The Fondation Mines-Télécom and Thales: a partnership backing digital research and the education of the next generation of engineers

The Fondation Mines-Télécom has recently signed a triennial partnership with Thales, the world leader in the aerospace, transport, defense and security technology markets. The aim of the agreement is to strengthen links between Thales and IMT’s Télécom graduate schools (Télécom Paris, Télécom Bretagne, Télécom SudParis, Télécom Ecole Management), and it is proof of Thales’s support for education, research and innovation in digital engineering graduate schools.

Innovation is one of Thales’s priorities and we invest significantly in research and technology. The company is outward-looking and maintains a network of partnerships with various establishments, numerous SMEs and top academics working in the same fields. It is within this context that we have decided to join forces with the Fondation Mines-Télécom” explained Marko Erman, Senior Vice President and technical director of Thales.

Thales is particularly interested in the research program Futur & Ruptures (Future & Disruptive Technologies), one of IMT’s projects backed by the Fondation Mines-Télécom, which provides financial support for theses on highly specialised and groundbreaking topics. It comes alongside more “operational” partnerships and the Institut’s work to encourage entrepreneurship and support start-up businesses.

Yves Poilane, director of Télécom Paris said, “This agreement with the Fondation Mines-Télécom will help further strengthen existing links between Thales and our graduate school’s research laboratories, especially on new joint projects such as Big Data. We are also currently collaborating on the recruitment of our recent graduates, many of whom already hold various positions within Thales.

Thales has joined the Fondation Mines-Télécom’s circle of partners alongside the dozen other companies already associated: Alcatel Lucent, BNP Paribas, Google, Orange, SFR, etc.

Guy Roussel, president of the Fondation Mines-Télécom, explained that “as one of the main players in the digital technology market, Thales is a strong ally for IMT’s ambitions to further global research and higher education. We hope to persuade other companies in the digital technology field to join us and expand this high-tech network.

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