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Collège des Ingénieurs

As a Franco-German educational institution, the Collège des Ingénieurs has specialized in the further education of young, highly talented engineers and scientists. It is based in Paris, Munich and Turin. The management training (MBA) focuses on enabling future leaders to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial spirit and preparing them for responsible leadership. This is the reason why the fellows graduating from the Collège des Ingénieurs are predestined for innovative companies and businesses.

The close connection between theory and practice plays a major role at the Collèges des Ingénieurs : CEOs as well as important political personalities are guest speakers and lecturers at the Collège. Its alumni pursue careers in diverse, renowned companies and thus constitute an effective Network. The MBA programme offered by the Collège des Ingénieurs is fully financed by the participating companies (groups and medium-sized companies). For the partner companies the Collège constitutes a unique source of young talents. The alumni have a career in a variety of well-known companies and therefore constitute a fruitful network.


The Collège alumni network consists of over 2,600 former fellows, 500 from the German network. The vast majority are under 40 years of age. Today many of them hold highly responsible positions in the European economy, are succeeding as promising young directors of international companies, are in top management positions and responsible for many innovations as young managers. Some of them have even excelled as the founders of successful start-ups.

Dr. Friedhelm Rudorf

managing director of the DIHK Society for Training – Organisation for the Promotion of IHK training mbH

“Leadership is part of the character of a true leader; it is not a function of status or power. Effective leadership successfully combines personality, ability and a unique gift for inspiring people to work together towards common goals and leading them to success, both as individuals and as a team. Leadership is not only crucial at the top management level – qualified specialists and experts who demonstrate leadership qualities are needed throughout the organization. When this combination of flexible leadership traits come together, companies are enabled to deliver top performances in a competitive business environment.”

Ingar Skaug

Chairman, Board of Governors, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC (USA), Brüssel, Singapore; Keynote Speaker German Leadership Award 2014

„Leadership is to inspire, motivate and align people to do their best work in service of the customer and of mutual corporate values.”

Stefan Heidbreder

managing director of Foundation for Family, Keynote Speaker Collège des Ingénieurs Alumni Convention 2014

“There is a world of difference between ‘managing’ and ‘leading’. The former is a craft, the latter a question of attitude. To lead an enterprise is more than scheduling time, coordinating employees or winning new markets. It is rather being aware of the fact that ownership, accountability and responsibility are interrelated. It is an attitude that combines ownership with a sense of responsibility to society. It is an attitude that functions like a deep reservoir of energy or strength, helping the firm to successfully sustain its position in competitive markets.”

Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele

Chairman of German Leadership Award e. V.

“Disruptive, technological change is the biggest challenge for forward-looking corporate management. Excellent leadership is a prerequisite for sustainable success in the context of Industry 4.0 (industrial internet) and digitalization.”

Frank Marrenbach

CEO Oetker Collection, Baden-Baden; Member of Jury German Leadership Award

“Leadership is a question of attitude, values, and, last but not least, nobleness of heart. Ergo, leadership begins first of all within oneself.”

Knut Stannowski

CEO, Collège des Ingenieurs Germany, Deputy Chairman of German Leadership Award e. V.

“Engineers and scientists will take on more responsibilities in the future. To ensure success, the Collège des Ingénieurs has been partnering closely with outstanding enterprises in Europe for over 30 years.”

Prof. Dr. Klaus Koziol

Katholische Hochschule im Breisgau, Freiburg, Member of the Board of Trustees of German Leadership Award e. V.

“A meaningful attitude yields real depth and direction and transforms a job into a true passion and career. Meaningful employment offers the individual the only certainty that he can generate new self-confidence in times of disruptive change.”

Lars Wagner

Executive Vice President MTU Aero Engines AG, Chairman of the German Leadership Award-Jury

“Leadership makes the difference when it comes to innovation.” 

Prof. Philippe Mahrer

Directeur Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris, Munich, Turin

“We have to grow beyond mere technical culture – which nonetheless must be very solid -, to permit the emergence of something more fundamental in the personality “

„Il faut aller au-delà de la culture technique – qui doit néanmoins être très solide – pour faire émerger quelque chose de plus fondamental dans la personnalité.“

Dr. Gerhard Rübling

Director of Human Resources TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

“To find the right employees, the recruitment process must focus on knowledge-mastery and deep awareness of corporate culture.”

Katharina Heuer

CEO Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e.V. (German Association for Personnel Management), Dusseldorf; Keynote Speaker German Leadership Award 2014

“Today’s employees demand more individuality and participation when it comes to their workplace. Companies must retool their approach to be seen as an attractive employer in the future.“

Prof. Thomas Edig

Chief Human Resources Officer Volkswagen AG, Stuttgart; Keynote Speaker German Leadership Award 2014

“I’m deeply convinced that leadership must be more direct and personal, less technocratic, closer to people, closer to business and closer to customers.“