Civic Engagement

A civic engagement for all students on the engineering programme

In 2017, Centrale Nantes introduced a civic engagement into the curriculum for all students on the engineering programme (starting in the first year and to be completed by March in the second year). This civic engagement builds on the fundamental values that the school strives to share with its students, staff and partners - openness, ethics and courage.

What constitutes a civic engagement?

A civic engagement is undertaken in the form voluntary work or community service, i.e. it is unpaid, which benefits a community outside the school.

Students can choose to serve communities such as associations, local authorities (town halls, local or regional authorities), or public institutions (museums, middle schools, high schools etc) in one of the following areas:
  • culture and leisure,
  • environment,
  • health,
  • solidarity,
  • education for all,
  • emergency crisis intervention
  • remembrance and citizenship,
  • sport,
  • international development and humanitarian action.

How does it work?

  • Compulsory activity for all students on the engineering programme, in addition to the first year internship
  • Duration: 100 hours (either in one shot - e.g. one month during the holidays, or on a weekly basis)
  • Can be undertaken within a school association if it benefits a community outside the school e.g. BRIO or ISF.

Examples of civic engagement projects underway in 2017/18

The first students to sign up for their civic engagement are involved in activities ranging from tutoring school children in foster care, to playing music in residential homes, to humanitarian action further afield, in countries such as Vietnam and Peru.
Published on January 16, 2018 Updated on September 1, 2021