HUGo – Launch event for the first class (2017-2019) of disabled students at Polytech Marseille (entry by invitation only)

Thursday 9 February 2017, 4 pm
Polytech Marseille, Luminy campus

The first class of the HUGo (Handi U Go!) engineering programme will be joined by the course patron, French political scientist and disability activist Jean-Christophe Parisot de Bayard, at a launch party to be held at the Marseille Polytechnic on 9 February 2017.

The HUGo programme is a voluntary initiative set up by a group of companies and supported by Polytech Marseille with the aim of delivering IT training to people with disabilities. The main course objectives are to develop employability and facilitate integration in the workplace. Open to university graduates, this is a two year combined work and training programme designed for 11 students which delivers an engineering qualification recognised by the French Engineering Commission (CTI).

In addition to the host partner companies, the University of Aix-Marseille and Polytech Marseille have confirmed their commitment and support for this specially designed programme for students with disabilities. It aligns perfectly with the university’s proactive Disability Master Plan which applies to staff and students alike.

This initiative has also been made possible through funding from the French agency for promoting workers with disabilities (AGEFIPH), administrative support from the Capenergies competitiveness cluster and assistance from the consultancy firm FPM Conseil.


Polytech Marseille is the Engineering school at the University of Aix-Marseille and a member of the Polytech Group which comprises 13 engineering schools nationwide.

The engineering degree course is approved by the French Engineering Commission (CTI). Course participants are selected by means of selective entry exams.

Jean-Christophe Parisot de Bayard – patron of this first cohort of students – campaigns tirelessly for social inclusion and harmony on behalf of people with disabilities. In addition to his political and social activities, he champions the “Différents comme tout le monde” association (Different like everyone else). He has also written several publications, including a book advocating social and moral development entitled “Plus que la fraternité – Plaidoyer pour une croissance sociale et morale”.

The programme involves the following partner companies:

Atos, Cap Gemini-Sogeti, CGI, DCNS, ENEDIS, FDJ, Gemalto, SAP Labs France, SII, SCP, Somei, STMicroelectronics and CEA Cadarache.

The following guests have been invited to the launch event: Mr Stéphane Bouillon, Prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region; Mr Yves Rousset, Regional Delegate for Equal Opportunities; Mr Bernard Beignier, Rector of the Aix-Marseille Academy; Mr Christian Estrosi, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region; Mrs Anne Malluret, Technical Adviser to the rectors of the Aix-Marseille and Nice academies on matters relating to the special needs of students with disabilities; Mr Philippe Dumas, President of Polytech Marseille; Mr Johan Bencivenga, President of the business organisation UPE 13; Mrs Géraldine Gueug, Head of HR at UPE 13; the participating students; and the partner companies.

Representatives from the following organisations have also been invited: the Epure Adult Education Centre – the professional support partner working in collaboration with training funding bodies such as OPCALIA, AGEFOS, FAFIEC and ADEFIM; employment agencies including Pôle Emploi, Cap Emploi, APEC, Handipass and FEDEEH; and local recruitment partners, such as the AMF agency which utilises THEMIS to promote career opportunities.