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The INSA Group’s 5th Education and Training Symposium

30 March 2017 until 31 March 2017

5e colloque pédagogique formation

For 5717, the INSA Group’s 5th Education and Training Symposium will highlight 60 years of educational practices to sketch an outline of future training methods. 

The event is open to teachers, teacher-researchers and students of INSA Group establishments and will provide a platform for dialogue and exchange on the topic of educational experiments, innovations and practices.

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The Symposium will be based on four fundamental topics: 

  • The humanist engineer of today and the future. 

What does “being a humanist engineer” mean today? What will it mean tomorrow? How have Gaston Berger’s aims been transcribed into INSA’s current training programs? What are the anticipated and planned developments? What is the symbiosis between humanities training and scientific training?

  • Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity for the skills-based approach. 

While the skills-based approach is gradually being implemented in the establishments, what can interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity contribute to the training programs? How can we galvanize multidisciplinary educational teams?  How and what can we evaluate in these exceptional activities?

  • Guiding engineers through the digitization of their profession.

Digital technology has become a key part of the engineering profession, in terms of customary aspects (programming, office automation), forward-looking aspects, via social networks, inter alia, or personal aspects, given that engineers are faced with the growing importance of keeping control of their digital identities. How to assist the students with all of these aspects? Which teachers for which contributions? How to overcome the “digital divide” between the students? What can be done for those who are reluctant to embrace IT?

  • Supporting students’ personal development. 

Essential soft skills for both students and engineers include working efficiently, being organized, finding their place in a group and cooperating effectively, taking a step back to benefit from their strengths and work on their weaknesses. What roles do teachers play in their development? Designated teachers or joint problem? What strategies? Which areas of the training programs?


To encourage participants to share and exchange, the discussions may take many forms: experimental workshops, interactive feedback sessions, round tables, debates or posters.

Some time will be devoted to more specific meetings between managers and speakers of certain disciplines or specialist areas.

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