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 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).