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Welcome to the STID France

April 4, 2017

We are welcoming you to the presentation site of DUT STID (Statistics and Business Intelligence), which is a 12 department faculty in France.

STID / SFDS Award for the Best Internship in Data Science 2017

Each year, the French Society of Statistics and the STID France association nominates and the awards the winner for the best internship in Data Science. The second year students are eligible for this award and recognition. You should note that students with satisfactory performance in report receive this award. The winner will have the chance to showcase his or her talent and work during the Journées de la Statistique.

In 2017, the award for the best internship in Data Science has been won by Riwal Corbel. He is from STID Carcassonne. He was awarded the prize because of his internship performance at Guingamp Hospital where he set up a specific tool to report emergency arrivals beforehand.

2017 STID Teaching Days in Sophia Antipolis

In order to reflect on the educational aspects of STID teaching, we want to say – Thank You to the Sophia Antipolis for hosting the 2017 STID Teaching Days where 40 teachers from various departments congregated enthusiastically.

Publication of job offers

Two forums have been created to commence the function of the old site.

  1. The first forum is dedicated to job offers where the students will get insights on different job posting and job news.
  2. The second forum will enlighten and inform the students about internship program and work-study offers.

Group STID France on LinkedIn

Aside from the forum, STID France has opened a dedicated group on LinkedIn where all students can get along with themselves and the alumnus of the STID France. If you go through the following link, you can access the group.

When it comes to publishing a new job post or an internship offer, you should not hesitate to follow or post on the group. You can even discuss new topics or project works regarding decision-making statistics on the group.

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France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panels

France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panels

February 7, 2017

The Wattway Road (a 0.6-mile stretch) has opened its first section in Normandy this week. Over course of the next two years, the road will be tested for its accuracy. According to the France’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, they are expecting to generate sufficient power to light the city, which has 5,000 citizens.

France’s minister of Ecology and Energy has announced it will work hard to ensure the country has 621 miles of road with solar panels within the next five years. In fact, the main goal is to provide economical and renewable energy solution to five million people.

France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar PanelsThis 621 miles road is called as ‘the Wattway.’ The Colas (French road-building company) and the National Institute of Solar Energy have combined their resources to make this unique road in France. Colas has spent more than five years to develop numerous solar panels. According to David Rogers (a reporter for Global Construction Review), these panels are 25-inch thick and they are solid enough to withstand any heavy highway traffic as well. Even they will not make the roads slippery or break them apart completely. Not to mention the panels are designed in a way that you can install them on top of the existing roadways smoothly. Therefore, they are cheap and easy-to-install.

Colas CEO Hervé Le Bouc has talked with Myriam Chauvot who works for the French magazine Les Echoes. During the interview, he said –“There is no need to rebuild infrastructure. At Chambéry and Grenoble, was tested successfully on Wattway a cycle of 1 million vehicles, or 20 years of normal traffic a road, and the surface does not move.”

According to Fiona MacDonald of ScienceAlert, the solar panels are made of a thin polycrystalline silicon film. They are coated with a layer of resin, which will give the much-needed endurance and strength to the panels. Since the panels are thin, they are adaptable to the tiny changes on the surface of the pavement for the slight temperature shifts. Even Colas has remarked that the panels are snowplow-proof, making them more endurable than any other solar panels.

France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar PanelsNow, France is not only the first country to have its own solar panel roads. In 2015, the Netherlands opened a 229-foot-long road, paved with solar panels. This road is a test road for future projects. Even a couple from Idaho launched a Kickstarter project in 2014 and raised $2 million. They got a contract from Federal Highway Administration to create their own solar roadways. In comparison to these roads, the solar panel road in France has been the first project where the solar panels have been laid directly on the top of the prevailing roads.

Many environmentalists have pointed that building roads with solar panels is an exciting idea. According to Colas, the mastermind behind the project has said that with 215 square feet of Wattway is more than sufficient to provide power to a single French home. However, some researchers have been skeptical about the idea. They have said that solar roads are more efficient and more economical than these rooftop solar panel roads.

There reasoning behind this statement is the photovoltaic glass will have difficulties in competing with the cheaper asphalt. Andrew Thomson has pointed out that the rooftop panels are better suited for possible sunlight. Additionally, the solar roadways are more slippery than traditional roadways. Therefore, there remains a safety concern regardless of the amount of power it generates. Here is what he exactly said – “For solar roadways to be effective, it needs a complete technological rethink.”

As of now, the authorities have been moving with this project and they will start laying the foundation of Wattway Road in spring.

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Best Universities In France In 2017

10 Best Universities In France In 2017

January 3, 2017

France is ranked in the top five destination for high-quality education for international students. With more than 90 universities, offering comprehensive study programs in almost all disciplines including business, engineering, research institutes, France is definitely a great country to finish your bachelors or masters. So, in this article, we are going to talk about the 10 best universities in France in 2017. So, let’s move on and find out about them in brief.

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris)

Best Universities In FranceIn 2017, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris) was ranked among the best universities in France. It is also the 43rd best university in the world as well. Established in 1793, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris) is a prestigious university with strong focus on humanity and science subjects. This university boasts 13 Nobel Laureates and philosophers including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.

Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech)

Best Universities In FranceRanked as the 59th university in 2018, Ecole Polytechnique is a founding member of the ParisTech collegiate university. The university specializes in business and science courses and it is located just 30 km outside the Paris City Center. Ecole Polytechnique has 120 acres of lush green spaces, which houses more than 4,600 students to be educated from this institution.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

Best Universities In FranceUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie or better known as the UPMC was established in 1971 out of University of Paris. With 34,000 students, this university is the biggest scientific and medical complex in France. It has been ranked as the 131st university where 20% of the total students are international students.

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Best Universities In FranceÉcole NormaleSupérieure de Lyon has an impressive ranking with 157th position among the world’s best university. It’s a leading university where researchers and trainers are taught science and humanity subjects with distinction.


Best Universities In FranceCentraleSupélec was merged with École Centrale Paris and the Supélec graduate school of engineering in 2015. This university got 164th ranking in 2018, which focuses on research-intensive French universities.

Sciences Po

Best Universities In FranceSciences Po is a specialized university, which teaches economic, social science, law, history, and politics subjects. It has retained its position of 220th among the best universities in the world. Sciences Po has more than 13,000 students, featuring students from 150 countries. In fact, half of the students are international students.

Université Grenoble-Alpes

Best Universities In FranceUniversité Grenoble-Alpes was established in January 2016, which is in fact, a new university in the list of the best universities in the world. It has been ranked at 236th position. Even though a new institution but this university has a rich history, which dates back to 1339 in the form of Pierre Mendès-France University.

Université Paris-Sud 11

Best Universities In FranceA Parisian university, which has four campuses throughout southern suburbs Paris, Université Paris-Sud 11 is a famous university. It teaches mathematics and science courses to its native and international students. It was ranked 242nd in the world in 2018.

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Best Universities In FranceAs a result of the separation of the University of Paris, 13 universities were formed and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is one of those universities. Currently, this university is one of the biggest universities in France where more than 40,000 students take teaching from respected teachers and scholars. In 2018, the university will merge with UPMC to establish Sorbonne University.

École des Ponts ParisTech

Best Universities In FranceThe last university on our list is the École des Ponts ParisTech. Though this university is a small one, it has been ranked as the 270th university in the world. The founding member of the university is ParisTech.

Bottom Line

All the above universities in France are famous for delivering high-quality education to its students including international students. So, if you think we have missed any top university, please let us know by commenting below.

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Hunting and Licences to Hunt in France

Hunting and Licenses to Hunt in France

May 7, 2015

In France, you just can’t go to the jungle and hunt down the animals you like. There are strong measures in effect to avert animal poaching. In fact, if you don’t own a valid license, you can hunt in France. Also, even if you own a license, you will be allowed to hunt on a specific territory. So, in this article, we are going to explain about hunting in France and how you can get a license. Let’s move forward and read the article carefully.

The Hunting Seasons in France

The hunting seasons in France are managed at a regional level. It has been that way to support and balance the ecological demands of the area. Therefore, the opening and closing dates of the hunting seasons depend heavily on the animal species and the département. Typically, the hunting season starts in September and it remains open until the end of the February. However, the regional préfet determines the opening date.

What species can you hunt in France?

Hunting and Licences to Hunt in FranceThe authority has available around 15% of all the animal species for hunting purposes. This includes 64 species of birds and 24 species of mammals.

How can you obtain a hunting license in France?

If you wish to obtain a hunting license (permis de chasser), you have to pass a theoretical and a practical exam first. Both exams are organized by the National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (Office National de Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage or ONCFS). Anyone can take part in this exam all year round.

What’s more, taking preparation for these exams are not difficult as you have to enroll yourself into an obligatory course. You can’t participate in the practical exam if you don’t pass the theoretical exam. Also, you have to be at least 15 years of age and if you fail once, you will have to start over again.

What about the application procedures?

At first, you need to communicate with the Departmental Hunting Federation (Fédération Départementale des Chasseurs)., The authority from the federation will inform you about the probable dates of enrolling in the training sessions. You will also get dates for both theory and practical exams at least 15 days in advance. When you have finished training courses, the federation will send an application to the ONCFS. You have to submit the following documents for the application:

  1. Photocopy of ID including passport or identity card or driving license
  2. Complete registration fee

What about the exams?

Hunting and Licences to Hunt in FranceIf you are sitting for theory exam, you will have to answer 21 questions. These questions are based on the following themes:

  1. Wildlife knowledge: It includes the knowledge of hunting games, animal biology, and the way of life.
  2. Hunting knowledge: It includes diverse hunting techniques and use of hunting dogs and hunting jargons.
  3. Knowledge of hunting Laws: This knowledge includes all the rules and regulations related to hunting laws.
  4. Knowledge of Arms and munitions: This knowledge includes the sound know-how of using the arms and munitions.

If you wish to pass the exam, you need to give 16 correct answers out of 21 questions. Most importantly, out of the 16 correct questions, you must answer two correct questions related to security. The inspectors of the ONCFS will issue the certificate of passing. After that you can apply for the practical exam. You will have 18 months to prepare for the practical exam, which includes three parts:

  1. Simulation of hunting and shooting with blanks
  2. Target shooting test including black targets. These targets represent species, which you can hunt. The red targets features protected species or animals, which you can’t hunt in France.
  3. Shooting a moving target

Bottom Line

The bottom line you have to humble and honest while taking the hunting exams. Any discrepancies or dangerous behavior will disqualify you from the exam. Thus, you will not be able to obtain the hunting license.

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