logo-cdefiThe Conference of Deans of French Schools of Engineering (CDEFI) is a non-profit association of deans of French public and private schools of engineering and universities of technology authorized by the CTI (a French accreditation agency) to deliver the French engineering degree.
Created in 1976 by a decree issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, CDEFI is the local, national and international political and public voice of French schools of engineering and universities of technology.
CDEFI promotes the training of engineers in France, Europe and throughout the world. It supports higher education and research both in France and abroad by providing engineering schools a variety of services such as advocacy, policy recommendations, and project management.

While international competition in higher education and research is becoming tougher and tougher, French schools of engineering must lead common reflections and actions to face the new stakes of the sector.
CDEFI advisory services include:

  • Day-to-day management support to the deans of engineering schools;
  • Publication and dissemination of research and strategic paper to its members;
  • Public advocacy on all research and higher education topics;
  • Promoting engineering trainings and jobs in France and abroad;
  • Defending the interests of French engineering schools;
  • Organizing and encouraging the exchange of ideas between members through workshops, seminars, and monthly meetings.

Every structure delivering the engineering degree is responsible for its value and reputation. This is why the 206 French engineering schools that have been authorized by the CTI to deliver the engineering degree can become members of CDEFI and take advantage of the services we provide, regardless of their administrative supervision and statuses.



  • The French Higher Education sector counts 206 schools of engineering.
  • 134,523 students were enrolled in French schools of engineering in 2015-2016.
  • 28.4% of them were women and 14.3% were foreign students.
  • The number of engineering students increased by 130% between 1990-1991 and 2015-2016. In the meantime, the number of female engineering students increased by 222%.
  • 32,845 engineers were awarded the engineering degree by French schools of engineering in 2014.
  • 4,600 French engineering degrees were delivered to foreign students in 2014.
  • In France, more than 60% of the sciences and technologies masters’ degrees are engineering degrees.
  • 79% of engineers who graduated in 2015 found a job within 2 months of graduating.
  • In France, €34,346 is the annual average gross salary of engineers who graduated in 2015.
  • 91% of the engineers who graduated in 2015 work in the private sector.
  • 50% of PhD candidates in sciences and technologies were trained by a researcher from an engineering school in 2014.
  • 54% of research and development researchers in private companies hold an engineering diploma in 2013.