Sylvain Goussot takes the reins of Epita, the school of computer science
Previously vice president of distribution and data at TF1, Sylvain Goussot takes over from Philippe Dewost at the helm of the Epita School of Computer Science. He brings his expertise in management, strategy, and innovation development to the school.
Epita is starting the year with a change in governance. Sylvain Goussot, vice president of distribution & data at TF1, has been appointed to lead the computer science engineering school of the Ionis Education group. He succeeds Philippe Dewost. With an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris, Sylvain Goussot brings 25 years of expertise in the digital ecosystem to the institution. After participating in several projects and product launches, he joined Bouygues Telecom in 2012 to lead management, strategy, and development activities. As director of innovation for 5 years, he notably built and developed the data science and artificial intelligence team. Upon his arrival at TF1 in early 2020, he held the positions of director of distribution and data.
As part of his various missions, Sylvain Goussot will be supported by Claire Lecocq, current deputy general manager of Epita and in charge of the Parisian branch. He will have the heart of continuing the societal and environmental objectives undertaken by the school as a mission-driven company. “Student training on sustainable development and CSR issues has shifted from a theoretical approach to an operational reality,” says Sylvain Goussot. This thinking led the school to strengthen its program by creating four specialties dedicated to these subjects: “tech for good”, “digital ethics”, “creating a responsible business”, and “intercultural management”.
Continuing the training of cyber and data profiles
The head of Epita also aims to participate in the development of the engineering program with training adapted to the needs of companies in the sector. One of the strategic axes of 2024 will be to evolve careers or develop skills in high-demand professions such as those in the cyber domain. As a partner of the Cyber Campus, the organization already hosts several majors dedicated to cybersecurity within the French center. “Collaboration with State services such as the Ministry of Defense will allow students following a bachelor’s degree to enter a program exclusively dedicated to cyber defense,” recalls Sylvain Goussot. Similarly, anticipating needs in quantum computing is also part of the roadmap.
“To this end, the opening last year of an 18-month specialization, the Quantum major is aimed at second-year engineering students, providing them with expertise in quantum technologies and architectures with practical applications,” emphasizes the leader. Additionally, because “data and AI are everywhere” according to him, efforts will be made to encourage learning, especially in advanced data analysis and the use of AI. “Data manipulation is taught at Epita from the 1st year of the engineering program,” says Sylvain Goussot, adding that for students, it is crucial to examine how key performance indicators are used to measure a company’s performance over a given period.
Encouraging social diversity
The creation in 2022 of the Epita AI Institute, a post-baccalaureate school focused on data engineering and artificial intelligence, is in line with this goal. As part of his training approach, the director will also promote diversity in the school and encourage the awarding of scholarships and financial assistance to offset the still high cost of engineering education in the private sector.
For reference, the institution has seven locations: in the Paris region (Villejuif, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, La Défense) and also in Lyon, Toulouse, Rennes, and Strasbourg.