Journée Portes Ouvertes 2021 - Télécom SudParis
Welcome to Télécom SudParis. I am François Dellacherie. I'm the dean of Télécom SudParis. We have come to tell you how we provide the opportunity to attain excellence in the digital field. When I say we, of course, I am talking about our team.
We have come with some of our students. We have come with some of our former team members. We are also here with our directors of training, of research, of international business, and of business relations. And we're here to tell you all about it. So, we offer students a chance, that they will embrace here, We offer them the chance to have a major impact on society, on the world around us, on the companies where many of them will most likely end up working. We offer them the chance to bring about the digital transformation of France, of Europe, of the world. Why do I say "the world?"
you're going to see that our offer includes many international pathways. We give them the opportunity to attain excellence. How do we do that? We are a school. In a school, what do we do? Here, we educate people. And we put all of our students in contact with highly ranked instructor-researchers, who provide them the chance to benefit from a general engineering education of excellence in the digital field. We guarantee, thanks to this, a great diversity of pathways.
With an education from Télécom SudParis, you are prepared to work in France, in Europe, and internationally, but you can also become an engineer, or continue your education through research. And from there, All doors are open. This is why today I am particularly pleased to have a good number of our alumni on the panel. I am thinking of Károly, who is going to tell us about all the great things he has done since graduating from Télécom SudParis, and also give us some insight into the young people with us now who are beginning to see doors opening up for them. So, where do we go from here? Within Télécom SudParis, there is "Télécom," And there's "SudParis," So we are based basically in Paris, in the south suburbs of Paris, in a very dynamic region "dynamic" because we are in contact with multiple companies, both small and large, as well as other higher education institutions Université d'Evry, the Genopole, and the other schools of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris So, we're in a highly dynamic region, one that's very conducive to learning the engineering profession. And we also find ourselves - and the students will tell you themselves- on a campus that is truly extraordinary.
A little gem in the center of Evry where you can participate in around sixty clubs and organizations, with a wide variety of sports facilities, which we share with another 'grande école' of the Institut Mines-Télécom, namely the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School. So, back to the education. We offer a very wide range of courses. I'm going to tell you about it, and in a minute I'll hand the mic over to Claude. Our training is first and foremost an engineering degree, which then leads to a large number of master's degrees and a wide range of courses offered in partnership with the Institut Polytechnique de Paris And to finish up... Since 2019, we have been building, along with four other schools, including École Polytechnique, ENSTA, Télécom Paris and ENSAE, a world-class training and research institute called Institut Polytechnique de Paris.
And by joining TélécomSudParis, you also become part of this intuition. We'll talk more about that in a few minutes. I'll talk to you again in a bit. But first,
as we are talking about education, we are a school that trains people. I'm delighted to welcome, with us this afternoon, Claude. Claude Villard is our Director of Education. Claude, I want to ask you a silly question.
For someone arriving at Télécom SudParis, how does an education here work? Hello, thank you François. Look, it usually goes quite well, in general! So, students have to prepare for a stimulating, content-rich education program over three years which will be based on a certain number of activities. When we boil down the program its structure is based on four key pillars: teaching, projects, businesses, and the international element. I can say a few words about this subject. As far as teaching is concerned, the program is divided into two periods: a one-year period that you might call a "common core," and then a 2-year period called the specilization cycle. Over the course of these three years, the students will follow a series of courses which are structured around six subjects, scientific and technical: mathematics, physics, computer science, networks, signal, and image.
In addition to these scientific and technical fields, they will also have the chance to take some courses in areas such as languages, humanities, and economics, and management. This allows them to develop a number of other skills that they will acquire through these courses. Here at Télécom SudParis, students are able to gain a wealth of experience in project management, through a number of projects that are developed during the curriculum. Looking at the major projects, there's the first-year project, GATE®, which is somewhat different from the others. I think that when the students arrive at the school, they benefit from having a project like this.
It's a long-form project that can be oriented towards humanitarian or citizenship issues, but can also take the form of projects proposed by organizations, by students themselves, or by the school community. Personally, seven years ago, I myself proposed to launch an e-sports tournament for the schools of the Institut Mines-Télécom and now also IP Paris. IT Project - Can you give us an overview of the subjects taught? - Mathematics, physics, computer science as I mentioned, networks, signals, image.
