The French computer school network will open an establishment in the smart city of Sèmè City in Benin. Registrations will open on October 6 for a new start in February 2019.

The first African campus of the French computer school network, Epitech, will be Beninese. It will be installed in the premises of the ecosystem Sèmè City, partner of the project which required an investment of about 500,000 euros. Developed as a franchise, the school will offer a three-year English course. Registrations will be launched on October 6th.

Internships of four to six months
The project is led by Ouanilo Medegan, himself a graduate of Epitech Paris in 2007, who became a project manager at the Beninese Presidency, in charge of digital and digital security. As of February 2019, 30 to 35 students will return to work for a staggered year ending in October 2019, during which they will begin a four to six month internship in a company.

On this subject, the Epitech Benin teams are stepping up their meetings with companies ready to welcome trainees, such as Open SI, specialized in digital transformation or Comtel Technologies, a technology solutions provider.

ALTHOUGH IT WAS REDUCED IN RELATION TO THE FRENCH PRICES, THE BENIN OFFER HAS ALSO COST.

Although it has been reduced compared to the French prices, the Beninese offer nevertheless has a cost: 2,000,000 CFA francs (about 3,000 euros) for tuition fees for the first two years and 2,500,000 CFA francs for the third (about 3,800 euros). To make the school more accessible, a scholarship system will be set up and some students will receive financial support from the founding companies.

Drastic selection
“We start with a rigorously selected promotion to give them the maximum attention,” says Ouanilo Medegan, who is not at his first school establishment, since he has already participated in the installation of Epitech in China.

The selections will be done in two stages. The first phase will be punctuated by several days of recruitment during which candidates will be subjected to tests and exercises. The goal for the Epitech team: to observe the behaviors and to detect the candidates who will be able to adapt to the pedagogy of the school.

WE WANT TO TRAIN RIGOROUS STUDENTS, WHO KNOW THE LOGIC OF ANY COMPUTER LANGUAGE. “

Reverse pedagogy
Co-founded in 1999, by Nicolas Sardignac, since launching school 42 with the French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, the school network for computing and new technologies (Epitech) is indeed at the origin of the so-called “reverse” pedagogy adopted since many schools of computer code. This invites students to learn for themselves by solving team cases. “We want to train rigorous students, who know how to understand the logic of any computer language. For this they are subject to problems that they must solve themselves, without teachers to guide them, “details Ouanilo Medegan.

The network has 17 institutions in six countries. Ouanilo Medegan, who brings his experience but is not an employee of the Epitech network, will let Johanne Bruffaerts, founder of the Alchemists, a Parisian company specializing in training in the social and solidarity economy, who is responsible for the development and the communication from the school and Emmanuel Solomo, an elder of Epitech. Ultimately, all hope to offer Beninese students, the continuation of courses in master 1 and 2 in Paris.

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