An Ethical and Cooperative School

Committed towards Sustainable Development

Logo plan vertIn the framework of the Green Project of the University of Orléans, the school firmly commits itself to respect Sustainable Development and Societal Responsibility.  There are different strategic axes to this approach for which governance, an action plan and some indicators have been set. The five main axes identified are:

    • Sustainable consumption and production: production inventory and follow-up – ranging from safe to dangerous waste collection and process – is going to be implemented through, for example, setting-up a policy for the management of printing flows.
    • Education and Training: the schools trains tomorrow’s decision-makers and is then responsible for raising their awareness in sustainable development since their behaviour and decisions will influence Humanity’s Future.
    • Climate Changes and Energy: the displayed objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emission. A carbon footprint of the building and its activities will be conducted with a strong participation of its engineering students and staff
    • Sustainable transportation and mobility: Polytech welcomes a great number of engineering students and staff members on the Campus and their trips must be taken into account to intend limiting environmental impact.
    • Governance: a sustainable development approach cannot be carried out isolated. It requires the support and involvement of all the stakeholders (engineering students, staff, local authorities...). It involves a strong impulse from management and clear participative governance.

Newspaper article from the République du Centredated August 22nd 2013, page 12.

Concerned by the Application of an Improvement Process

Logo ISO 9001Making quality management fall within Polytech Orléans’ daily approach is an aim which commits the school to a permanent continuous improvement process. The school is involved in a project aiming at generalizing the improvement process at all functioning levels and intends to be granted the ISO 9001 authentication before the end of 2014.

The works – begun in the framework of the improvement process applied to the greeting of the public – may also allow the school to be granted the Label Marianne.

Finally, implementing an improvement process also aims at placing the school in a sustainable environment (see above paragraph) which is strongly supported by Orléans’ conurbation and the network of Polytech schools.

Newspaper article from the République du Centre  dated May, 2nd 2013, page 12.Logo label Marianne

Pledged for gender equality

On the occasion of the signature of the Gender Equality Charter in French Higher Education,

Polytech Orléans appointed a gender equality referee and firmly committed to respect gender equality. Effective actions – related to both engineering students and staff – have been implemented and vigilance of the respect of these equality values is constant.

To know more about it: Download the higher-education la Gender Equality Charter.

Interested in Greeting New Pupils and Staff Members

At the beginning of each new school year, the school organizes a welcome ceremony for new pupils and their parents. It aims at introducing the school, its staff members and equipments as well as the student unions run by the Student Office in a congenial way.

Newspaper article from the République du Centre dated September, 18th 2013, page 11.

Partner of the Civilian Service Instiute

Logo de l'Institut du Service CiviqueAssociated to the action of the Institute for Civilian ServicePolytech Orléans accompanies the young who have proven they have potential and motivation, offering them to develop the skills necessary to the fulfilment of their future plan.

Taking part in an action which carries commitment values, the school helps young people with a strong potential as well as it improves its teams (engineering students, teachers, researchers, administrative and technical staff) without giving up its level of excellence.

Attentive to its Engineering Students and Staff Members

Image cause café Polytech OrléansThe engineering students and staff members spend a lot of their time in the school. Consequently, human relationships hold a leading position in Polytech Orléans. Anticipating professional relationships experienced in companies, the school always tries to maintain a work atmosphere as unfazed as possible. This allows developing new projects and answering international stakes linked to engineering training.

In concrete terms, informal meetings called Cause café are often held with the Head of School and staff members (once a month) and with students (once a trimester). Since it has been created, the school has appointed a mediator in charge of making communication easier, re-establishing relationships, transmitting complaints between users and management. This mediator is also the school referent for gender equality (see above paragraph).

Active Participant in the Program « Cordées de la réussite »

Logo Cordées de la réussiteThe school takes part in the “Cordées de la réussite” organised by the regional education authority of Orléans-Tours. This program aims at:

  • Suppressing psychological and cultural obstacles which can restrain students from a modest background and lead them to self-censorship when they have all the skills required to enter sectors of excellence,

  • Encouraging them to undertake long-term training courses, whether these are intensive foundation degrees, university education or prestige university-level colleges. 

Teachers and engineering students from the school work with different schools in the regional area. Speeches and visits take place in secondary-schools and respectively Polytech welcomes secondary-school pupils for introduction days and visits.

Committed to Professional Ethic Development

Logo RotaryEach year the school hires several teams of engineering pupils in the regional competition for the Promotion of Professional Ethic. This competition is organized jointly with the French districts of the Rotary and the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (Conference of prestige university-level colleges). It encourages participants to think about values to implement in order to build tomorrow’s society. The school supports this event since it develops students’ ethical thinking as their entry in professional life approaches.