Mathematics in general and statistics in particular, probability, operational research. The physics we teach is oriented to the digital field, where you find microwaves, electronics, and optics, for example. As far as IT is concerned, we teach computer languages as well as object languages, and everything involved in databases such as information systems for networks. We explore themes like an introduction to networks, and then themes like network security for the signals section.
There, we really deal with the physics of signals. How the modules are transported, etc. And then, in the image section, the question is what we do with this format, this medium. How to extract information information, how to work with information appropriately. work with information appropriately. - So, imagine that I'm in a preparatory course for a selective university, I pass my exams, Imagine for a moment that you're in a prep class for a selective university, and I know that my goal in life is to create video games.
Is Télécom SudParis a good fit for me? As one example among many. How- How? What would my education pathway look like, in that case? - The route: Core curriculum, first year. Followed by the specialization cycle. What you need to know is that students have the opportunity to build their own pathway, and based on their affinities and interests - they can make choices.
In this case, normally the student could orient themselves towards courses related to the domains of computer science and image, for example. And then in the 3rd year, we have an elective. We call it a specialization cycle at Télécom SudParis, an elective focused on video gaming and digital interactions. So, yes, it's a good idea. And moreover the campus has what students need to equip themselves to work in this field, which is really very broad. - I have one last question for you Claude, I talked about being a student in a prep course intending to attend Télécom SudParis.
Is there is another way to get into Télécom SudParis, or can you tell us a bit about how students can join us? - Yes, of course. In our incoming class, the majority do come to us from prep courses, which is why we often mention them - the various preparatory, scientific and technical classes such as MP, PC, PSI, PT, ATS and TSI. But it is also possible to enroll at the school through what is known as admission by title.
In the first year, this can happen if students earn an L3 qualification and in the 2nd year, if they earn an M1 level qualification or the equivalent. Whether they do so at French universities, or universities abroad, that's recruitment admission by title. - So, Claude, you talked about project-based learning. But I'm going to stop asking you questions because, we are lucky to have with us, this afternoon, Ouissam and Arthur who are 2nd year students. And it's to you that I want to ask, Ouissam and Arthur, what can you tell us about project-based learning? As you experience it as students at Télécom SudParis. - So for me, project-based learning is something that is absolutely essential in a curriculum.
Given that later on, when we go to work at a real company, we will have to know how to interact with our colleagues, our managers, and the whole team in the company bubble. We have to learn how to manage these different situations. That's what they're going teach us. Or rather, that's what the different projects will teach us- we will find things to try out, such as in the first project.
The GATE® project is called a Guide to Management and Developing Teamwork Skills [acronym GATE] from and through teamwork, and that's exactly what it is. We have teams of just under ten students. And we get to define a project that interests us, although we have to keep to four major dimensions. But it's quite open. And that's why we get so much enjoyment out of it while also learning. It's quite impressive
when you realize that in some cases, for some of us, this could be the first time that students are really doing teamwork and project work. So obviously, there are challenges, but there is also a real pleasure in working with a group of people that we like, that we have more or less chosen, and with whom we're going to get along because we have a common goal through the entire year. And then afterwards, to reinforce, we have more projects, Cassiopee project, and others after, that actually really ensure that we are ready, that we know how to hold our own in the workplace. So I agree completely with Arthur on this.
Another point which is also interesting is the mix of engineers and managers. We share our campus with a business school, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, and we share our language and humanities classes with them. So our different ideas and paths come into contact and that's very enriching. But it's not only that, there are also projects in which we work with them. I am thinking in particular of the Creativity and Innovation Week, which we have in the 2nd year, so at that point, we had to do a project over a week in small groups of five.
And that's when I really saw the benefits of this diversity. We could see that the managers had a lot to offer us on, of course, the management level, and on the marketing side. Sometimes they even sent us their course notes to explain things to us. And on our side,
we had more to contribute in technical terms. So the result we produced was just great, and, ultimately, that's what they teach us about the professional world that lies ahead of us. - Thank you, both, very much for this perspective.
I have a question on my prompter. I'm going to ask Claude. Can we really choose our specialties according to our interests, or do we all take all the same courses? - Where we--? - Or do we all take the same courses? - No, actually, as I was saying the courses in the first year form a 'common core'.
That way, we set down core skills so that everyone moves on with the same fundamentals Then, in the second year, we have an expression "open up to be able to choose." That is the angle for for the 2nd year. There are blocks of courses which are offered but with certain constraints. For example, on the number of courses, but the student formulates course choices. And then there is an allocation process by which students are allocated to teaching units and over just the last few years, when I look at the choices, about 95% of the students get what they chose. Or what we call their number two choice.
