La Martinière Diderot, in its educational mission, values international openness as one of the top priorities of its performance agreement.
This characteristic is present in all the sections of the School: European classes starting in 2nde, design workshops with foreign contributors, externalisation of Design higher studies (DSAA, semester 5), field trips abroad.
In the Higher Education Design program, language skills are developed, and students are given the opportunity to do their internship or to spend a semester abroad.
In that purpose, our international strategy has been based for 5 years now on modules in other European countries (London Calling, Amsterdamned), foreign-language guests who hold workshops with our students, conventions with universities or Higher Education Schools of Engineering (members of an Erasmus+ consortium). It is also based on close ties with a network of European design agencies and companies.
On account of the specificities of our courses (BTS and DSAAD – Design or Industrial 2-year and 4-year higher education diplomas), we mainly target partners which can provide similar courses (same level and same field of activity).
All our students study English and have a satisfactory mastery of the language (B2/C1 > CEFRL). But we also develop partnerships in other countries than English-speaking countries, to give our students the opportunity to open up to different cultures and languages.
Thus, added to Germany and Denmark, partner schools are implanted in Belgium (under progress), in the Netherlands and in Italy.
Besides, the privileged situation of our school, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, makes it easy for us to consider new cooperations with neighbouring countries, and to widen our perspectives towards Southern Mediterranean countries and Eastern European countries.
Our wish to develop new partnerships is part of a quality approach to the higher education in Design delivered in our School. In this sense, the courses catalogues (following the official curriculum), the recognition of training tools (ECTS, Diploma Supplement and Europass Mobility), the means provided (online tools, collaborative platforms, social networks) reinforce the attractiveness of our courses and give great value to internships abroad.
Thanks to the close relation-ships that have been developed for several years with institutional and professional partners, thanks to networking with contacts, La Martinière Diderot can implement and develop European and international cooperative projects.
Being part of the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda, La Martinière Diderot means to bolster the quality of education provided, as well as the results obtained by the students in their BTS and DSAAD exams. It is also an opportunity to propose new pedagogical approaches and learning methods, adapted to our students’ profiles.
Cooperating with new partners (institutions and companies), adapting to the labour market situation and to the necessity for new skills: these are challenges that we intend to meet, so as to promote higher education and to facilitate staff and student mobility.