Centrale Méditerranée Fosters a Responsible Open Source Culture

March 15, 2023


At its new campus in Nice, the Centrale Méditerranée school is launching a new Bachelor's degree course in responsible engineering and digital transformations. Carole Deumié, Director General, confirms the guidelines.

What jobs will have the future graduates of the Bachelor's degree starting in September 2023 ?

Carole Deumié: The jobs targeted on graduation from the Bachelor in Responsible Engineering and Digital Transformations are project managers and assistant engineers, with a broad culture and specialisation in digital transformation, sustainable development or cybersecurity, the latter being developed in cooperation with the SCS (Secured Communicating Solutions) cluster. The best students will be able to apply for the engineering degree course. The others will enter a company and may join us later for lifelong learning.

What innovation efforts do you plan to carry out in Nice and with which partners?

Carole Deumié: We have carried out our project, in terms of research, with the Université Côte d'Azur. We have recruited three teacher-researchers who will be working on the University's premises. We are also working in partnership with the Mediterranean Institute of Risk and Sustainable Development, with whom we already have a joint training course; with the 3IA institute (Interdisciplinary Institute of Artificial Intelligence) and the I3S laboratory (Computer Science, Signals and Systems Laboratory of Sophia Antipolis), which are very connected to the companies in the region.
In terms of students, we are starting with the Bachelor's degree in Nice. But we're going to quickly accompany engineers, and go to a higher scale with a rise in numbers from 2025, as soon as we can develop platforms in conjonction with the University and the institutes.  

Will open science and open source software be encouraged?

Carole Deumié: Laboratories naturally use open source tools. This practice of researchers will be disseminated in the training courses that we provide for our students. We provide training based on open source codes and on the commercial tools that they will encounter in the business. But whenever we can, both internally and in the context of teleworking, we encourage and propagate the open source culture. For example, to make our students' skills visible on digital résumé, we use badges with the Open Badge Factory application.  

Faced with the frantic pace of digital innovation and private sector profits from automation, AI and robotics, how could digital frugality win over businesses?

Carole Deumié: The message we want to convey is that we need to evolve, to find solutions. But we need to use technology and digital technology wisely. Talking about sobriety is not contradictory with science, technology and digital technology. Each company will find its own way. Centralians will contribute, in their own way, to help companies and organisations evolve.