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École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris

École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech)
File:Logo ENSMP.png
Motto Théorie et pratique (Theory and practice)
Established 1783
Type Grande école

Paris, France
Coordinates: 48°50′42″N 2°20′21″E / 48.844952°N 2.339193°E / 48.844952; 2.339193

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
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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) was created in 1783 by King Louis XVI in order to train intelligent directors of mines. It is one of the most prominent French engineering schools (i.e. Grandes écoles) and a prestigious member of ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology).

Despite its small size (fewer than 120 students are accepted each year, after a very selective exam), it is a crucial part of the infrastructure of French industry.


Created by a 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.

This school disappeared at the beginning of the French Revolution but was re-established by a 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 (all along the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement of Paris). From the sixties it also has annexes in Fontainebleau, Évry and Sophia Antipolis (Nice).


The former vocation of Mines ParisTech (to train high-level mining engineers) evolved in the course of time considering the technological progress and society's transformation. The Mines ParisTech has now become one of the most prestigious "generalist" 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 good training not only in technical fields (mathematics, physics) but also in economics and social sciences in order to be able to tackle all matters to be expected in a manager's daily responsibilities. Exchange programs are possible during the third semester with universities 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 education for Civil Engineers of Mines, ranked among the three best French Grande école degrees
  • The education for the Corps of Mines, the greatest technical corps of the French state. It is a third cycle education, lasting for three years, consisting in two long-term internships both in public and private economical institutions and courses in economics and public institutions.[1] The limited places are highly competitive, only the top students from École polytechnique, École normale supérieure, Mines ParisTech and Telecom ParisTech can be eligible to study in Corps of Mines for entering the corps of French state later on
  • 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 French nationals, admission to Civil Engineer of Mines is decided through competitive examination at the end of preparatory classes, a highly selective system consisting in two years of study after the end of highschool. Every year, around 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 specific concourse), or from the other great technical corps of the French state.

Student unions and organizations

A Student Union is elected every year mostly in charge of enhancing the contact between students and various sponsoring industries. Various other associations are part of the student's lives: Student's Sport Committee, junior enterprise (JUMP), tutoring, oenology club, Catholic community, Fanfare band, Entrepreneur's club (MINOV), many humanitarian aids (Heliotopia, CEres, Zanbinou), photographer's club, Sailing club, and others.


Research centres

Energy, material science

  • Centre d'energetique et procédés
  • Centre de matériaux
  • Centre de mise en forme des matériaux
  • Laboratoire de mécanique des solides

Applied math and computer science

  • Morphologie mathématique
  • Robotique
  • Géostatistique
  • Recherche en informatique
  • Automatique et systèmes
  • Mathématiques appliquées

Geology and environmental sciences

  • Centre de géologie de l'ingénieur
  • Centre d'informatique géologique
  • Centre de géotechnique et d'exploitation du sous-Sol
  • Centre de géophysique

Economics and social sciences

  • Économie Industrielle
  • Gestion scientifique
  • Sociologie de l'innovation

See also

Notes and references

External links

  • Student's Main Web Portal
  • Student Union
  • Student's Sport Committee
  • Old Mines Paris alumni union

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