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(EIVP) The Paris Engineers’ School

Author: Sophie Banette

"The object of the EIVP curriculum is to create a corps of engineers capable of analyzing urban problems from a global and interdisciplinary point of view.


The school was created in 1959 to train engineers in the design and implementation of urban strategies. At this time, the school was an answer to the new developmental constraints Paris and other cities had to face. The diploma was accredited by the "Prefecture” of Paris. In 1971, the Prefecture asked that the school’s educational program be recognized by the State, and this became effective on July 21st of that year.

The school really became the EIVP in 1977. Its original mission (training specialists in urban technology) was updated with the following objectives:

·      To train public service administrators who will provide a link between elected officials and the public; and

·      To train engineers to be effective representatives of infrastructure owners.

The total number of students was then determined each year by the City of Paris, according to its internal needs.

The program has evolved over the years. In 1986, the City of Paris’s need for new engineers decreased. At the same time, a cooperation between local authorities started to grow and this inspired the City of Paris to ask students who were non civil servants to take part in the program (until then, upon joining the school, a student would be paid and have local civil servant status). The idea was that the new category of students would work for other local authorities or companies working in partnership with the public sector."

Date Created: June 1999; Date Posted: April 2006







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