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Sutdying in a Grande École often allows you to forge strong links with other students. Those high points moments shared with other students help creating and maintaining this tream spirit.
This event is held on the occasion of the start of the school year each September and brings all 1st year students together to allow them both to discover the school, its environment and its values. Greeted by your teaching staff and 2nd year students, you will take your first steps at IPAG in a friendly and exciting atmosphere. Concretely, after a day dedicated to visiting the campus and introducing the school, you start working in groups, under the sympathetic eye of your professors, during a 3-day business game. This is a way to get to know your classmates and tackle your first challenges together.
Just a few weeks after the school year starts, you will go away for the unmissable integration weekend. For three days, you will participate in sporting and fun activities: pool party, foam party, blind test, volleyball, archery, softball... Organised by the Students' Office, each year in a different place (Bassin d'Arcachon, Var, Ardèche...), this weekend is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, live unforgettable moments and to forge lasting relationships with your classmates who, like you, have just joined the IPAG.
Those unique experiences aim to forge a spirit of cohesion among students.
The Sport Office organises each year at the end of February or at the beginning of Marsh, a one-week stay in the French Alps (Alpe d'Huez, Risoul, Megève...) for all students who wish to come together for skiing, snowboarding, enjoying the fresh air or just partying with students from all classes.
The climax of your student life, the graduation ceremony is an opportunity to mark the end of your studies together with your classmates, teachers, friends and family. On the stage of a prestigious hall, you are invited to the graduation ceremony to receive your diplomas, the trophies of the graduating class and the best graduation theses before the festivities begin.
Since our pedagogy is built on concrete learning and in order for you to be fully operational at the end of your studies, your course at IPAG is marked with numerous Business Games. They allow you to put your knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills into practice in a fun way and in real-life conditions, in order to respond to a real-life case study brought to you by a company.
The purpose of this Business Game is to organise a tradeshow to promote and market the product from a partner company. During a week, this challenge puts your team spirit to the test and teaches you how to put your skills to work on a hands-on project.
During the annual #Negoc'IPAG contest, four to six companies submit a business negotiation case to our Grade 5 students in the Grande École Programme. After 2h30 of preparation, the student begins the negotiation phase in front of a jury of seasoned professionals. For the companies involved (CBRE, Altran, IZI by EDF...), this event is an opportunity to get a fresh look at their issues and to identify future graduates with high potential. On your side, it's a chance to test your persuasive abilities in front of professional business people.
Besides the challenges taking place at IPAG, our students also compete in Business Games outside the school, such as Agorize, against teams from other schools. In October 2019, IPAG students won the Sustainable Beauty Challenge, led by Cosmetic Valley in partnership with the LVMH group. After an intense hackathon involving 900 participants, the IPAG project seduced the LVMH group, which is now continuing its collaboration with the winners. These events are all opportunities to showcase your talents to recruiters.
Within the framework of so-called "Culture and Discovery" trails, the IPAG allows you to learn about disciplines other than management and to develop your creativity.
Each year, the school offers about twenty Culture and Discovery trails in domains as diverse as art, psychology, history or the media. These less academic courses are often set up in partnership with renowned establishments such as the École de Condé for graphic arts, ESMOD for fashion design, the Gustave Moreau Museum for art history or the Ritz Hotel for gastronomy.
These Culture and Discovery trails contribute to your personal development while developing your critical spirit and creativity.
A few examples of courses...
The X'trem trails of the Grande École Programme are an invitation to surpass oneself, through unusual situations.
Solidarity and surpassing yourself are fundamental values in the life of a company and people management. To ensure that these values do not remain empty words during your studies, IPAG has, from the very beginning of the Grande École Programme, put in place experiences designed to help you put them to the test.
As part of the so-called "X'Trem" trails, you will be placed in groups for a week, in unusual situations, to help you push back your limits. It can be a survival course in the high mountains in very cold weather, an immersion in the middle of nature for meditation, an equestrian hike in total autonomy or a cyber security simulation.
A few examples of suggested experiments...