A campus for tomorrow

Inheriting the history of three merged schools, the Junia campus now comprises twelve buildings with very different characteristics. The modernised and redesigned complex will, in the future, serve as the backbone for a strategy that makes it an academic as well as a civic project.


The best known of Junia's three activities, along with research and business services, is of course, teaching. Although the complementary nature of the three schools already enables us to train graduates well able to progress in all the disciplines covered by the engineering sciences, modern teaching methods are significantly different to those of the past. Technologies have changed, as have teaching practices, student demands, and societal expectations. Everything is changing, including the ways in which we learn, remember, imagine, and adapt to the realities of an uncertain world that's full of challenges.

In order to respond to this new situation, it is no longer enough for a campus to simply be a place for traditional, vertical, and top-down academic teaching: it has to make room for workspaces designed for new ways of learning, researching and training.

The campus will be the first instrument in this profound transformation. Far from being just a series of classrooms, it becomes a place where we live, where we learn in many different ways and by all manner of methods; a changing place where various spaces allow us to test, apply, explore, play, challenge each other, discuss, try a thousand things and miss a few others, before starting again to do it better and differently.


In the spaces that will gradually open up between now and the start of the 2024 academic year, the new educational systems will change, be put to the test, and adapt in order to find the happy medium that makes it possible not just to memorise a theory or a piece of information, but above all to know what to do with it, how to adapt it, and how to become sufficiently versatile to deal with any situation. Adaptability is the most important quality an engineer can have, and it is much easier to adapt within a campus that has been designed around a collective vision to put communication and interaction at the heart of a new academic vision.

In the future, all of the places will form a common area, with the sole aims of quality teaching and comfort of use. Students, teachers, and researchers will live and work in flexible spaces, with the freedom to move from one educational format to another, while integrating varied, exciting, and inspiring approaches. Flipped classrooms, personalised teaching, tutorials, MOOCS, acting and role-playing games and scenarios, simulations and serious games, concrete cases, the maker approach, and DIY activities will come together in places where mutual understanding and sociability make up the foundations.

A concrete example ?

Tomorrow's campus will have a range of spaces dedicated to different types of teaching, starting with 4.0 lecture halls and classrooms, which are designed to be flexible. These adaptable spaces equipped with movable furniture, the latest in computing and visual tools and connectors adapted to screen sharing, will vary in size in order to adjust to the number of students present in a given class.

The Career Centre will bring together a pool of services to assist students in building their personal and professional projects: internship and job offers, services and advice regarding their chosen career paths, etc. Similarly, the Teaching Centre is designed as a support service for teachers, equipped to help them produce their course materials (3D models, videos, etc.), and to discuss and learn about emerging teaching methods. Finally, the Executive Education division will host training courses for professionals: employees, managers, executives, directors, etc.

A civic project

At a time of fake news and the questioning of established scientific facts, the fight against misinformation has never been more crucial. Designed as a place of communication, broadcasting, popularisation, and demonstration of technical and scientific knowledge, tomorrow’s campus is open to everyone to contribute to the spread of knowledge in society.

This ambition is embodied by the creation of a series of testing grounds, as well as in the setting up of third places such as Palais Rameau. This space devoted to interactions, meetings, and exchanges between researchers, students, professionals, residents, and visitors will be a place to come together where we will see improbable connections between people united by a common curiosity for science and technology and by the pleasure of learning and thinking together. The Colson block will be entirely rebuilt on the current ISEN site, where it will stand as another symbol of our endeavours towards openness and demonstration. This building is located directly on Boulevard Vauban, and it will be one of the main showcases of the immense technical and environmental innovation effort being carried out throughout the campus.