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ENSMN - Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy
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The "Ecole des Mines de Nancy" (ENSMN) is a teaching and research establishment which works with and for the economic and the industrial world. The graduate school of engineering in Nancy trains 900 students and auditors. It boasts 72 permanent teachers, 400 people involved in research and R&D, approximately a hundred of whom are doctoral students.


The Graduate School of Engineering trains high level Executive and Science engineers and  delivers the prestigious  "Diplôme d'Ingénieur Civil des Mines", shared with the "Ecole des Mines" in Paris and in Saint Etienne.


Executive and Science Engineers are trained in all fields of Science and Management, but have to specialize in a major field.


The "Ecole des Mines in Nancy"  boasts ten scientific and technological specializations covered by five departments:

·          Materials Science and Engineering,

·          Geo-Engineering and Civil Engineering,

·          Energy and Environment,

·          Computer Science and Engineering, Embedded systems,

·          Applied Mathematics (including financial mathematics), and Industrial Engineering.


The "Ecole des Mines de Nancy" is renowned for its international development. All the French students have a compulsory training period abroad through academic exchange or an internship in a company. In addition, they must have a good command of two foreign languages at the end of their studies. In 2006-2007, the average length of time spent abroad was over six months.


Foreign student recruitment (25 % of our students) is achieved:

- through the "Mines-Ponts" national competitive entrance examination leading to admission as a regular student at 1st year level,

- through the  examination of the academic file of foreign students who have been awarded a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a partner university, leading to 2nd year entry.


The aim of the "Ecole des Mines de Nancy" is to continually adapt to the new needs of the economy and society, both in the areas of research and teaching methods.

The Ecole des Mines is located in Nancy, the former capital of the duchy of Lorraine, famous for its cultural heritage and its architecture, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Nancy is a student city of 400 000 inhabitants, surrounded by hills and famous for its quality of life.

The Lorraine region is located in the north eastern part of France, i.e. in the heart of Europe (~150 km from Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland, one hour and a half from Paris by high speed train, one hour and a half from ski resorts by car). 
  • the highly selective admissions procedure notably for the French candidates who have to be well-ranked in the prestigious "Mines-Pont" National competitive entrance examination.
  • ranked 5th by the French National Institute of Statistics (INSEE) in terms of the graduate starting salary.   
  • ranked 1st by the French magazine "Le Point" for its international activities.
  • 12 joint degrees with prestigious universities all over the world
  • 80 % of all foreign students receive an institutional or an industrial grant.
  • ability to create public/private partnerships (such as the Lorraine/Hubei agreement which helps Lorraine SMEs to invest in the Chinese Province of Hubei by training High Level Chinese Engineer/Managers for these SMEs).
  • prestigious alumni in the economic and industrial world  (such as Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank or Michel Rose, Chief Operating Officer of Lafarge Group) and an alumni network.
  • ARTEM consortium with the ICN business school (http://www.icn-groupe.fr) and the National School of Art (http://www.ensa-nancy.fr).
  • graduate engineering school supported by an Industrial Foundation.
  • Research partnerships with :
            - the CNRS for 3 of its laboratories :
                   LSGS: UMR n° 7570:
                   LSG2M: UMR n° 7584:
                   LPM: UMR n° 7556
            - the INRIA for one laboratory: the LORIA: UMR n° 7503
            - the INERIS and the BRGM for the LAEGO laboratory
In addition, the Ecole des Mines is involved in two laboratories:
            - LEMTA: UMR n° 7563
            - CRPG: UPR n° 2300

  • ENSMN is a Graduate School of Engineering part of "Nancy-Université" (45 000 students, http://www.nancy-universite.fr) one of the 10 Research and higher education pole (PRES) selected by the French Government.
  • ENSMN is able to raise private funding equivalent to the annual government subsidies.
  • Ecole des Mines’ Student Union (’’bureau des élèves’’, BDE) organizes social events (travel, parties, sports tournaments) for students throughout the academic year.
  • the International office organises integration week-ends, international parties and, in connection with the BDE, finds French student tutors to help the foreign students with their everyday life.
  • As a compulsory part of the engineering curriculum, ENSMN offers foreign students language courses (English, German, Spanish etc… as well as French) throughout the academic year and till the end of their stay at the ENSMN.
Professional Network

The Ecole des Mines de Nancy (ENSMN) has always developed close ties with industry since its creation in 1919 through an alliance of Nancy’s Union of Employers and the University of Nancy. Some examples of such links are listed below:

·          involvement of companies’ executives in the different course programmes.

·          support of a foundation (Fondation de l’Ecole des Mines de Nancy) created in 1923, composed of eminent personalities from the business world (Areva, Cap Gemini, Flammarion, GE Bank, Lafarge, Neopost, SNVB-CIC bank, Saint-Gobain, Thomson, Total, Vinci etc.). This foundation encourages and develops the teaching, research and continuous education at the Ecole des Mines de Nancy in relation with all the economic sectors the ENSMN’s  courses prepare students to work in.

·          engineering projects given by companies to students

·          compulsory industrial internships in France or abroad (a 6 week internship the first year  as a worker, a 10 week internship the second year as an engineer assistant, more than a 5 month internship the third year as an engineer).

·          visits of  industrial sites during the two first years plus one pedagogical week in France or abroad (California in 2007, Libya and China in 2008) in order to be acquainted with company organization  and with  possible future career positions

·          the organization of the biggest meeting between students and companies in the East of France (Forum Est-Horizon).

·          a non profit student organization which acts as a consultancy by providing students with short-term jobs concerning engineering issues (Junior Enterprise)

·          the development of original projects within those companies brought together within the ARTEM-entreprise association.


In addition to the companies represented in the foundation, the ENSMN works very closely with large companies which share its strategic vision of the changes in the economic world (Accenture, Air France, Alstom Transport, Arcelor Mittal, BNP Paribas, Cora , EDF, Faurecia, Technip , FM Logistic, France Telecom , Gaz de France, L\'Oreal, Michelin, Peugeot SA, Renault, SNCF, VALLOUREC, etc).

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