So, little by little, the student will define their own profile. Then in the 3rd year, they will put together their choices and depending on the allocation process, they can be allocated to their choices. So, actually no, the students do not follow the same courses. Starting in the second year, they are able to make a number of choices and they are usually allocated to their first or second choice. - OK then, I have another important question, before we were talking about admission to the school. Can you specify what tests, such as oral exams, are required of those admitted with L3 qualifications? What type of oral exam do they need to enroll here? - So I think the best thing is actually that we hear from someone who has gone through the oral exams, in this case Arthur, who did the ATS, I think.
It would be best to hear his input. - So yes, I passed the oral exams and, actually; the process was rather good. You arrive, there is a short presentation from the school, of course, and then interviews are held. So the first interview is an important one.
They read through our file with us, and at this point you show them your motivation, and you talk with some really good professors from the school. These are the instructors who will teach our courses on various subjects. There were some, for me, in my case, there was one who taught mainly math and one that taught computer science and they asked us questions about our motivation, our application, etc.
And once you've spent some time on that part, once you've discussed the motivation, and once you, as a student, have decided that you really do want to attend this school, because it goes both ways, then we move on to a more standard English interview. So lucky for me, I had an English teacher whose classes I ended up in during my first year, and we talked a lot. I really took advantage of that, and we spent 20 minutes talking but in English this time, about the school and everything that was going to happen. Later, you receive
the results. I'm super happy that I got in. - Thank you very much, Arthur, for that explanation. I want to say, at risk of making Arthur blush, that he is, in fact, one of the most dynamic students that I know at the school. Always very efficient, very good, and very nice. So there you have it, if you want to follow his path, you know what to do. - I have another question which is: "Hello, I am in the first year of the integrated preparatory class, would it be possible to be admitted to the second year without re-doing the first year?" - I don't think so, because in fact, I am thinking about enrollment.
No, the enrollment of 2nd year students is done at the Master's level. So no, that would not be possible. - So I have another question that I'm going to ask myself, I will read it to you: "What are the differences between Télécom SudParis and Télécom Paris?" Well, of course, there is the word 'Sud' [South]. On a more serious note, TélécomParis and Télécom SudParis are the two largest digital schools, that is, two of the largest digital schools of, more modestly, the Paris region and both are part of the Institute Mines-Télécom.
Both are part of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, which offers similar training and enrolls students through two different admissions processes. And in fact, from the Master's cycle onwards, we have many similarities. We are also starting to share part of the Palaiseau campus. So, these are two major engineering schools that are different. Moreover I encourage you to also go and take a look at the open house of our colleagues and friends at Télécom Paris. So there you are! I suggest we move on.
Next, we are going to talk about the international aspect. However, I told you about our campus. So, I think I had better show you around.
- So, now that you've seen what the campus looks like, let's talk about the world off-campus. Let's talk about the international dimension. Being an engineer in today's digital society means being an international engineer. It means speaking at least English, but maybe other languages, too. We are incredibly lucky at Télécom SudParis to have an international relations department, and I am delighted that Katherine Maillet is with us. Katherine is our international relations director, who is going to talk to us about student mobility.
Katherine, I already have a first question to ask you: why do you think geographic mobility is so important for a digital student? - Well I would say that French engineers have distinguished themselves in globally due to their education, which combines the acquisition of multiple skills that you might call "international skills." That means a mastery of foreign languages, knowledge of the humanities and social sciences, and management. And there is nothing better than moving abroad to put into perspective the socioeconomic, ethical, and geopolitical aspects of engineering. That is why we find it very beneficial for a student to move abroad just to gain a certain perspective on the world. It also gives them the opportunity
to build a network not only in France, but abroad, which will help their careers. - So, let's say that I am a student who is wondering whether I should take a double degree abroad, how would that work at Télécom SudParis? - From the first year onwards we look out for students wanting to do a double degree because, depending on the destination, this can be a significant challenge, and it is important to be aware that some destinations require a very high academic level, so students are advised to maintain a balance between student life and their studies. So we look out for students who want to pursue this, and we prepare them at the start of the second year. When they leave in the 3rd year, the double diploma replaces what they would have done in their third year on campus. Sometimes the student has to spend 3 semesters abroad which can last from 12 to 18 months. - That sounds great. I'd like to ask
another question: how much does it all cost? If I get to Evry and I then want to do a part of my studies abroad, are there any scholarships to assist with that? How does all of that work? - So, yes, there are all kinds of destinations, and I would say that there is a destination for all of the scholarships. Of course, if you only want to study at one of the big names in the English-speaking world, it will be expensive- thousands, even tens of thousands of Euros for the registration fee alone. However, according to our friends who have been through this experience, there is a return on that investment, because the starting salary there can range from 80k to 120k US Dollars or Euros. So, you might even say, as does the President of the Alumni Association, that's it worthwhile to take out a loan. Otherwise, many students also go to destinations in Europe through the Erasmus program where most registration fees are lower. In addition, you often do not pay registration fees when you do an Erasmus exchange. There is also
the Erasmus scholarship, so this option is very attractive. There are many destinations One destination that, for me, is a favorite, although right now there are no students there, is Malaysia. There, you can take fabulous study trips that are very affordable, in a corner of the world that few people know much about. It is also very multicultural, because Malaysia is a real cultural melting pot. So, to sum up, there really is a course to suit every student. - OK, thank you very much Katherine for that overview, that international overview.
