Recognized as an Initiative for Excellence in Innovative Training (IDEFI)
In 2012, the schools of Yncréa Hauts-de-France have submitted a project in response to a call for projects in the framework of the program of Initiatives for Excellence in Innovative Training for its ADICODE project, focused on its educational gateway.
The educational component of the ADICODEs® has been provided with a budget of 5 million Euro over a period of 6 years.
This financing was awarded by an international jury to the educational program of the ADICODEs. The management of the IDEFIs is ensured by the National Research Agency (ANR).
Yncréa Hauts-de-France, with the ADICODE project, is one of 37 winners (chosen from among more than 200 candidates) and this secured IDEFI financing of up to 5 million Euros. It is the only winning project from among the IDEFIs of Hauts-de-France.
In order to complete the transdisciplinarity dimension of this educational project, 7 academic partners were involved with the IDEFI within the framework of a consortium:
- The Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in conjunction with the University of Lille 1
- The Catholic Institute of Lille (ICL)
- The School of Architecture of Lille (ENSAP)
- The Catholic Engineering Institute of Arts and Trades (ICAM)
- International School of Design (ISD) of Valenciennes
Learn, unlearn & relearn a wide variety of sciences, technologies
The “Global” Engineer
Training is one of the core business objectives of our schools. More specifically, the ADICODEs® is geared towards training future engineers and managers to lead innovation projects and on new approaches. In other words, we want to train them to be innovative.
We target skills that allow our graduates, once in the real world, to become relevant contributors to innovation projects, in businesses and in their professional careers.
More and more we are moving away from innovation that only comes from large disciplines and towards “co-disciplinary” integration innovation which combine technologies and service or usage innovation. This requires that tomorrows' engineers have the ability to innovate in new ways, to intersect a wide variety of different fields and be able to understand approaches such as design, marketing, art, creativity and the “sociology of uses”. Its key skills are moving from a universe dominated by the individual understanding of technologies which create, innovate and produce solutions, to a world where its ability to learn, unlearn and relearn the widest variety of sciences and technologies which are part of a collective intelligence and creator of innovation. It is – in a way – a “global” engineer, that we want to help train.
Different Learning Approaches
Several approaches for awareness training modules already exist.
24-hour innovation sessions take place in connection with international schools.
With a 4-day technical “co-design” option, there are modules which use a co-design session on the following subjects:
- Business Communication
- Joint Elaborative Praticezs, etc.
This affects 261 students in 2012/2013.
In the long term, more than 1000 students are involved per year.
This is an option at the end of the course related to the title of HEI, ISA or ISEN engineer.
The idea is to offer students of the three schools in Yncréa Hauts-de-France, an option in the field of innovation at the end of their studie: Lead an innovation project, monitor specific innovation projects, open and collaborative innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, life-cycle analysis, functional analysis, rapid prototyping, etc. combined with the scientific and technological courses of the schools.
This already exists – in the approaches which are continue to evolve and change - at ISEN with the breakthrough that is HTID (High Technologies and Innovation Design) and at ISA with the further development of Innoval (agri-food innovation).
An International Master’s Degree
To offer an innovation training curriculum to French and international students, a Master’s thesis project (M1/M2), mostly in English, was started for the start of the academic year in September 2014.
This is for students at the Master’s 1 and Master’s 2 level. In other words, this is for students at the end of the engineering degree program. There is a learning approach for each project, which makes it possible to deal with real innovation subjects provided by businesses in Yncréa Hauts-de-France.
A “real-life” innovation project management with the objective of contributing to the advancement of creating an innovative product, service process or even a use. In 2012/2013, 165 students were involved in the co-eLAB projects and completed 30 subjects.
Teams of students are composed of 4 to 6 members, and are inter-school as much as possible.
The project duration is approximately one trimester (full-time or up to 2.5 days per week depending on the which establishment the students come from). The students are supervised by a teacher-researcher, ensuring the proper project methodology is followed. These guidelines are added to by the contribution of one or more trainer/researchers who play the role of "technical references" who can be consulted on their expertise by the student team.
The projects are made up of creative and collaborative sessions, with the contribution of a co-design facilitator. Regular meetings are held with the sponsoring business, until the final defense of the thesis.
At the end, 100 subjects per year are assigned to us by the companies and will be lead according to this approach, involving more than 500 students who will therefore be aware of and trained in innovation approaches.
ADICODE®: Specific Facilities
Yncréa Hauts-de-France is finalizing 2 facilities to hold 100 innovation projects each year and research activities in “co-design and collective intelligence”. These facilities included a center of co-design and project team designed to hold the co-eLAB projects led by the student teams and teacher-researchers to innovate in conjunction with the businesses. In one of these facilities there will be the addition of a manufacturing laboratory, sixty square meters in size to install rapid prototype tools (such as 3D printers for example), and which will make it possible to contribute to innovation projects that are produced.