As stipulated in the decree creating ParisTech, Paris Institute of Science and Technology is a research and higher education consortium (PRES) constituted in the form of a public scientific cooperation institution (établissement public de coopération scientifique) (EPSC).
ParisTech has its own governance structure and coordinates several inter-Grandes Écoles committees:
The Executive Board is comprised of the President of ParisTech, three Vice-Presidents (Grande École Directors elected by the Board of Governors on a proposal from the President). The Executive Board assists the President in his duties. In particular, it is responsible for preparing the sessions and agendas for the Board of Governors.
- Armel de la Bourdonnaye (Director of the École des Ponts ParisTech)
- Yves Demay (Director of the École Polytechnique)
- Jean-Philippe Vanot (President of ParisTech)
- Bernard Ramanantsoa (Director of HEC Paris)
The Board of Governors is comprised of founding members, associate members, liaison members, qualified persons and elected representatives of personnel and doctoral candidates ( Board make-up). The Board of Governors determines the general orientations for the actions undertaken by ParisTech in the areas of education, research-development, cooperation outside the public institution (especially internationally), ParisTech promotion and the mobilisation of human and financial resources.
The ParisTech EPSC by-laws were conceived based on articles L.344-1 to L.344-10 of the France research law (code de la recherche). Consequently, the Board of Governors includes, in particular, a representative of each founding member, qualified persons and elected representatives from the founding schools’ working community.
Other provisions concerning, for example, the terms of decision-making votes, the implementation of optional projects, the creation of a restricted Executive Board around ParisTech’s president and the establishment of a scientific council and a strategic orientation council stem from the ParisTech association by-laws.
The Strategic Orientation Council is comprised of key outside figures, including renowned scientists (European in particular), key figures from the business community, a representative holding at least the position of central administration director from each of the supervisory ministries, one or more representatives of former students plus the local public authorities. The Strategic Orientation Council’s missions are to:
- approve the strategy established by the Board of Governors and, in particular, its long-term strategic plan
- assess the implementation of common actions developed by the institution
- recommend and propose all short, medium and long-term actions
The Scientific council is comprised of eminent figures, including scientific managers involved in the institution’s programmes and outside figures ( Scientific Council (SC) make-up). The Scientific council exercises an advisory role regarding the institution’s scientific policy. In particular, it provides an opinion and formulates recommendations in the following areas:
- scientific excellence and the international influence of ParisTech’s research actions
- the scientific and technological outlook in order to detect and anticipate ParisTech’s new educational and research fields
- ParisTech’s scientific strategy and its implementation through cross-functional, inter-institutional and interdisciplinary programmes
- the linking of education and research and the related tools (ParisTech chairs, doctoral candidates recruitment policy, etc.)
- innovation and transfer strategies
There are 4 “inter-Grandes Écoles committees.” Each one includes workgroups and the corresponding managers in each Grande École:
- Industrial relations and partnerships
In addition to these committees, there is a “Diversity” committee and a “Masters” committee. The committees are prepared and led by the ParisTech SC delegate in charge of the area. The delegate is directly responsible for the corresponding ParisTech budget. A director of one of the Grandes Écoles acts as the steering committee President and the ParisTech SC delegate’s advisor. He reports to his colleagues, the SOC and the Board of Governors.
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