Associate Vice Presidency for Education (AVP-E)
About the AVP-E
The AVP-E ensures our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs run efficiently, provides a high-quality education and employs innovative, research-based teaching methods. It also manages study plans, classes, class schedules, teaching materials and resources, exams and diplomas. The AVP-E works closely with the many sections at our School and with AgePoly and the Council of EPFL Teachers (CCE). The AVP-E consists of an administrative team as well as the Registrar’s Office, the CMS and MAN courses and several teaching centers and units.
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Services, Centers and Units
The Registrar’s Office manages student and class records, matriculation, exchange programs, study plans and official course-related documents.
The Discovery Learning Program is behind EPFL’s MAKE projects, where students supplement their classroom instruction with cross-disciplinary teamwork, project-based learning, experiments and prototype building. This program also runs the Discovery Learning Labs (DLLs), which provide students and teachers with state-of-the-art equipment for conducting hands-on exercises and carrying out projects with direct applications in R&D or the business world.
The Teaching Support Center offers a wide range of services for everyone involved in teaching at EPFL: teachers, teaching assistants (PhD students), postdocs, section staff and students. The Center also provides teaching support and resources, runs workshops and training sessions and fosters innovation.
The Center for Digital Education runs a variety of programs designed to incorporate digital technology into our teaching approaches. The Center manages our School’s MOOCs and Campus Analytics initiative, and helps develop new tools and methods for teaching and learning.
The LEARN Center pools the efforts of everyone at EPFL involved in educational research and in developing new teaching tools and methods. It addresses all levels of the Swiss educational system, from primary school onwards, with the goal of performing translational research in education. More specifically, the LEARN Center works with teachers and other organizations on the ground to carry out pioneering projects, demonstrate the benefits of their projects, and turn their discoveries into practical, innovative and lasting teaching practices.
The Special Mathematics Course (CMS) prepares prospective EPFL students for a Bachelor’s program by building up their skills in the fundamentals of mathematics (analytical methods, linear algebra and analytical geometry), physics, computer science and chemistry. The CMS is intended for students who don’t meet the requirements to be admitted directly into the first year of an EPFL Bachelor’s program or who hold a Swiss high-school diploma (maturité gymnasiale) and would like to strengthen their skills in the basic sciences before starting at EPFL.
The MAN Review Course is mandatory for first-year EPFL students who end the fall semester with a GPA of less than 3.50, in order to reinforce their skills. This course is given in the spring semester, and students must pass to be able to retake the first year of their Bachelor’s programs.
The Propaedeutic Center was created specifically to address issues related to the first year of Bachelor’s programs. It ensures that first-year curricula are updated regularly, effective and interactive, and foster a respectful environment. The Center also helps promote innovative teaching methods.
The Section Directors’ Conference coordinates teaching efforts and standardizes them across our School. The Conference develops and shares best practices and serves as a forum for discussion about teaching-related issues. It also advises the heads of the AVP-E.