French Education System Organization from Secondary School to University to Prepare Future Engineers to Sustainable Development and Eco-design

  • Catherine PerpignanEmail author
  • Vincent Robin
  • Philippe Girard
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 66)


Today companies must respect environmental laws and standards so the need for skills in the field of sustainable development is increasingly urgent. However, we realize that in terms of education we often propose an awareness approach but it is not enough this concept has to integrate the training curriculum. This is particularly true for engineering education that trains specialists in their field that generally not possess a systemic vision of sustainability. It is a consequence of the fact that their training is limited to a Sustainable Development module too superficial or placed at the end of university. This article presents the French education system organization from secondary school to university to prepare future engineers to SD and eco-design. Our objective is to put in evidence strengths and weaknesses of the French organization of the sustainability development trainings.


Technology education Secondary school Curriculum Education for sustainable development (ESD) Eco-design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Perpignan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vincent Robin
    • 2
  • Philippe Girard
    • 2
  1. 1.ESPE d’AquitaineUniversity of BordeauxMérignacFrance
  2. 2.University of Bordeaux—IMS LaboratoryTalenceFrance

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