And now, I would like to hand over to Hervé Debar who is our director of research. What can you tell us about the international Master's courses that we offer at Télécom SudParis, especially those at IP Paris ? Can you introduce them to us? - Well, IP Paris offers a certain number of Master's courses, which we participate in as a school mostly offering computer science electives. These study routes are broadly equivalent to what we are able to offer in the engineering program. But this DNM offer can also be seen as an extension on end of the courses offered that give you access to specialties that we do not offer at the school, but which may be of interest to some of you who want to do things that are a little more exotic or further away from digital. The second aspect of DNMs is that they are more oriented towards research. So for some of you, they are a way to create a 3rd year that is more scientific and more technical, with activities that are a little different than what you would do in a typical 3rd year, and still eventually graduate in the same way.
And the third aspect is that it prepares you for research. For those of you who may be interested in pursuing a PhD after your engineering studies, a DNM is not a requirement for admission to a PhD - the engineering degree enables you to do that - but it is an introduction to research that allows you to approach these topics. It also helps you to prepare for further studies which - as Kathy was talking about the international dimension - the doctoral thesis is the only degree that is internationally recognized at the same level in almost all countries.
- Thank you very much Hervé for that insight into our capacity to train tomorrow's leading researchers. I have a question that coming in, which is- I'm going to put it to Katherine, or Claude might also have the answer: what are the time periods for international exchanges? How does that work in practice? - OK so, there are a lot of opportunities to go abroad. First you have to choose an an exchange that would last for one semester, so that semester will be the second semester of the 2nd year or the first semester of the 3rd year. And in this case, if you start in the 3rd year, it replaces what would have been done at the school, which is the specialization phase, so the student's specialization takes place at the international partner institution. Otherwise, you leave in the 3rd year for a double diploma, meaning the second semester of the 2nd year and the first semester of the 3rd year, or the whole year of the 3rd year.
- I have another question for Claude, I think. While in a bachelor's program in Yaoundé, Cameroon, how can I join your institution as an international student? - At the bachelor's level, we have what we call the AST1 exam. To participate in the AST1 exam, you go to the school's website, to the admissions section, and there's a link. Then, in order to apply, there is an application with the usual documentation plus the tests Arthur told us about.
We should also not forget - here Katherine could perhaps say a bit more - that there are also steps to be taken with Campus France, especially in terms of the administrative side. So go to the admissions website of the school, there is a link. You upload your application. - Yes, to be clear we do showcase our various courses on Campus France but we also specify that you have to make a parallel application. And, in this case, for the engineering program, it is necessary to apply to both Campus France and also Télécom SudParis.
If you only apply to Télécom SudParis - Télécom SudParis has to take certain steps through what is called Études en France, which is for those who require a visa to come study in France. So we submit the applications to the Études en France platform. - Thank you, Katherine.
I have a research-related question I have a master's degree in electronic engineering from Colombia. I am preparing for a DEF B2 at the UPEC-Créteil. research proposal I am interested in developing a doctoral in connection with Télécom SudParis. I don't know who can answer this question, Hervé or Claude? - So the doctoral thesis is an exercise that's somewhat different from the school's typical programs. You need to find a thesis supervisor and a subject that would interest you.
