» In 1998, ENAC, ENSICA , ENSMA and SUPAERO , the 4 leading French “Grandes Écoles” for training engineers in aeronautics and space, decided to create together a new network of aerospace engineering schools (GEA : Group des Écoles Aéronautiques et Spatiales, France), based on their complementary offer in training programs and scientific excellence in research, in order to better respond to the growing needs of the European aerospace industry.
» In 2007, SUPAERO and ENSICA merged into a new institute called ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace).
» From Poitiers to Toulouse – the very heart of aeronautics and space in Europe – the 4 schools of GEA cover the whole spectrum of aerospace disciplines. In close synergy with their respective research laboratories, they train each year hundreds of expert engineers, project managers and general managers of the aerospace industry.
They also offer short courses for continuing education, as well as postgraduate degrees called “Specialized Masteres” by the “Conférence des Grandes Écoles” (the French association of higher education institutes), in the fields of aerospace engineering, aviation safety, air traffic control and airspace management, airport and airline management, satellite communications, complex aerospace project management and even general business administration.
The participation of numerous professionals in teaching is a guarantee of the coherence of the training given, which is supported by all the latest technical knowledge and takes into account constant evolution in industrial practices.
» GEA was also the initiator of the creation of PEGASUS, a unique European network of all the major European institutions, universities and “Grandes Écoles”, covering all the thematic domain of higher education and research and aerospace.
Building up on its internal competencies, its close ties with the aerospace industry, as well as its international experience and the strong support of the PEGASUS network, the schools of GEA are now ready to take on to the new challenges facing the aerospace industry at the dawn of the 21st century.