The Cercle Docteurs & Entreprises


The Cercle Docteurs & Entreprises is a business club created by ParisTech in 2010. It is an exchange platform to co-operate with businesses about the doctoral programmes and to understand their expectations in doctoral education, and the opportunity to become familiar with the specific features of doctoral education at ParisTech.


A common language in favour of doctoral education 

The club focuses on finding a common language for business and academic representatives to address each other's issues and to promote better mutual understanding.  

This exchange platform benefits from each individual's feedback to enrich the other's activities. Eventually, it will establish programmes intended to improve the anchoring of doctoral education in its socio-economic environment. 

The club covers a wide number of topics, such as: 

  • business and the Grandes Écoles’ doctoral and research policy 

  • recruitment and career management for doctoral students

  • CIFRE team or " how to welcome a doctoral student in the laboratory" 

  • chairs and international   


Made up of managers of doctoral education in the ParisTech Grandes Écoles, doctoral student representatives, scientific directors and companies' HR directors, the club meets every six months at the headquarters of one of the member companies. 


Member companies: 

  • Alcatel Lucent 

  • Hudson

  • Altran

  • Lafarge

  • Arcelor Mittal

  • L’Oréal

  • AXA

  • Michelin

  • BCG

  • Renault


  • Rhodia

  • EADS

  • Saint Gobain

  • EDF

  • SNCF

  • Orange

  • Suez Environnement

  • GDF Suez

  • Thales

  • General Electric Healthcare



Examples of flagship achievements 

  • Annual employment survey of doctoral students from the ParisTech Grandes Écoles: since 2011, ParisTech has been co-ordinating a survey on the employability of young researchers who have defended their thesis in the laboratories of its Grandes Écoles during the past year. This survey has been performed since 2013 as part of a collaboration between the major higher education institutions in Ile-de-France.

  • Doctorate for Business course: an original programme intended to support doctoral students interested in preparing for their employability in business.

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