Jean-Marc Roué, Armateurs de France and Brittany Ferries President was the Grand Temoin of ENSM’s first year students’ first day at the French Maritime Academy, which took place on Thursday 7 September 2017 on the Marseille campus.
110 competitive entrance exam laureates and 6 admitted on records compose the new promotion of which 11% of women. 20% of the students come from the Academy of Rennes, 19% from Aix-Marseille, 8% from Bordeaux, 8% from Nantes, 5,5% from Paris, 5,5% from Nice, Rouen, Versailles and Poitiers represent 3,5% each, Montpellier and Toulouse 3% each, and the ones from Lille, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Dijon, Orléans, Nancy and Corsica are also represented.
They are all holders of a baccalauréat in Science. The average age of the new promotion is 18. The youngest one has just turned 16.
40% of the admitted passed the competitive entrance exam first time round, compared to 1/3 last year
The number of candidates coming directly from the final year increases steadily : 24% in 2015, 27% in 2016 and 34% this year.
« These encouraging results are without saying linked to the competitive exam’s reform which now sticks exactly to the Maths and Physics programmes of the final year in the Science specialisation » said Patrice Laporte, ENSM’s Managing Director who stresses that 23% of the promotion passed the baccalauréat with honours.
Another reason to be pleased with the results is the efforts made by the French Maritime Cluster and the Overseas Maritime Clusters which are starting to give positive results with the arrival of two New-Caledonians, one Tahitian, a female student from the Reunion and a male student from Martinique, two out of five with a baccalauréat with honours
To be noticed, the presence of a Franco-Australian, admitted on records, who chose to train at the ENSM to navigate under French-flag
« I believe in our professions, our blue economy with its growth potential, its wealth and jobs creation! » Jean-Marc Roué testified.
For the President of the shipowner’s union : « the main objective for Armateurs de France will be to accompany the renewal of the fleets by encouraging the type of innovation requested by the maritime industry and the recruitment of personnel always better trained to the awaited challenges ».
« I thus want to promote the French sailor know-how and excellence to an international level », he promised.
The 2017 first class officers promotion is following a dual training, deck and engine to obtain their « DESMM », merchant navy higher studies diploma and an engineer-level title.
Read the Grand Temoin’s speech, Jean-Marc Roué, Armateurs de France President