Academic training plays a key role in preparing and shaping the future military elite. It is a cornerstone of DCI’s activities.
DCI offers full training curricula, lasting between one and seven years, in France’s most prestigious military academies and civil schools. Officers from friendly navies receive internationally recognised diplomas.
Foreign Officer Programme at the French Naval Academy (CENOE)
DCI has been offering military officer training since 1995. Courses lead to the award of engineering diplomas as part of the Foreign Officer Programme at the French Naval Academy (CENOE). DCI, under the aegis of the French Navy, manages all CENOE courses.
This four-year programme includes a “bridge” module and an “energy” module. The objective is to provide military, maritime and scientific training for foreign student officers. Training prepares them to assume the following functions: officer of the deck, engineering officer of the watch, department head on small ships.
Training at France’s elite schools
Following two years of French teaching and a scientific foundation course, students officers follow university training leading to admission to the Masters programme at one of the elite engineering schools (ENSTA Bretagne, ISAE Toulouse, Telecom Bretagne or the Ecole Polytechnique Graduate School). The programme lasts seven years for students arriving directly from secondary education.
An example: the SAGEMA programme
The Saudi Arabia elite naval academy (SAGEMA) programme provides training for future Saudi naval engineering officers.