Eco-innovation is the development of technical and management approaches to the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of human settlement. Successful eco-innovations solve environmental problems, and create business opportunities. This one-year, internship-based post-graduate degree is conducted in English by a partnership of university and industry-based instructors, aiming to give you the skills and experience needed to join the next generation of eco-innovation entrepreneurs and managers.
The programme is managed by the Econoving International Chair in Generating Eco-Innovation, whose research and development activities bring students a rich array of further educational opportunities. From listening to seminar speakers to participating in the Chairs research programme and its pilot projects in our home city of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, students from around the world are immersed in the theory and practice of eco-innovation.
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Our approach to eco-innovation management is highly interdisciplinary, recognizing that eco-innovation is a blend of elements of specific technologies, management techniques, environmental philosophy and movements, sustainable development, and innovation systems.
During academic terms you will learn about these areas of eco-innovation throughout five modules of varying length, integrated to create a coherent narrative, beginning in the first term with a focus on the problems of eco-innovation, the range of methods used to face those problems; major scientific challenges and technologies; environmental and socio-economic evaluation. In the second academic term you will turn from problems and methods related to specific technologies available now tothe aspects related to social embeddedness and governance; your learning journey continues with finance and entrepreneurship, benefitting the first-hand experienceof professionals in venture capital and entrepreneurship, and closes with a summarizing chapter on how eco-innovation works.
The red thread along the program is represented by the Integration Seminar, comprising sessions that are dedicated to team-work on assignments on the eco-city of the future. Using immediate inputs from current eco-innovation projects coordinated by Econoving, as well as your own aptitudes, you will look into the future to face eco-innovation problems, and propose solutionsfor eco-cities. We have taken care to create space for individualized learning to improve your skills or knowledge in specific areas where you have an identified weakness, or simply where you want to improve your strength to become a better eco-innovator following graduation from the program.
Module M1: Eco-innovation and competitiveness in a globalizing economy
Module 2: Major scientific challenges and technologies for sustainability
Module M3: Methods and tools for economic and environmental evaluation
Module M4: Social acceptability
Module M5: Finance and entrepreneurship
You will learn in the classroom and in internship situations where you will address real eco-innovation management problems faced by our industry partners. Throughout two intensive nine-week academic terms you will be guided by a combination of university- and industry-based instructors, studying a total of six eco-innovation modules. During internship terms you will take up a paid internship with one of our industry partners, addressing a real eco-innovation management problem. Your learning in academic terms will be integrated and applied to a real-life eco-city innovation problem in an Integration Seminar combining group and individual work.
306 in-class hours over six modules, plus an integration seminar
4 9-week academic/industry terms
Your progress will be assessed on an individual basis within course modules, internships and the Internship Clinic, and in evaluation of a personal portfolio. Your work as a team-member will also be assessed, in the context of the Integration Seminar.
Dates reflect the university's timezone.
As an interdisciplinary, post-graduate programme we seek candidates with strong academic records and demonstrable capacity for boundary-crossing learning and application of learning. Candidates with technical backgrounds may be preferred as candidates suitability for available internship postings is a key part of our evaluation process.
Applications from all other candidates are welcomed by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.
All candidates whose prior degrees were achieved in a language other than English must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language via provision of appropriate formal documentation:
If you reside in one of the countries listed below, you are obliged to apply for admission via the official government's website for foreign students:
Countries concerned by this procedure: Algeria, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Chilie, China, Colombia, Congo (Brazaville), Czech Republic, Gabon, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Senegal, Russia, S. Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.
If you need help with the application process, please contact your local French embassy or CampusFrance office for advice and guidance.
Registration fees are composed of: Tuition and library fees: 237 euros; University preventive-medicine service: 4,57 euros; Health Insurance Fee (sécurité sociale étudiante): 200 euros (If you are under 28 and you have no health insurance)
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