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UNIVERSITY OF POITIERS 2004, April 15
 
The physiological and computer science engineering program turns 30
 

 
The physiological and computer science engineering program of the University of Poitiers has just celebrated its 30th anniversary; what a perfect time for a package that is one of its kind in France to take stock of the progress achieved!

Thirty years deserve a party! And so, this past March 20th, the computer science engineering program fittingly celebrated its three decades of existence. Over the course of an event-filled day, the students and the training managers succeeded in bringing together the program’s pioneers; this represented a tour de force. Flanked by a wide array of scholarly veterans, Yves-Michel Gargouil, the founder, and Michel Walden, who was the director for 20 years, alternated eyewitness accounts, memories and anecdotes.

Created in 1973 in the form of a French maîtrise in Science and Technology followed by a degree (the DESTAUP) specific to the basic and applied sciences UFR of the University of Poitiers, in fall 2000 the program evolved into a IUP and a DESS; earlier this year, it was transformed into a full-fledged Master’s; as of now, the physiological and computer science engineering program is the only lengthy training scheme in France offering a curriculum allying biology and computer-based skills.

“Its originality resides in this double competence. Students receive both teaching focused on the life and health-based sciences (biology, physiology, biotechnology) and teaching in computer skills”, notes Patrick Girard, director of the IUP in physiological engineering of the University of Poitiers.

A widely recognized training program

Recognized by the industry and by most of the large-scale pharmaceutical laboratories, the IUP in physiological engineering of the University of Poitiers draws benefit from the support of numerous professional and institutional partners. Each and every year, a new class composed of 100 young people recruited throughout the nation comes into being.

The multidisciplinary program is built around the different course units (acquisition and processing of information, computer science, business and communication, a common biology-based trunk…) and three options (physiological engineering and medicines, biotechnology and genetic engineering, biological and medical imagery). The ultimate objective of the 3 or 4 years is professional; the studies are concretized by master engineer and DESS degrees, both of which are soon to be supplanted by the Master’s.

The mastery of two foreign languages and acquaintance with businesses constitute two additional assets. The students’ curriculum is marked off by three long-term on-the-job training programs, many of which are located abroad, thanks to the relations the Institute maintains with more than 15 countries, including the United States, Canada and England.

Having completed their studies at the University of Poitiers, the students have precious little to worry about; even before closing them out, over 75% have already found a job. Even if virtually 100% wind up doing so, only a few choose to prolong their university years all the way to the Ph.D. level. Readily adaptable to the expectations of professionals, the program leads to executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, biotechnology, and biological and medical instrumentation; they necessarily involve production sites as well as work within research and development teams.



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