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Our academic standing is committed to excellence, to a wealth of subject fields. We desire to offer each student a curriculum tailored to their goals and the realities of the financial world.
Partnerships are and always will be essential to us. We welcome international students who may enroll in all or part of our master's degree programs, partly or wholly conducted in English. Courses in French as a foreign language are offered regularly and can be individually tailored. International students may also work on their master theses at the École des Mines, for which regional and national grants are available. Visiting professors are welcome too, and our doors are always open to foreign Ph.D. candidates or co-supervision of doctoral theses.
Since the mid-18th century, French engineering schools have spearheaded the nation's economic development and social progress.
École des Mines de Saint-Étienne in France's oldest elite engineering school outside Paris, and the fifth oldest among France's 250. The School is part of a family of seven "National Schools of Mines" created between 1783 and 1992.
The history of the School is all about "value exploration and value mining." No wonder that the old mine safety lamp (patented by a school alumnus, Jean-Baptiste Marsaut, class of 1850, is still today the School's symbol: all we do is about discovery and enlightening!
The School is proud of its substantial share in France's educational and industrial heritage. However, in no way is the School haunted by nostalgic memories. It has always been at the forefront of engineering education and innovations. The school "trademark" has recently been illustrated by the foundation of two new, fast-developing research units exploring the frontiers between engineering and life sciences: the Health and Engineering center, and the Department of Bioelectronics.
Institut Mines-Télécom: the creation of the first group of engineering and business schools in France.
The creation of the Institut Mines-Télécom on 1st March 2012, made official by the decree of 28th February 2012, brings the Mines Schools and Institut Télécom Schools together to form the first group of engineering and business schools in France, making it a key player in higher education, research, and innovation.
In terms of Teaching, the Institut Mines-Télécom offers new opportunities for students in terms of mobility but also double degrees, particularly for engineers/managers, facilitated by the presence of Télécom Business School. This group now enjoys a higher international profile enabling it to develop partnerships with top-ranking academic institutions.
In terms of Research and Innovation, the research staff at Institut Mines-Télécom cover a broad spectrum of knowledge in engineering, digital technology, economic and social sciences, and management. By combining its assets, the Institute has established itself in its disciplines and areas of application for academic and industrial partners at national, as well as European and international levels.
Established in 1816, and part of the French « Grandes Ecoles » system, the School has remained true to its core values: education, research, and dedication to economic development. Throughout its history, École des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE) has delivered academic programs and research relevant to the requirements of today's and tomorrow's businesses. In two centuries, the School has been transformed from an elite vocational school into a fully integrated graduate research college.
At its inception, the School was entrusted with the mission of high-level training executives to foster the expansion of heavy Industry (mining, energy, transportation, metallurgy) in line with the European Industrial Revolution.
The diversity of the skills relevant to the past industrial context shaped lasting pedagogical principles, which have turned out to be particularly suitable to a broad spectrum of engineering fields.
A well-balanced blend of scientific core subjects, engineering techniques, and economic and human sciences are taught by professors closely connected to the financial world and complemented by internships in technical positions. This has contributed to forging the graduate identity of École des Mines de Saint-Etienne. These values are embedded in our crucial graduate-level diploma: Ingénieur Civil des Mines, a proud illustration of the French engineering school.
The graduates from École des Mines de Saint-Étienne have been at the forefront of technological progress in the whole Industry, France and abroad. They have been instrumental in developing innovative production and management methods, and in the introduction of new technologies, across the successive steps of industrial advances.
EMSE has opened its horizons to international partnerships with 35 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Today, École des Mines has more than 80 academic partners worldwide, 19 double-diploma agreements as part of its Executive Engineering degree program, and research partnerships with the world's top universities.
Since 1991, the School has enjoyed the status of a national, autonomous public agency, placed under the Ministry's authority in charge of Industry.
The School's national supervision is carried out by a subsidiary governmental body, the General Council for Economic, Industry, Energy, and Technologies chaired by the Minister. A government-appointed Vice-Chair administrates the General Council by delegation. The current Vice-Chair is General Engineer Pascal Faure.
The School is overseen by a Board of Directors, whose chair is appointed by the presidential order for a renewable three-year term. The President of the Board is currently Mr. François Gerin, deputy-CEO of Siemens France. The Board is open to all the School's stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, alumni, national and local governments, higher education experts, and representatives from the industrial and economic sectors.
The 29 members of the Board are either elected by specific constituencies (students, professors, staff) or appointed by ministerial order. Consultative statutory bodies, formed by elected and appointed members, are dedicated to specific domains: Teaching Committee, Research Committee, Technical Committee.
The School is managed by a President, whose functions are similar to a University Chancellor. The President is appointed by order of the President of the French Republic for a five-year term, renewable once. Dr. Pascal Ray, first appointed in July 2014, is the 27th director of the School since its foundation in 1816.
The President is assisted by vice-presidents (VPS), a chief administrative officer (CAO), and assistant-directors (ADs). VPS and CAO are appointed by ministerial order, ADs by President's decision. The President, VPs, CAO, and ADs form the COMEX (Executive Committee), which embodies the collegial management of the School, and makes decisions as appropriate. COMEX meetings are held on a weekly/bi-monthly basis.

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