Safran signs partnership agreement with Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris

Paris, January 22, 2013

Jean Chambaz, President of Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), and Jean-Luc Bérard, Safran Vice President, Human Resources, today signed a campus partnership agreement, the first step in building broader collaboration between Safran and UPMC.

According to the agreement, Safran and UPMC will:

  • Facilitate exchanges between Safran employees and UPMC students and recent graduates, through initiatives including workshops, special events, career development support for students, etc.
  • Facilitate Safran's contribution to teaching by providing course content reflecting the Group's areas of expertise.
  • Detect and recognize young talents who are excited by Safran's businesses and technologies, possibly leading to an internship (during or between studies), doctoral degree, Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) program or employment.
  • Promote career opportunities and jobs at Safran for UPMC students, and facilitate their professional integration.

The partnership agreement will result in an annual action plan for students taking engineering, information technology and mathematics courses, as well as the engineering master's program. It could be extended to cover other courses at UPMC, depending on how the partners' respective needs develop.

"Safran is once again recruiting nearly 3,000 people in France this year, including 75% engineers and management staff," noted Jean-Luc-Bérard. "To support our development, we have to hire the best people available, and this partnership will give us direct access to the talent pool at UPMC. It will also enable us to increase hiring of university students, thereby further diversifying our own workforce, which helps drive innovation. Safran is firmly convinced that teaming up with academia is an imperative if we are to achieve the technological breakthroughs and develop the innovative solutions needed tomorrow."

UPMC President Jean Chambaz added: "The partnership between universities and industry has to be more than ambitious, it must be audacious. UPMC has undertaken in in-depth revamp of our courses, starting with our bachelor's and master's degree programs. Our education is enriched by embracing this research culture, and gives our graduates the skills needed to develop creative, diversified careers. Behind the revolution in our curriculum are burgeoning links between education and research, the growth of interdisciplinary approaches and relations with business and industry. The world is facing very complex problems, calling on the full force of human intelligence and comprehensive solutions that aren't bounded by academic disciplines. The first step we have taken today marks a pioneering partnership in expanding our graduates' scope of job possibilities."

Safran had already welcomed several UPMC students as interns in 2012, subsequently hiring them.


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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UPMC is the largest scientific and medical university complex in France. It teaches all major scientific and medical disciplines at 18 campuses and locations across France, including chemistry, electronics, IT, mathematics, engineering, physics, earth and environmental sciences, life sciences and medicine.
Courses at UPMC encompass the requirements of subsequent integration in the professional environment, and the university supports its students and develops their skills and knowledge throughout their education, from undergraduate to graduate degrees.
UPMC at a glance: 10,500 staff (UPMC and other), including 8,200 in research; 32,000 students, including 6,400 international; 3,400 doctoral students and 790 theses defended each year. Along with fellow universities Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and Paris Sorbonne (Paris 4), UPMC is a founding member of PRES (Pôle de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur, Sorbonne Universités), the Sorbonne research and higher education cluster .For further information, see, - Follow @UPMC and @ProUPMC on Twitter -  Facebook

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