Published on 3 October 2018
© A Gilson

Institute Villebon – Georges Charpak offers students with very varied profiles, holding a Baccalaureate, a Bachelor in Sciences and Technology with a innovative teaching approach that opens up new possibilities.

I hadn’t previously imagined how stimulating and interesting it was to meet different people”, confided Brice Tayama who is today in second year at the AgroParis Tech school. “There are no words strong enough to express how much the Institute has brought me, it’s magical!” adds Brian Lenormand, his follow student in Master MIAGE at University Paris-Sud. “This course acted as a stepping-stone: I then integrated a school I never believed would be possible and I love it!” says Terrence Tran, currently in second year at Mines ParisTech. All three graduated, in June 2017, with a Bachelor in Sciences and Technologies run by the Institute Villebon – Georges Carpak. These students highlight the initial purpose of the Institute: promote equal opportunity and diversify the profiles of graduates with 5-year degrees.

Since 2013 the Institute absorbs in the Bachelor programme about forty students holding a Baccalaureate which is in general studies or technological. Their educational pathways have not always been smooth and they are often from weaker social classes (70 % have a state scholarship). “Selection for entry is not based on marks but on the students’ motivation, their interest in science and mutual assistance” insists Benedicte Humbert, Head of the Institute. “The course, which is interdisciplinary, stands out with its innovative teaching approach. It is based on learning through a project and experimental process, on developing transversal skills such as the capacity to resolve a problem, communicate and work in a team. It increases self-confidence and develops creativity, the desire to learn and undertake”, adds Bénédicte Humbert. Close to businesses, it also offers students sponsorships to mature their professional project.

It is a recipe that works, as the Bachelor has remarkable results: last year 74 % of the students graduated and 94 % continued their studies. “Today the Institute has also become a test laboratory of new teaching approaches: the most promising will be used in other courses dispensed in the University Paris-Saclay” concludes Bénédicte Humbert.



By Véronique Meder.

The original version of this article was published in L'Edition #8