The IUT (University Institute of Technology) of Reunion Island is a French public higher education and research institution, located in Saint Pierre in the heart of the Indian Ocean. It is is part of the University of Reunion Island.
Considering its unique geographic position, it is the only European southbound IUT in this area of the world.
The IUT of St Pierre has over 700 students studying a wide range of qualifications on our campus in the southern part of this French overseas territory.
The University Diploma of Technology (DUT) 120 ECTS credits
The DUT is a two-year french national diploma which is roughly corresponding in content and level to a BTEC Higher National Diploma (GB) or 2 years technical degree (USA). Students may attend a wide range of courses in general and technical domains. The DUT is accessible with the French high-school diploma (baccalauréat) equivalent of A-Levels.
We are a vocational institute offering two or three-year courses in technical, scientific, financial and social fields such as:
• Accounting and management
• Biological Engineering,
• Civil Engineering
• Social work
• Telecoms and Networks
The most interesting aspect in this degree course is first, a practical and very specialized teaching from experienced teachers, and a fairly heavy timetable, since classroom presence can reach over 30/35 hours per week. During this 2 year session, students are asked to carry out an industrial, social or financial project and a 12 weeks industrial social or financial placement. Teaching and learning is organized through the combination of formal lectures, tutorials, group projects, oral presentations, case studies aiming at skills development.
The national program proposed has been developed in close partnership with firms, companies or administrations, technicians and specialists of the studied sector. They together actively participate in the preparation of the curriculum’s contents and are members of the board of examiners.
After two years of studies, graduates can spontaneously start working. Undertaking further studies used to be rather exceptional, but it is now commonly accepted to say many successful graduates carry on a supplementary curriculum, towards a school of engineering, a business school, a Bachelor’s Degree and then go on for a M.Sc or an M.Eng and a PhDand other public or private schools.
Professionnal bachelor’s degree (60 ECTS credits)
Students can also go on for one more year at the IUT after they graduated the DUT: The LP is a 3 year degree dedicated to one area. It is a supplementary year of specialization courses that comes after the DUT and that gives access to a bachelor’s degree. The students are required to study on an alternation system among local firms, companies or administrations. By the end of the LP, students are awarded 180 ECTS credits.
• Bank, Insurance and Finances
• Biological Engineering “Quality, Health, Safety and Environment”
• Civil Engineering“construction, project management “ &“Energy and HVAC “
• Telecoms and Networks
Just like the DUT, The emphasis is also set on technical, practical work. The program is achieved and organized through the combination of formal lectures, tutorials, group projects, oral presentations, case studies and includes the participation of experienced business, scientific and industrial professionals.
The University of Reunion Island also offers short training courses, and engineering degrees in 3 specialities.
• Civil engineering
• Biological engineering
• Telecoms and networks
The University of Reunion Island has developed high quality research and the IUT of Saint Pierre houses 3 antennas of northern laboratories in the following areas:
- Economics and Management Centre in the Indian Ocean (CEMOI)
- Diabetes Atherothrombosis Therapies Reunion Indian Ocean (DETROI)
- Laboratory of Chemistry of Natural Substances and Food Sciences (LCSNSA)
- Laboratory of Computer, Science & Mathematics (LIM)
- Laboratory of Electronics and Energy Processes (LE²P)
- Laboratory of Physics and Mathematical Engineering for Energy and Environment (PIMENT)
- Integrated approach to food quality (Qualisud)
All of these research activities are carried out in partnership with leading French institutions, in particular through joint research units. The Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the French National Meteorological Service, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (IPGP).
With its partners the University of Reunion Island offers state-of-the-art research platforms, with a plant protection division, a cyclotron, a satellite-assisted environmental monitoring station and an atmospheric observation station.
The human dimension of the campuses encourages exchanges between students and teachers. Support and guidance schemes have been established to foster student achievements.
As far as infrastructure is concerned, students have extensive computing facilities at their disposal, and internet access throughout the campus. The IUT library offers an ideal work environment with almost 8000 books, 150 magazines and newspapers and permits access to more than 25 000 electronic journals. The University of Reunion Island and therefore the IUT, also encourages the use of digital tools, and produces numerous online resources.
In addition, a dedicated centre informs students about their guidance and educational opportunities, and supports their entry into the world of employment. A Preventive Health Care Service, providing free medical consultations, is also readily available to them.
As for student life, each university site is home to a Student House, which is a place to socialise and share information. Students can also take part in a number of cultural and sporting activities organised on the various sites throughout the academic year (the largest range of outdoor activities in France). In addition the IUT is home to 5 student associations.
From a practical point of view, university restaurantis located on the site, as is student accommodation.
Reunion Island is a French department. The island benefits from infrastructure identical to that of Northern Europe: road networks, health care, industries, shops, hotels and services ... and all this in an exceptional living environment, that of an island in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by sea, mountains, volcanic landscapes and tropical forests.The diversity of population, culture and tradition - often cited as an example - simply adds to its charm.