About Us

Mines Saint-Étienne, an IMT graduate school

IMT: the number one group of engineering and management graduate schools in France

11 engineering and management schools form IMT (for Institut Mines-Télécom). The group’s strength lies in the complementarity of its schools and their cohesion, founded on a common vision:

  • to prepare students for the business world;
  • to develop the economy and regions;
  • to contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship.

These activities are carried out as students take on the issues of the major transitions in digital technology, energy, industry and education.

Excellence in Training and Research

11 engineering and management schools under the supervision of the French Minister of the Economy and Industry.

13,400 students, numbers which are comparable to those of major American universities such as MIT and Stanford.

4,420 degrees awarded.  90% of graduates recruited directly on open-ended work contracts.

A network of 60,000 alumni present in every economic sector.

2,080 Grade A research publications contributing to scientific and technological progress, which also guarantee cutting-edge education.

9,070 business partnerships with local ecosystems as well as national stakeholders through IMT’s vast regional network.

Geared towards businesses, IMT’s partnership-based research feeds the economy: it is recognized by 2 Carnot Institute certifications (Carnot M.I.N.E.S and Carnot Télécom & société numérique) which were awarded in 2006 and renewed in 2011.

IMT’s academic excellence is widely recognized. Our schools’ professor-researchers have received extensive awards and recognition.

In the 3rd year of studies, there are 11 graduate schools to choose from.

Engineering or management students at IMT schools can carry out six months of their studies in another school in the group, exploring topics in greater depth that aren’t offered by their campus, while remaining enrolled at their original school.


IMT, French leader in training through work-study contracts

For over 25 years, IMT and its schools have developed higher education apprenticeships in management and engineering sciences, using these programs to train 10% of French engineers each year.


Innovation and entrepreneurship: part of our schools’ DNA

IMT schools were established by public authorities to support economic and industrial development in France as early as the 18th century. Our schools promote entrepreneurship and encourage the incubation of technology projects: every year nearly 100 startups receive support at our schools’ business incubators.

The schools offer a wide range of tools that help students gain an understanding of and experience in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students benefit from the extensive partnerships between IMT schools and local and national innovation centers.

Beyond entrepreneurship, these programs train engineers and managers with an awareness of value creation and innovation, enabling them to offer the creativity companies are looking for.

Mines Saint-Étienne, an important link in the IMT chain, responding to the major transformations of the 21st century

Together, through their complementarity, IMT schools offer a wide range of expertise. Mines Saint-Étienne plays an integral part in this group dynamic, which systematically responds to the issues of the major transformations of the 21st century:

  • digital technology,
  • industry,
  • energy,
  • education 

The school brings its expertise to IMT research in the areas of smart cities, health and personal autonomy, and the industry of the future.

IMT is a founding member of the  Alliance for the Industry of the Future, which brings together trade federations, research organizations and higher education institutions. Its objective is to make France a leader in the new global industrial generation. IMT also founded the Franco-German Academy for the Industry of the Future with the Technische Universität München.

Educational Transition: a cooperative approach between IMT schools for transforming teaching models

IMT and its schools are a significant driving force in creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in French and English, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, digital technology and engineering sciences.

By dovetailing their expertise and know-how in innovative teaching methods, IMT’s schools now enjoy a wide range of representative training programs.

These courses are fully integrated into the programs offered by IMT’s schools, including the following:

  • Initial common core training
  • Educational experience in “flipped classrooms”
  • Validating credits through retakes or additional teaching
  • Providing students with the opportunity to access cross-disciplinary and complementary themes

Closely linked to IMT’s strategy, the MOOCs also contribute to the growth and renown of the group and its schools both in France and around the world.

IMT contributes to the international reach of its schools

As a global key player with an international outlook, IMT attracts students from across borders (33% of students enrolled on its Master’s and PhD-level courses are from abroad), while also sending its students to the best foreign universities with which IMT has established exchange agreements and complementary dual-degree courses through its schools’ existing bilateral agreements