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Mines ParisTech

Mines ParisTech
École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris
Motto Théorie et Pratique
Motto in English
Theory and Practice
Established 1783
Type Grande école
Location Paris, France
Campus Paris, Fontainebleau, Évry, Sophia Antipolis
Affiliations PSL*, Institut Mines-Télécom (Mines Télécom Institut of Technology), ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology), Groupe des Écoles des mines, Conférence des Grandes écoles

MINES ParisTech (officially École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech), also known as École des Mines de Paris, ENSMP, Mines Paris or simply les Mines), created in 1783 by King Louis XVI, is one of the most prominent French engineering schools (see Grandes écoles) and a member of ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology) and PSL* (Paris Sciences et Lettres).

Mines ParisTech is reputed for the outstanding performance of its research centers [1] and the quality of its international partnerships with other prestigious universities, which include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), Novosibirsk State University, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Tokyo Tech.

The École des Mines de Paris also publishes a world university ranking based on the number of alumni holding the post of CEO in one of the 500 largest companies in the world: the Mines ParisTech: Professional Ranking of World Universities.


  • History 1
  • Education 2
    • Degrees 2.1
    • Admission for French and International students 2.2
  • Student unions and organizations 3
  • Alumni 4
  • Research centres 5
    • Energy and Processes 5.1
    • Mathematics and Systems 5.2
    • Earth Science and Environment 5.3
    • Economics, Management, Society 5.4
    • Mechanical and Materials Engineering 5.5
  • See also 6
  • Notes and references 7
  • External links 8


A classroom during the nineteenth century

Created by decree of the King's Counsel on March 19, 1783, the first school of Mines was located in the Hôtel de la Monnaie, in Paris.

The school disappeared at the beginning of the French Revolution but was re-established by decree of the Committee of Public Safety in 1794, the 13th Messidor Year II. It moved to Savoie, after a decree of the consuls the 23rd Pluviôse Year X (1802).

After the Bourbon Restoration in 1814, the school moved to the Hôtel de Vendôme (in the 6th arrondissement of Paris' Jardin du Luxembourg). From the 1960s onwards, it created research laboratories in Fontainebleau, Évry and Sophia Antipolis (Nice).


The Hôtel de Vendôme, central building of Mines ParisTech

The initial aim of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, namely to train high-level mining engineers, evolved with time to adapt to the technological and structural transformations undergone by society. Mines ParisTech has now become one of the most prestigious French engineering schools with a broad variety of disciplines. Its students are trained to have management positions, work in research and development departments, or as operations officers, etc. They receive a well-rounded education in a variety of subjects, ranging from the most technical (Mathematics, Physics) to economics, social sciences or even art in order to be able to tackle the managing or engineering-related issues they are to face. Exchange programs are possible during the third semester with prestigious universities around the world, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), Tokyo Tech, Seoul National University...


Mines ParisTech provides different educational paths:

  • The Ingénieurs civils degree (Master of Science and Executive Engineering), ranked among the best French Grande école engineering degrees, similar to that offered at École polytechnique, École des Ponts ParisTech or École Centrale Paris.
  • The Corps of Mines, one of the greatest technical corps of the French state. It is a third cycle degree, lasting for three years, consisting in two long-term internships both in public and private economical institutions and courses in economics and public institutions.[2] The admission to the Corps des Mines is highly selective as only the top students from École polytechnique, École normale supérieure, Mines ParisTech and Telecom ParisTech may apply
  • Mastère Spécialisé degrees, post-graduate programs accredited by the Conférence des Grandes écoles, in the fields of Energy, Environment, Transport and Logistics, Informatics, Safety and management in industry and Materials engineering
  • Doctoral (19 schools) and Master (9 programs) studies in various fields

Admission for French and International students

For students having taken studied in the Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles (a two-year highly selective undergraduate program in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering among others), admission to Civil Engineer of Mines is decided through a nationwide competitive examination. Every year, ten applications are also accepted from students around the world according to their academic achievements.

Admission to the Corps of Mines is possible at the end of the École polytechnique (top 10 ranked students each year), École normale supérieure and École des mines de Paris (these two later, after a specific examination), or from the other great technical corps of the French state.

Student unions and organizations

A Student Union is elected every year after a one-week campaign, and is in charge of enhancing the contact between students and various sponsoring industries as well as organizing events for the students.

Various other organizations are part of the students' lives: the Students' Sport Committee (BDS), the Junior Enterprise (JUMP), the Arts' Office (BDA), Cahier Vert (social opening and tutoring), CAV (wine-tasting club), Catholic community, Fanfare band, Entrepreneur club (MINES Genius), humanitarian organizations (Heliotopia, CEres, Zanbinou), photography club, Sailing club, among others.


Research centres

Energy and Processes

  • CES (Energy efficiency of Systems Center)
  • CTP (Thermodynamics of Processes Center)
  • OIE (Observation, Impacts, Energy Center)
  • PERSEE (Processes, Renewable Energies and Energy Systems Center)

Mathematics and Systems

  • CAOR (Robotics Center)
  • CAS (Automatic Control and Systems Center)
  • CBIO (Computational Biology Center)
  • CMA (Applied Mathematics Center)
  • CMM (Mathematical Morphology Center)
  • CRI (Computer Science Center)

Earth Science and Environment

  • Geosciences (Geosciences and Geoengineering Center)
  • ISIGE (Environmental Engineering and Management Center)

Economics, Management, Society

  • CERNA (Industrial Economics Center)
  • CGS (Management Science Center)
  • CRC (Crisis and Risk Research Center)
  • CSI (Sociology of Innovation Center)

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

  • CEMEF (Material Forming Center)
  • Materials Center

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See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Palmarès 2013 des écoles d'ingénieurs par Recherche. Retrieved on 2014-06-17.
  2. ^ Présentation - MINES ParisTech. Retrieved on 2014-06-17.

External links

  • Students' Main Web Portal
  • Students' Sport Committee
  • Old Mines Paris alumni union
  • ISIGE-MINES ParisTech
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