The school regularly publishes these subjects, or responds to competitions, and so there are offers circulating. The difficulty with a doctoral thesis is that a thesis is linked to funding and therefore, as it is a job contract, you need to approach someone who has funding available for the subject that interests you. If you wish - - So Hervé, I don't know if I should ask you the question, because you are certainly the most Japanese among us, but I have a very interesting what programs are offered for exchange and internship programs in Japan? - To Hervé then. - I'm going to take it because, for about ten years, we have been sending students to Japan, and I think it's one of the programs that works well. There are, I think, one or two double degrees, I'm not absolutely certain.
We have memoranda of understanding with at least 2 or 3 Japanese universities that allow us to do other things, either to go study for an academic semester, or to do an internship in a laboratory in Japan. And that happens regularly, every year since then I have 1 to 2 students, and they've been doing this for at least a decade. So, to sum up, yes, we have double degrees with Keio University, so there is a student who will go there at the beginning of next year. At Osaka University too. - I will take one last question on this theme.
Hello, how does the international component work for the apprenticeship program? - I'm going to let Daniel answer because he has been in charge of this issue for some time. Hello everyone. In this case, students submit their application on a dedicated apprenticeship platform created by the Institut Mines-Télécom. The process involves admission by application and then there is an interview. If you are selected, you can join our program through a 3-year apprenticeship which is equivalent to the title of engineer, but with a specialization in networks. - And there was a question, I think, about an international experience.
That is organized over a period of 2 months, which is either an exchange with a partner university in Slovakia, or with your own organization if you wish. And this specific period that we organize allows you to meet the requirements of the CCN certificate. - If you had to name just one strong point of our school Télécom SudParis, in education through apprenticeship, off the top of your head, what would you say? One strong point. - So I only get one point? - Yes, only one.
What would you say? - In that case I choose, because it is an essential element for successful learning, the exceptional quality of our network of partner companies. Each year we receive more and more high-quality offers and opportunities, to the point that we don't have enough candidates for them. Among these partners, there are, of course, the major telecoms operators, but also the DGA, LVMH, the Senate, Carrefour, etc. So I really don't get to mention a second point? - That's great, but no, because in fact want to head over to Florian Girard.
Could you, also, give us your view on what you think our strong points are, Florian? Please share your experiences with us. What I find very interesting is that there are many strong points. Like the place of "alternance" which is quick, allowing you to go constantly between the company and the school, as well as everything about student life.
That means we can pursue our professional projects consistently, without very long interruptions of one or two months, as in some other schools. That means that we can really invest in student life, and take on important roles, like some student-engineers. in our cohort.
there are student council members, dance club members, for example. As for me, I'm a secretary of the campus bar and I am part of the students' association. If there was another strong point, as Daniel mentioned, it's the proximity to Paris.
Thanks to the size of the local job market, you can find an interesting job offer very quickly, and we have a lot of options. As one example, I started actively looking for an offer after I was admitted, which was at the end of May 2019, and I was officially hired at Cisco around the 20th of June. So it took one month, bearing in mind that I also had two or three other positive responses that week. - So, why did you choose this course, Florian, and are you happy? - It was because of the quick alternance, so that you could invest in student associations, which are really vibrant at this school. And then, proximity to the Paris region. And education too, quite simply.
Yes, that's true: being trained and learning a skill. Creating a network. Being totally independent financially. And lots of other advantages that we discover as we go along. - Daniel I have a question for you.
Is apprenticeship also an option For students who have obtained neither a DUT nor a BTS? - In that case no, unfortunately. Our school policy is quite clear on this. So we only recruit the DUTs I mentioned, and the BTSs that I mentioned, and no others. That said, we also have admissions into the 2nd year, by application, for students at L3 or M1 level.
- So before we take a visual tour of our classrooms across our 2 campuses, Daniel, I want to ask you one last question. "Hello, I'm in my 2nd year of DUT GEI, and I would like to know your selection criteria for applications, as well as for exams." - Yes, that's a very good question. We pay particular attention to math results, and we routinely look back as far as the baccalaureate. So we dig in the application to evaluate the quality of the student's math capability. But we also consider other scientific subjects.
At the interviews, we will give preference to applicants who give us the impression that they can bring something unique to the cohort, and so make a contribution to the exceptional atmosphere that we have in this cohort time after time. - Thank you. We're now going to focus on companies and digital careers in our society. In this section tackling employment, internships, and careers, we are fortunate to have with us this afternoon, Sylvie Dumas who is our corporate relations manager and Károly Fogarassy, who is- I hesitate to say former student, since he is so young - who is going to tell us about his rather exceptional career path. So we are a digital 'grande école'. The digital world is now everywhere, across all of society.
