientific knowledge in which partners with an interest in certain fields of application can become involved scientifically and financially. It also offers access to its cutting-edge equipment and demonstrators for the sustainable city such as its white rooms, Sense-City and Transpolis.
Finally, in close association with PEPITE 3EF, dynamic and innovative ecosystems on the various campuses (Incubator, FabLab, Maison de l'Entreprise Innovante...) and networks of companies and business leaders, Université Gustave Eiffel and its partners participate in the development of innovations and support student and researcher entrepreneurship through multiple mechanisms, such as student-entrepreneur status, support for business creation and seed funds. The institution also manages all the processes and mechanisms related to the creation of value around innovation such as licensing, technology transfer or support for start-ups.
Some examples of recent collaborations are as follows:
- The longstanding partnership through IFSTTAR with the Eiffage Group, notably on the theme of the road of the future, has been extended to make Eiffage one of the first corporate partners of the FUTURE project and Université Gustave Eiffel. It is particularly evident in the E3S project around the new La Vallée eco-neighbourhood in Chatenay-Malabry. Numerous innovations (oases of freshness, circular economy, etc.) are being implemented within this framework by teams drawn from both Eiffage and the university.
- The ESIEE Paris teaching chairs on cyber security and with IBM on artificial intelligence.
- The Master’s Degree in Environmental Services Management in collaboration with Veolia.
Université Gustave Eiffel is also involved in a major partnership for innovation in urban development within the framework of the Efficacity Institute. This research and development centre, which is part of the Institutes for Energy Transition (ITE), aims to develop full-scale innovations in this field. It brings together public sector researchers, in particular from Université Gustave Eiffel, and firms including the largest industrial groups such as EDF, Vinci, Engie, IBM, etc.
In the sphere of entrepreneurship, several schemes are available in order to support projects to create businesses around the University's educational and research activities. These include the following:
- The creation in 2018 of the FUTURE seed fund. This fund, which is managed by an association - Initiative Grandes Ecoles Universités (IGEU) - finances loans to business creators. It is co-financed by Bpifrance and is associated with the Descartes incubator.
- The creation of the French Tech Seed consortium for the digital and sustainable city linking the University to Cap Digital and several other partners.
Université Gustave Eiffel is also involved in a major partnership for innovation in urban development within the framework of the Efficacity Institute This research and development centre, which is part of the Institutes for Energy Transition (ITE), aims to develop full-scale innovations in this field. It brings together public researchers, in particular from the Gustave Eiffel University, and companies including the largest industrial groups such as EDF, Vinci, Engie, IBM, etc.