HISTORY OF EFREI PARIS
ENGINEERING SCHOOL OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

HISTORY OF EFREI PARIS
ENGINEERING SCHOOL OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
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Efrei draws on over 80 years of history, promoting rigor, vitality and excellence in the training of engineers with Information Technology as a key component of its programs. Efrei Paris engineers are more and more in demand and command increasing respect both in France and internationally.

1936

Ernest Lavigne founded the « Ecole Française de l’Electricité » (EFR) in response to a growing demand from society to train radio wave technicians, in particular for the merchant navy.

1945

At the end of the Second World War, EFR obtained state recognition and set about training engineers.   

1957

EFR’s engineering degree was recognized by the “Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur” (CTI).

1972

André Truong (class of 1959) co-invented the world’s first ever micro-computer (Micral-N).

1973

EFR naturally transitioned to the « Ecole Française d’Electronique et d’Informatique » (EFREI) focusing on two areas: Electronics and IT.

 

The 1980’s saw a significant increase in EFREI’s student numbers resulting in the construction of a new campus.

1986

Responding to the growing demand of companies facing the digitalization of their systems Esigetel—our future partner, then known as “École Supérieure d’Ingéniorat en Génie Électrique et Télématique,”—is created by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Melun (south region of Paris).

1987

Groundbreaking and construction of the EFREI campus in Villejuif.

1988

Esigetel becomes an autonomous institution.

1991

Five years after its creation, Esigetel achieved state recognition with its engineering degree accredited by the CTI.

2002

Rani Assaf (class of 1997) and Antoine Levavasseur (class of 1999) created the Freebox (an ADSL modem) offered by Free one of the leading French telecommunication and internet services providers today. 

2010

EFREI and Esigetel sign a Memorandum of Understanding to share a common campus and thus join forces.  

2012

David Gurlé, Esigetel Graduate (class of 1992), creates the encrypted messaging  platform Symphony, used world-wide in the finance sector.

2013

Sees the launch of the EFREI Group of higher education (two schools under one umbrella) 

2017

Efrei and Esigetel merge to become Efrei Paris: Engineering School of Digital Technologies.

 

Efrei Paris has risen to become one of the leading French institutions for training engineers in information and digital technologies. To date, Efrei Paris has produced 11,000 active alumni and has seen both men and women embark on outstanding careers.  

Andre TRUONG

“Andre Truong was one of the pioneers in creating elements that later contributed to the making of the personal computer. I have had the pleasure of working with him for several decades: he has never departed from his spirit of invention and his desire to put technology in the service of the greatest number.” Bill Gates, former President, CEO and Founder of Microsoft 

Today, young graduates from Efrei Paris continue to play an innovative role in the field of Information Technology. Such notable alumni include: Adrien Touati (class of 2009), founder of GoProd, well-known for its many remarkable applications; Arnaud Meunier (class of 2006), developer of the Twitoaster app which was showcased in a 2009 New York Times article by columnist David Pogue; Mathieu Nebra (class of 2008), creator of the renowned IT website Site du Zéro; and Thomas Albisser and Romain Vailleux (class of 2009), founders of the green IT company Hop-Cube.

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