French higher education is bifurcated into two sectors – the university sector and the collection of grandes écoles. The latter implements a more demanding selection process and offer highly advanced programmes in engineering and business. ESIGELEC’s robust industry-oriented curriculum and exceptional pedagogy see it among the select few engineering schools recognised as grandes écoles. Grandes écoles are different from public universities in that they have rigorous admission standards, recruiting only a few hundred students every year to ensure individual attention.
Given their stature and rigorous admission standards, grandes écoles are traditionally the training ground of the political, administrative, corporate, and military elite. The professional training structure of the programme creates elite engineers and technologists, integrating a multidisciplinary and human component into its pedagogy. While students from the grandes écoles like ESIGELEC have the option to pursue higher academic learning, it is rarely the case as the exceptional training at these schools allows graduates to enter desirable avenues of private and public employment immediately.