The Congrès Arts et Métiers 2019 en Chine

Yvon Velot

President and Director @SINOMEKONG

After entering the School of Arts et Métiers in 1986, Yvon has been living in China for more than 20 years. In particular, he developed partnerships between Arts and Métiers ParisTech and Chinese universities and campaigned for a Congress of Arts and Métiers in China.

Beyond the size of its territory and the size of its population, it is through the speed of its development that China impresses, fascinates, intrigues and attracts at the same time. At the end of last year, China celebrated the 40th anniversary of the economic reform launched by DENG Xiaoping in December 1978. October 1st, 2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. But Chinese government authorities are already targeting its 100th anniversary in 2049, with the objective of making China the world’s leading economic power. Among the means implemented to achieve this goal, the Chinese government launched the “一带一路” programme of the New Silk Roads at the end of 2013, also known as the “Belt and Road Initiative”, and in May 2015 the “Made in China 2025” plan for the industry 4.0, also known as “China Manufacturing 2025”.

The theme chosen for the next world congress of the Society of A&M Engineers is more relevant than ever.

At a time when the last World Economic Forum on the theme “Facing Globalization 4.0”, where the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution were at the heart of many speeches and debates, has just ended in Davos, Switzerland, the theme chosen for the next World Congress of the Society of Professional Engineers is more relevant than ever, since it concerns engineers in the industry 4.0. This congress is not only topical, but it is even more innovative, since it will bring together for several days in Shanghai next October more than 500 A&M engineers from all over the world, with representatives of the academic world and the French and Chinese diplomatic world, to discuss together the partnerships in terms of the industry 4.0 that could be developed or strengthened between France and China. With Arts et Métiers, a founding member of the Alliance pour l’Industrie du Futur (AIF), the Society of A&M Engineers has set itself a very ambitious objective in line with the challenges to be met in the face of “Globalisation 4.0”.

In the past twenty years, more than 1000 Chinese students have followed training courses at Arts et Métiers and nearly 800 of them now have the title of Arts et Métiers engineer. At the same time, a large number of French students have had the opportunity to study for one or more semesters at renowned Chinese universities. Since the signature in 2008 of a first double-degree agreement “A&M Engineer – Chinese Master of Science” with Shanghai Jiaotong University, which is now effective with eight of the nine university partners of Arts et Métiers ParisTech in China, nearly 200 French students and approximately as many Chinese students have benefited from this exchange program of excellence. Coming from this Franco-Chinese or non-French curriculum, the nearly 1000 Arts and Crafts engineers who work in China today are for the most part essential actors in the developments related to the industry of the future in their companies.

The Congress will be an exceptional opportunity to show how much the training of the A&M engineer is more than ever that of the industrial engineer of the future.

Organising the 2019 A&M Congress in Shanghai thus appears to be both an obvious and an opportunity. This will be an exceptional occasion to show how much the training program of the A&M engineer is more than ever that of the engineer of the industry 4.0, in an increasingly complex international context. With the participation of representatives of the French and Chinese authorities and Chinese universities that are partners of Arts et Métiers, the Shanghai Arts et Métiers Congress 2019 aims to launch new bridges for economic, technological, human and cultural exchanges between France and China. It will be one of the key events of this year 2019 to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and the People’s Republic of China.

Yvon VELOT
31/01/2019

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