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A project of human formation. Rennes Catholic Institute was founded in 1989 by the Diocesan Directorate of Catholic Education (DDEC) of Ille-et-Vilaine (Brittany) within the framework of the laws of 12 July 1875 and 18 March 1880 which allow the creation of free higher education establishments. The students have access to LMD state diplomas through the procedure of rectoral juries: in Law, History, AES (Economic and Social Administration), French Language and Literature, French Language and Literature with a University Diploma in Communication , English Language, Literature and Civilisation (LLCE), English Language, Literature and Civilisation with a University Diploma in Law and International Trade and English Language, Literature and Civilisation with a University Diploma in Law and International Relations.

ICR asserts its specific identity :

a) by emphasizing on the human and professional training of each student through the acquisition of classical disciplines, such as ancient languages, linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, law;
b) by providing training in new information and communication technologies;
c) by giving great importance to the values of humanism.

In relation with the universities, ICR puts its creative dynamism and all its innovation and training capacities at the service of young people by responding to their demand for training leading to a diploma and professional qualifications. To this end, there is a particular emphasis on the periods of internship.

Recognised as a member of EESPIG in 2018, ICR develops its academic programmes within the framework of LMD reform, first with the aim of integrating each individual personality into a holistic training, then bringing together its human, scientific and professional dimensions, secondly with a particular focus on the training of individual responsibility and initiative in the face of societal needs by stimulating the associative spirit.

The training of young people in today’s society requires intellectual depth and a sense of adaptation. It is a question of forming citizens in the city of men by making them aware of their responsibilities and capable of participating actively in social, economic and political life.

Decisive pedagogical axes

The historical mission of ICR is to train both future teachers for Catholic education and the administrative staff of free education establishments and structures. Today, two-thirds of ICR students go on to careers in business or administration. The other third goes into teaching.

A partnership with the CFP enables graduates to take the entrance exam to become school teachers. This partnership is embodied in an agreement between our institutions.

In addition to its training mission, the Institute contributes to research in its various departments, by organising and participating in symposiums and seminars, by publishing , by the work of its professors, and by reflecting on the problems raised by the evolution of the modern world in an attempt to grasp more deeply the intellectual, ethical and professional means of adapting ourselves to it and to humanize it.

ICR has established its own pedagogical spirit, based on a specific curriculum and adapted programmes (in the spirit of the Bologna agreements). Aiming for excellence, in accordance with the spirit of higher education, it operates with a tutoring system based on teacher-researchers who are also Department Head. Its existence responds to a specific demand from students and their parents who feel that this is the best way for them to achieve the success they desire.

The teaching staff is composed of a team of Doctors qualified to direct research, teacher-researchers, lecturers, university professors and professionals.

The way it works (personalised follow-up, mentoring…) explains the high success rate (between 80% and 90%, depending on the year) and the fact that the majority of ICR students are integrated into the master’s programme in the fields of teaching, law, documentation, communication, administration, etc.

Rennes Catholic Institute is part of an association of institutions: Nouvelles Facultés Libres Associées (NFLA). This association is the interlocutor of the State.