What we are doing today, what we usually do here in Évry, we are able to do thanks to digital technologies. I'm not going to go any further into observation about the digital world, because we are all familiar with it. So I want to ask Sylvie something that, to me, is a very interesting question. So, eventually, I graduate from Télécom SudParis. What am I going to do in the digital world? We said that we are giving students the chance to demonstrate their capacity for digital excellence. So then, what careers and occupations are there for them when they leave us? What kinds of companies will graduates work for, or what kinds of companies will they create? In a few words, Sylvie, what can you tell us? - Thank you François. We are very luck to be
in a sector, the digital sector, which really has an impact on all companies today, from the smallest to the largest. And, as such, the occupations are very varied. Today, many of our students find themselves in information system development, information systems analysis, consulting and auditing sectors. At present, these sectors account for m ore than 50% of them.
But there are also sectors like networks, the internet, data scientists - which has seen particularly strong growth as an occupation over the past couple years - and these sectors hire about 13% of our graduates. We should not forget about finance, cybersecurity in all of these sectors, as these roles are impactful and important for our students who go those directions. - Can you tell us how we at the school support our students in realizing their future professional projects? - Well, the business relations department acts somewhat like a Career Centre, helping students with tools, events, and activities so that they can meet partner companies. For this reason, we have tools such as for example, the JobTeaser platform which lists approximately 4,000 to 5,000 internship and employment offers. We also have recruitment forums there are three per year, as well as conferences, round tables, and site visits to various companies from various sectors, including both small and large companies. We also have a workshop on techniques for job searching, where students learn to improve their CVs interviews, and cover letters.
And of course, there is a team of three people who are dedicated to meeting students in person to advise and guide them with their questions and professional projects. - So, it seems to me that students can start with a professional project at the end of an internship, for example? Can you tell us a little bit about how internships work at Télécom SudParis? - Yes, absolutely. The internships are mandatory, and there are three. The first one, the first year internship, takes place at the end of the first year from mid-June onwards.
It's for a minimum of 4 weeks but it can be extended to up to three months on-site on the company premises. There is also the 3rd year internship, known as the final-year engineering internship, which lasts for 6 months, and starts beginning in February. The last mandatory internship is the international internship, which lasts 12 weeks and which can take place in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year, bearing in mind that in the 2nd year, there is no mandatory internship, although we do advise an internship if the student wants to train for or interact with industry sectors that interest them. - Well, we have a video about getting that first job when you leave Télécom SudParis and I propose that we watch it right now. Now, I want to hand over to Károly Fogorassy. Károly, you have had a really remarkable career since leaving the school.
At least, that's what I think. Can you tell us more about this pathway for future students of Télécom SudParis who are listening today? - Yes, hello, hello, François, hello everyone. My route has been fairly straightforward. I created a company in the 2nd year of school, and then we got rid of it.
Eventually, we launched a business in the 3rd year of school with peers from both of our school's partner schools, by which I mean Institut Mines-Télécom Business School and then ENSIIE, École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l'Industrie et l'Entreprise which is also in Evry. This partner school turns out excellent engineers in terms of IT. So we launched our company about 2.5 years ago
Our company has six employees, we've raised about €100,000 in financing and we now have about 20,000 users. What I can tell you about my route so far, is that we are lucky to receive training that is content-rich, that allows every graduate of the school to go the extra mile, to dig down deep and ask questions. There are contact persons who know how to guide you. I owe a great deal to the careers department, as well as the entrepreneurship department.
There is IMT Starter, which is the school's start-up incubator. And then, on the education side, there is also Claude Villard and a whole team of staff who are really devoted. It's one of the school's major strengths, I would say, to be close to your students, not just in word but also in deed. - So what was the most exciting thing about What was the most exciting aspect about this this process of setting up a company? If you were to answer right now? - Launching a startup is a school of life, so what matters is that you had a good education, that you have learned how to learn. Here, we learned certain methods, and then you are confronted with reality, but certainly what I remember most are the encounters and the experiences that we learned from, and are still learning from, enormously.
- So I have a question, which comes back to the schooling and finance. What training are offered to do financial mathematics and development of software for finance? That's a rather general question, who wants to answer? Claude, Hervé? - I can say that, regarding financial math, we have two dissertations, two programs in the framework of the IP Paris that allow you to take this direction. And then there's nothing to prevent students who take our pure math TSP elective from taking that direction in terms of projects or internships in that field.
