MINES Saint-Étienne


At its inception the École was entrusted with the mission of training high-level executives, thus building the human capacity to foster the rapid expansion of heavy industry (mining, energy, transportation, metallurgy).

A well-balanced blend of scientific core subjects, engineering techniques, and economic and human sciences are taught by professors closely connected to the economic world and complemented by internships in industrial positions. This has contributed to forging the graduate identity of École des Mines de Saint-Étienne

Targeting all sectors of the economy

Graduates from the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne have crafted and promoted the right conditions for technical progress in the whole industry, well beyond their original field, in France and abroad. They have been instrumental in the development of innovative production and management methods, and in the introduction of new technologies, across the successive steps of industrial advances. They have progressively penetrated all the sectors of industrial firms and more recently of services: materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, IT, industrial engineering, microelectronics, health engineering, quantitative finance…

Active in territories

Thanks to the broad range of its areas of expertise and skills, to the extent and level of its alumni network, to the trust, the proximity and the diversity of its economical partners, the École des Mines plays an increasingly active role in the economic and social development of the territories at different levels, by:

  • encouraging reciprocal links between research and industry in order to activate levers for innovation;
  • energizing territorial development capacities by apprenticeship and lifelong learning; particularly promoting the industrial redevelopment of areas affected by the relocation of manufacturing and services;
  • taking the national lead in block release training operations. This training approach addresses both young students in vocational training and technical staff in activity in the framework of lifelong training. The learners are hired by companies and share their time between academic period at school and real professional project manager’s situation at work. The École des Mines de Saint-Étienne has developed a tight partnership with the Institut des Techniques de la Performance which has enjoyed a nationally recognized legitimacy in block release training for more than 20 years;
  • providing start-up businesses with logistic and scientific support around MINES Saint-Étienne campuses;
  • facilitating the access of companies, particularly SMEs to the MINES Saint-Étienne technological platforms;
  • participating in the creation and development of an industrial campus next to the MINES Saint-Étienne historical premises.

The partnership between École des Mines and businesses is based on win-win relations:

  • Our students directly benefit from the close relationship between the École des Mines and the businesses in their search for internships and job opportunities; moreover, our programmes take advantage of the up-to-date expertise of the engineers and other professionals who take part in our courses. On the other hand, companies can find in our school high-level students well-prepared for professional life with solid scientific and managerial skills and knowledge;
  • Our research is driven by company demand and a large part of our budget comes from industrial funding. Thanks to the close partnership with our research teams, companies can have access to intellectual and technical support as well as a level of flexibility that their organisation cannot provide internally.

Technological “hotel” for innovative startups

On the campus Aix-Marseille-Provence site in Gardanne, a “partnership space for R&D” (EPRD in French) operates as a technological “hotel” for innovative startups with links in research or education to the research center CMP. This centre delivers scientific and technical support to startups with personal and material resources. In return, it maintains strong links with the region’s economical and industrial base, aiding business creation and employment of its graduate students. The EPRD interacts with different regional structures involved in entrepreneurship and economic development.

It currently hosts 10 start-ups, almost reaching its hosting capacity (12 offices).

Based on this model, the school has developed an equivalent EPRD on the Saint -Étienne site.


Director of development
Claude Calvayrac
Phone: +33 4 77 42 00 34