Humanist engineer: a model championed by VINCI, a major partner to the INSA Foundation
VINCI and the INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) Foundation signed a five-year partnership agreement at the beginning of the 2018 academic year to promote the humanist engineer model. The INSA group, which was founded by philosopher Gaston Berger, is France's leading network of engineering schools. Its engineering science curricula are constantly challenged and reshaped, through its Foundation, to adapt them to today's challenges and meet society's requirements.
VINCI holds several events every year at the group's seven schools (INSA Centre Val de Loire, INSA Hauts-de-France, INSA Lyon, INSA Rennes, INSA Rouen, INSA Strasbourg, INSA Toulouse). These events are aimed at promoting and embodying this model revolving around the humanist engineer, who thinks and acts for people and the planet.
During the first year of the partnership, an itinerant campus – called VINCI Camp – held one-day get-togethers. In 2018 and 2019, it brought almost 1,500 INSA students an immersion in what VINCI is doing to honour the commitments its Manifesto, through talks and workshops.
Once it had laid the foundation with VINCI's commitments, an all-new configuration was imagined for the following year to take conversations, trust and cooperation to the next level.
"Can engineers fix the world?"
A cycle of conferences and debates, moderated by Usbek & Rica, a media outlet that specialises in forward-looking topics, was organised in 2019 and 2020 at all INSA schools, initially in person then online due to health restrictions. VINCI employees, students, alumni and outside experts shared their views on the levers each can use for social cohesion and the environment. All responsible, all taking action! About 500 students took part in person in these conversations, and the broadcasts on social networks logged almost 28,000 views.
To share in these explorations and outline the portrait of tomorrow's humanist engineer, we encourage you to peruse the white paper from this cycle of conferences in the form of an inspiration sketchbook.