And then, certainly, when it comes to, for example, double degrees, which we have in particular with ISUP or the ENSIIE, I think there's surely ways of doing something in this domain. In fact, it's a really complex question. It encompasses several occupations and multiple routes.
So I'm saying that, with all the options available on campus, and the offering of the M2 framework, there must be something to suit the person asking this question, who I think probably has a specific idea in mind. Math and finance - we have both, so I think there must be a way to combine them. - I have another question from, perhaps, a future student of the school who aspires to work in the field of quantum computing, which is one of the possible orientations. What can we offer to this student today at Télécom Sud Paris? Do we have something to offer in this regard? - No, for the time being - if I can answer - - Go ahead, Hervé. - So, there is no specialization phase offered at Télécom SudParis dedicated to the subject. On the other hand, the quantum question is of particular interest to Paris Polytechnic Institute, and it just so happens that at present a DNM is in preparation in this area, so that, in cooperation with other actors in the field, people will be able to be trained in these areas.
Clearly, there is a lot of interest in it. The President announced a priority research project into quantum, worth several hundred million Euros. This is really a subject on which, This is really a subject on which, in the future, our students will be able to be trained within the framework of the Polytechnic Institute. - Next, I have a question about employment that I want to ask Sylvie: what is the approximate percentage of students who land their first job in the company where they did their internships? - Yes, I was saying that, today, the 3rd year internships are effectively providing a first job for about 40% of our students. So, students are often hired quickly, but nowadays, I should mention that 92% of students find a first job within 3 months of graduation, so it's very quick. The students don't have a long search period before finding a job.
I think that on average, it's around 10, 15 day maximum from when they start looking. - And if I can add to what Sylvie's saying, 80% of our students find employment before they have even finished their studies. Earlier, I was talking about the vibrancy of our campus life and what I propose is that we move on to a video that showcases that.
Now I am delighted that Solène and Yazid are here with us. I'll introduce you briefly. Solène, you are a student at Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, in charge of business relations for the association Cryptosphère. Yazid, you're an engineering student who is deeply involved in the sports life of the school. Over to you - could you please introduce yourselves and tell us about life on the Télécom SudParis campus? - Yes, of course, perhaps Yazid would like to go first? - Hello to all.
To start with, before joining Télécom SudParis, I spent two years in preparatory classes so even though it's a three-year course, it took me 5-and-a-half years. My choice of school was based on my interests, which are mostly centred on sports. So, how can I put it, I was really done with the stressful atmosphere of the prep class. I wanted a large campus where I could play sports to my heart's content, where there are green spaces, and you can relax. This was a good match because there are 3 tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, a beach volleyball court outdoors, an urban gym, and a weight room. I don't think I could have found better.
And, and on the other hand, I was also looking to find a generalist school, where I could put together an academic path the way I wanted to. - So, as for me, as you can see, Yazid is an engineer and I'm a manager, so we're a good combination. As you know, with TélécomSud Paris, I chose it precisely because I'm a fairly proactive person, so I love change, and to me this was a school where there was lots of change, so I chose it and I am very happy about it, because beyond my roles as, for example, the business relationship manager for Kryptosphère, I also have other roles within the school which I will explain later. But to get back to the student life aspect, you should know that when I come out of prep classes, it was a huge shock to have such a large campus, with so many students and clubs - there are more than 60 associations. So that means there is something for everyone, and I really mean everyone.
There are professional associations, and humanitarian, artistic, and sports associations. You have a really wide choice and that's something that's really important to know. You can belong to as many as you want, and you can enjoy yourself while also preparing for professional life. And this is where the campus's great strength comes into play. Beyond the courses, it is that we have this wonderful student life - it's something that really has to be taken into account.
I say that because it gives you the time to develop skills and build up your network, and that's very important. - Then perhaps, in terms of the quality of student life, as Solène said, it's very diverse. First, you have the sports facilities that I mentioned earlier - outdoor sports, indoor sports, and a weight room with everything you need to work out. There is a wide range of competitive and recreational team sports such as football, basketball, futsal, rugby, handball, volleyball, boxing, but also swimming, rowing, sailing, golf, and equestrian sports. Fortunately, that's not all - there is much more than just sports infrastructure. On the campus, there's a real ecosystem linked to innovation and entrepreneurship.
