Two IDEFIs have been certified on the Toulouse site : " DEFI DIVERSITES " and " FREDD ".



The aim is to promote equal opportunities by involving people from diverse backgrounds in the engineering degree, whether during initial training or in life long training. The focus is on new teaching methods, suited to different target audiences: such as Generation Y, dubbed generation "zapping" in French (the majority), or multidisciplinary profiles.

Educational innovation

This innovation affects the ability to:

  • better respond to student diversity,
  • build bridges through better recognition of the skills acquired and permeabilization of the training provided,
  • to change the training methods, forms and content,
  • transform students into engineer "without borders" by developing education that stands the test of globalization, fully benefiting from the cultural diversity of its stakeholders.


  • Securing training programmes, including the "flexisécurité ascendante" (ascending flexicurity) from the VIASUP programme- the only preparatory class in French higher education (PECS) to accommodate technology,
  • developing of  trans-establishment training (generalization of the CREDIGE week where students can attend lessons in a school other than their own, developing a joint international training etc.),
  • enhancing teaching objectives to meet the challenges of diversity: training lecturers jointly, organizing open sessions to share best practice in order to foster links between lecturers and facilitate the formation of multi-establishment educational teams, improving the integration of new lecturers.

The IDEFI « FREDD » Train the economists of tomorrow

The FREDD project aims to raise the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) to the best international standards. Its training programmes offer a third option in French higher education combining the best of the grandes écoles and the best of university, thereby creating excellence and social openness. The aim of the project is to consolidate this ambitious and innovative approach, taking up the challenge of open education, offering multidisciplinary and demanding training, while differentiating students as their talents become apparent.

The project is focused on

  • The acquisition of skills, based on three dimensions: knowledge, know-how and soft skills, these being the common thread of the project.
    • Know: teaching basic materials in small groups, strengthening continuous supervision, interaction between students and lecturers, individual supervision of students. Masters are taught in English and students are better prepared through the strengthening of teaching of English and the creation of TD courses delivered in English for certain degree content.
    • Know-how: learning by problem-solving has been implemented and very concrete actions have helped to bring the business world closer to our students.
    • Soft skills: students are studying in an international environment (40% of Masters students at the Ecole are foreign, representing more than 80 nationalities). French students can validate their first Masters year in one of eleven partner universities, this in addition to the possibility of rewarding mobility.
  • Strengthening college-university links.
    • Partnerships have been established with the  Rive Gauche Lycée in Toulouse to create the ARTE programme (Année Réussite à Toulouse en Economie (a year of economic success in Toulouse)) which allows young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who wouldn't have dared consider university education, to access outstanding training, and with the Pierre-Paul Riquet Lycee, in the framework of an experiment in the HE programme aimed at strengthening conditions for the success of future graduates in this sector.
  • The development the graduate network through the "TSE Alumni" association and a community platform.