The Change Now & Les Echos Start ranking assesses the most sustainable engineering programmes in France. ESILV has made it into the Top 15 and thus confirms its desire to drive positive impact.
Through its Master’s in Engineering and MSc courses, ESILV offers CSR literacy training and teaches skills for the energy transition and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
To make sense, to have a meaningful job, to lead a meaningful life… The word “meaning” has never been so much in focus as in the last few months, even years, since the climate emergency has taken over the world’s agenda.
ChangeNOW, a ranking to help change the world
Change things, take action, set free from destructive practices. These individual and collective struggles bear witness to a bottom-up movement among youth preoccupied by the state of the planet.
With this in mind, and given the prevailing context of students seeking meaning in their studies, the ranking ChangeNOW focuses on higher education’s green efforts.
Since 2021, this table has assessed business and engineering schools commited to changing the world. The second edition of the ranking is on the rise and includes more prestigious business and engineering schools that joined the survey.
The ChangeNOW ranking of the most committed engineering schools
|Rang||Établissement||Points (sur un total de 161)|
|1||Engees - Strasbourg||105|
|2||École centrale de Lyon||102|
|2||Isae-Supaero - Toulouse||102|
|4||École centrale de Nantes||97|
|7||INP-Ensat - Toulouse||93|
|9||École des Ponts ParisTech||87|
|9||EIVP - Paris||87|
|11||INP-Ense³ - Grenoble||85|
|11||Junia (HEI ISA Isen)||85|
|16||Arts et Métiers Sciences et Technologies||76|
|18||Cesi Ecole d’ingénieurs||71|
|19||Institut Supérieur de l’Environnement||67|
|19||Polytech - Montpellier||67|
|21||Polytech - Lille||66|
|25||Ensiie - Evry||56|
|27||INP-Pagora - Grenoble||45|
ESILV makes it into the Top 15 of the most committed engineering schools
ESILV has joined the top 15 positive impact engineering schools in the 13th position in the ranking.
The school comes fifth for academic excellence and employability and eighth for the quality of its graduate network and its access to committed and responsible jobs.
Ethics, sustainable development, and CSR are part of a compulsory course embedded in the engineering curriculum.
These concerns guide students throughout their studies. The courses tackle socio-ecological issues, cross-disciplinary hackathon weeks, and involvement in community life.
The ChangeNOW ranking methodology
Out of more than 260 institutions polled between April and May 2022, only 58 institutions made it into the ranking this year. Twenty-seven business schools, 28 engineering schools, and 3 are communication and design schools.
The ranking combines six main criteria:
- The embedding of specialized impact courses and activities in the training
The alumni network and their access to impact jobs
The schools’ strategy for integrating the ecological and social transition into its coursework and the publication of objectives
Diversity and equal opportunity matter
The quality of student life and the involvement of student associations in impact-oriented subjects
The academic excellence of institutions and their attractiveness for student employability
While this tool is necessary for assisting students who wish to become active players in change, it still reflects a partial statistical vision of the state of the training in the schools at a given time.
This is also the case for other engineering or business school rankings which, although very popular in the higher education community, do not allow for a comparison between schools and so only make sense in the context of a holistic analysis of each institution’s offer.
Cross-disciplinary skills and soft skills align with the values of a committed youth
Despite an audit conducted by Deloitte France’s Sustainability teams, there are still some methodological gamps. For example, the percentage of courses on environmental and societal issues does not include the teaching hours allocated to educational hackathons on impact and sustainability issues.
As part of their “soft skills and transversality” training, students from the three schools of the Pôle Léonard de Vinci – ESILV, EMLV and IIM – engage in cross-disciplinary weeks in bootcamp mode throughout their studies.
These core activities aim to prepare students to imagine solutions for tomorrow. A total of 23 cross-disciplinary weeks have thus taken place at ESILV since 2015.
At ESILV, training committed and responsible engineers ready to take up the challenges of the climate and society requires a cross-disciplinary approach.
Scientific and technological excellence, soft skills training, and mastery of environmental issues are central to ESILV’s mission and remain consistent throughout the entire course of studies at De Vinci Higher Education.