There's a Fab Lab, a laboratory for making and manufacturing, and it's open to all the students on campus. It is a space for collaboration and sharing. It is located close to the incubator, near the Étoile building, which you saw earlier, where student projects are developed. As a member of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Télécom SudParis offers its students many new perspectives.
You can, as was said earlier, benefit from agreements with the Palaiseau campus, where you have 30 research laboratories, an innovation business park, covered and open-air sports facilities that are open to all students. - I'd like to jump in and talk a little about my experiences with student associations, and what I get out it. I am quite close to the administration precisely because of all that involvement. So firstly, I am president of a very large campus association known as the telecommunications forum. It's actually a recruitment forum that we organize here every year.
Due to the current situation, we held it in virtual reality this year, which seems consistent with the school's positioning of itself as a digital school. That was really great. In this association, we are in charge of a budget that is quite large, with a team of more than 50 people, so there's a lot there that helps you stand out in the labor market in the future. Afterwards, another kind of related experience is my involvement in student council, BDE, where I'm involved in everything to do with business relations. Beyond that, in fact, we manage all of campus life. So we'll come back to that a little later, to the great solidarity that has been shown thanks to the school and the BDE in particular.
Otherwise, as the head of Télécom ParisSud said, I am also in charge of business relations for Kryptosphère. It's an association oriented towards everything related to blockchain and artificial intelligence, and it's actually something that inspired me deeply in creating my own professional project. So, this aspect should not be overlooked. It's important to know that all the students on campus are involved in one, and even multiple associations.
That is hugely important for your career. Even if it's just for your CV, people really value it. For emphasis, I am personally involved in the student life on campus, as the head of the school said, including the campus sports office.
The sports office is called ASINT on our campus. Its purpose is to impart the values of sportsmanship, but it does far more than that. ASINT also organises and co-organises several events. Several important parties, like the Halloween Party, and the Christmas Party. The sports office
is also in charge of many events that the school is fortunate to be involved in, such as national collegiate sports events, for example, the Taus on the Polytechnic campus, the Challenge Central Lyon, the Massilia Symbol on the Centrale Marseille campus, the Mines Cartel, and many others. In terms of associations, I think that it is very beneficial to get involved. Why? Because involvement in associations allows you to to build your profile in a unique way. It allows you to develop transferable teams alongside communications managers, in team management, and other cross-cutting skills that matter in almost all roles in the workplace. So, it's really good preparation.
It also allows you to see what you want to do, and what you don't want to do. - So, what I want to know is when I arrive at Télécom SudParis, having just finished my prep class, and I show up in Evry, what's the accommodation like? Where am I going to live? How do I get to class? Can you talk us through that a little? - No problem. You should know that there are about 1,000 housing units on campus.
They are individual. It is also important to make this clear. And in fact, when you are on campus, usually everyone else is on campus too, which means that while you are close to Paris, we all live together. We have all the association offices, which are right here we are on campus, so there's not much need to leave campus. This also makes for
lots of synergy between engineers and managers. We always work together on everything, which is really great. What I find is that something that's very important on this campus, is that we have the opportunity to go to class and leave. Afterwards,
we mostly just stay on campus. - I have a question about this. Many questions about this are arriving. Do you study a lot - perhaps even too much? Or do people really get to enjoy all of this student life that you're telling us about, even though the pandemic has of course hampered it.
How would you answer this question? - Well, in the first year, although the common core is fairly demanding, your timetable is, let's be honest, organized so that students are still empowered to both study and find a balance with sport, associations, and and school work. - Thursday afternoons are a sort of free period so that students can get involved in associations. - That happens on several other days during the year as well, so that we can hold social events, a ski weekend, Welcome Week, etc. The Les 2 campaign as well.
- Yes, there is a lot going on all week, there are usually events, and they are usually on campus. With COVID it's been a bit different, but we could still maintained certain things. As I was saying for example with the Forum, we actually did it virtually. We adapted. And that's just the way it has to be, really, so as I see it, student association life just has to go on because we are still all on campus, so we see each other, and that proximity is very important. - We are coming to the end of our live event. We've all talked about how, here at Télécom SudParis, we give our students the chance to show their capacity for digital excellence, while making the most of an exceptional campus.
Thank you all for your attention. You can ask us further questions in our live chat on our website or on Messenger or Facebook, where all our students, - those who were with us today - and all the other students and staff would be delighted to respond to you. We wish you an excellent Saturday, and an excellent weekend, and we hope to welcome some of you at the start of the school year in September 2021. Until soon!