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In the spirit of Gaston Berger, founder of INSA Lyon, the Gaston Berger Institute works for the INSA Group.

The ambitions of the Gaston Berger Center

  • Promote the training of humanist engineers, philosophers in action
  • Increase the Group's social footprint by welcoming and accompanying all diversities 
  • Diffuse Gaston Berger's culture and prospective method 
  • Promote an inclusive organizational model and a supportive, intergenerational community
  • Addressing students' quest for meaning
  • Developing a collective awareness of societal issues
  • Foster the hybridization of science, technology, and the humanities

In each INSA, a Gaston Berger Center is declined according to the territory.  

The Gaston Berger Center of INSA Hauts-de-France is created in June 2021 in connection with the Gaston Berger Institute of the INSA Group:  https://institut-gaston-berger.insa-lyon.fr/

Who was Gaston Berger

Gaston Berger

Born in Senegal
. Received his high school diploma at age 23
Fighter in the first world war & resistance fighter in the second world war
Philosopher, business leader, senior civil servant
Philosophy teacher
Director General of Higher Education (Ministry of National Education) from 1953 to 1960
. Father of choreographer Maurice Béjart, choreographer
. Formalized the foundations of foresight from 1955
. In 1956 he founded the IAE of Paris and in 1957 the INSA of Lyon
. Died in a car accident in 1960.

The mission of the Gaston Berger Center of INSA Hauts-de-France

The Gaston Berger Center of INSA Hauts-de-France focuses on the following thematic axis:

  • Support for the INSA social model (internal and external promotion of it) and the promotion of diversities (national programs: cordées de la réussite, ingénieur au féminin and regional programs: PRREL Ambition et Réussite, ...) in all INSA Hauts-de-France training.

This support and promotion of diversity is reflected through several fields of action.