Polytech, a university engineering school

Backed by a nationwide network, thisengineering school offers selective training that is as close as possible to the world of business and technological innovation. The result: record student integration and a well-established reputation.

Credits Luc Jennepin

In the hallway ofPolytech Montpellier, a panel lists the career successes of students who have passed through the school. You'll learn that one alumnus is now working for NASA, another is head of Veolia's Eastern Europe division, and that many of the school's alumni hold top positions in prestigious industrial groups, or have successfully launched their own businesses. The school, dedicated to engineering professions, is proud of these successes, and of insertion figures flirting with 90% 6 months after graduation.

NASA, Airbus, Veolia...

" Behind the dozen or so schools that everyone knows, such as Ecole Polytechnique or Centrale, the Polytech network is considered a major contact for ministries and companies," says Serge Pravossoudovitch, director of Polytech Montpellier.

More than just a school, Polytech is a network of 15 establishments in France's main cities. Established in 2003 as an extension of the Eiffel network, the Polytech network is the largest network of engineering schools in France. Each year, 300 engineers graduate from Polytech Montpellier. Students who have had the privilege of benefiting from state-of-the-art equipment throughout their studies. " One of the great advantages of being a university school is the proximity to research laboratories. research laboratories "explains Serge Pravossoudovitch.

School spirit

Excellence comes at a price: selection. Recruited on the basis of a competitive entrance examination at bac +2, engineering students can also apply for a two-year preparatory course right after the bac. Here too, access is conditional on a highly selective competitive examination. Comprising 10 departments covering as many specialties, the training provided by the university school covers fields such as biological and food engineering, microelectronics and embedded systems, management information systems, mechanics, materials and water sciences... Training is provided by 130 teaching staff and almost 300 guest lecturers from the business world.

The aim: to adapt teaching to the demands of a market that is evolving at the speed of technological innovation. Here, the " school spirit " is not an empty word: students are treated as friends and family. It's a cocktail that makes Polytech one of the most relaxed training facilities in the UM. But that's only on the surface, as students are expected to take up positions of responsibility in sensitive sectors such as aeronautics, automotive, food safety, robotics and aerospace as soon as they leave the school...

A student's view of school

Baptiste Théau, 4th year student in microelectronics and automation, President of the Student Life Office (BVE)

Like many people, I didn't know anyone when I arrived, as many students come from other cities. Integration is therefore a very important moment. It's built around sports activities and evening events organized by the school's various associations and the BVE. As a result, affinities are discovered even before classes start. This year, the BVE will be randomly distributing coloured bracelets to form 8 teams who will compete in challenges for a whole month... The aim is to unite people beyond their years of study, since students from all over the world will be taking part. first-year students will find themselves mixed in with 3rd-year students... "

Key figures

  • 1,400 students
  • 10 specialties
  • 50 administrative and technical staff
  • 130 teachers
  • 300 professional speakers
  • More than 100 partner universities worldwide
  • 600 host companies
  • 12 partner research laboratories

Polytech behind Kito de Pavant!

Since 2014, Polytech and the Languedoc sailor Kito de Pavant have been involved in a partnership around "Made in Midi", the
collaborative program to develop a boat cut out for the greatest sailing races.
A golden opportunity for the engineering students to take up a major technological challenge: to participate in the development of a boat capable of sailing for several months, non-stop, in the legendary Vendée Globe. Although the navigator was unlucky in 2017, being forced to abandon in the southern seas, the experience enabled Polytech students to put their knowledge into practice in the design of decision-making tools, the choice of materials and even the design of elements such as the rudder, made by a UM team including several Polytech students!

Polytech team wins the Coupe de France de Robotique 2018

On May 10, 11 and 12, 2018 in La-Roche-sur-Yon, Robotech Legends, the robotics club made up of Polytech Montpellier alumni, won the French Robotics Cup and finished 3rd in the Eurobot Open final.

During this fun, scientific and technical amateur robotics challenge, participants had to design and build an autonomous robot that complied with the rules and the spirit of the event, and was able to take part in the matches.
The Robotech Legends team is made up of five Polytech Montpellier alumni: Romain Penot, Alexandre Schutz, Denis Jullien, Carole Jacquinot and Guillaume Patrigeon, acting as team leader and doctoral student at LIRMM in the Microelectronics department.