Veolia Summer School 2019: 36 students from all over the world discover sustainable development and circular economy issues on Veolia's sites

The 10th edition of Veolia Summer School has just ended. From 30 June to 8 July, 36 master students from various universities and schools discovered Veolia and its activities. Launched in 2010, every summer Veolia Summer School welcomes students from all over the world to learn about Veolia's businesses, meet operational managers and visit its sites. It teaches future graduates about sustainable development and circular economy issues.
 

For the 10th consecutive year, the 2019 edition brought together 36 students from 31 universities in 20 countries - with ever more diversity in the courses (data science, IT, human resources, engineering, etc.) and gender (21 women and 15 men).
10 days of training on the Veolia Campus in Jouy-le-Moutier (Ile-de-France) during which students discovered the Group's activities, met various experts, operational managers and HR staff, and visited Veolia sites. And to better understand sustainable development and circular economy issues, they worked on a case study, "Smart city 2025", with the goal of designing a global, intelligent and digital solution for cities combining three Group activities - water, energy, waste - in a single strategic vision.

 

The objectives of Veolia's Summer School is to build a pool of talent, some of whom could join the Group at the end of their studies or participate in the Pangeo en VIE (International Business Volunteer) program. This Veolia summer school strengthens the links between universities, students and Veolia on three key topics: geographical, curricula and gender diversity, commitment and responsibility to environmental issues, and finally pleasure and conviviality.

Students who are starting their last year of a master's degree, engineering degree or business school, recommended by their higher education institution and selected by Veolia, are eligible for the program.

 

At the closing ceremony on 8 July, the students presented their work in the presence of Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer, who concluded:

Chief Operating Officer, Veolia
For companies looking to grow and remain competitive, data is unquestionably a global commodity in the 21st century. With this case study, we wanted to gather your external, diverse, spontaneous and expert views on a major development issue for us - namely the collection and use of data in environmental services. How can data help us to consume less water, less energy and fewer resources in general in cities, which is at the heart of Veolia's mission? These new resources should make us more agile in terms of creating value for our customers. And within our organization, digital technologies increase the opportunities for collaboration. Digital technologies help to focus our efforts. It increases our efficiency in serving our customers. Thank you again for your work during the Summer School which for us is a kind of mirror that hold up to us. And I hope this program has made you want to join our teams.
Estelle Brachlianoff
Chief Operating Officer

Veolia Summer School has already trained 363 young graduates. Veolia was the first company in the environmental services sector to launch its Summer School in 2010.