Higher Education in France and India

The impact of cultural and socio-economic factors

Event Date & Time

February 23, 2020 – 6 PM


Didier Clouteau, Distinguished Professor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department and Chair of the Academic Council, Centrale Supélec, Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, Île-de-France, France

Event Details

Speaker's Profile

Professor Clouteau got his Ph.D from Ecole Centrale Paris in 1990 and his HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in 2001. He was in CNRS for more than a decade, and has since 2003 been a Professor Ecole Centrale Paris, also having taught at Ecole Polytechnique. He has earned a high level of recognition as an exceptional and widely published researcher and educator and has also held several positions of responsibility.

He was the Dean of Academic Affairs at Mahindra Ecole Centrale (Hyderabad, India) between 2013 and 2017.

Professor Clouteau has also been an active volunteer in the field of education and civil rights.

Event Description

Professor Clouteau played a key role in the high-profile Indo-French collaboration project in the field of higher education, “Mahindra Ecole Centrale” which was set up in Hyderabad in August 2014, and which has successfully graduated its first batch recently. For more information on this collaboration, please see the article below.


Didier will share with us his insights from that experience of introducing the French model of engineering education in India, concerning : the differences between higher education in France and India; how they are related to socio-economic, political and cultural factors ; how the French model was adapted to the Indian context ; and the prospects for other such collaborations going forward.

This is a subject which touches all those who have experienced the two systems at different levels, whether as students, professionals, employers or parents.

Date and Time: Sunday 23 February, 6 pm

-> 06:00 – 06:30 pm : Cocktails and mingling
-> 06:30 – 08:00 pm : Presentation and discussion
-> 08:00 – 09:30 pm : Dinner

Participation Fee

30 €

Mode of Payment:

By cheque in the name of the restaurant or credit card. IPA members can use coupons if applicable.


Jodhpur Palace, 42 Allée Vivaldi, 75012 Paris, Tel: 0143407246

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RSVP closed as this is a past event.