École nationale supérieure des mines de Nancy

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Mines de Nancy
MinesNancy Logo.png
Established 1919
Type Grandes Ecoles
Students 803[1]
Location Nancy, France
Campus Nancy, ARTEM
Affiliations Groupe des écoles des mines, Artem, INPL
Website www.mines-nancy.univ-lorraine.fr

Mines Nancy (ENSMN; also referred to as les Mines, Mines de Nancy or École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy) is one of the prestigious French generalist engineering Grandes Ecoles. The ENSMN is an establishment of teaching and research in engineering with about 800 students, 60 permanent professors, 400 researchers including a hundred doctorants.

It is located in the city of Nancy, in the east of France, which gathers 48 000 students. Despite its small size (around 140 students in a year, with approximately 20% foreign), it is well represented in French industry. They have buildings in common with the ICN Graduate Business School and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy since 2012 in the campus Artem. The students of the other schools have still not arrived and should be coming in a few years.

It was created in 1919 on the request of the University of Nancy in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the mining and steel industry in the east of France after World War I. At the end of the 1950s, under the impulse of its then-director Bertrand Schwartz (younger brother of Laurent Schwartz), the school reorganized its curriculum to include a balanced blend of engineering, management and social sciences. At the time, it was an innovative educational model for engineers, that was later extended to other Grandes Ecoles.

Its students for the most part hold management positions in industry and large corporations, but some of them prefer scientific research in any of the French research institutes (such as CNRS, INRIA, BRGM), or abroad.

The Civil Engineer of Mines diploma[edit]

The former vocation to train mining engineers evolved in the course of time, because of technological progress and transformations of society. ENSMN has turned into a "generalist" school and proposes to its students the following specialisations for their second year :

  • "Département Matériaux" (materials and mechanics)
  • "Département Energie : Production, Transformation" (energetics)
  • "Département Procédés, Energie, Environnement" (energetics and environment)
  • "Département Génie industriel" (applied mathematics and industrial engineering)
  • "Département Information et Systèmes" (computer science)
  • "Département Géoingénierie" (geosciences and civil engineering).


Every student have to do at least three internships in order to get degrees. It is a way to get foreign experience.

  • Operator internship (6 weeks), whose aim is to discover social reality of work
  • Optional summer internship (free)
  • Assistant-engineer internship (at least 10 weeks)
  • Engineer internship (at least 20 weeks, usually around 6 months)

The engineer internship is usually an opportunity for the companies to hire the students.


For French students, admission to Civil Engineer of Mines is decided through competitive examination at the end of preparatory classes, a highly selective system. The students have a high level in mathematics and theoretical physics. It is also possible for any student to be accepted for masters or study in particular partnerships with other schools or universities in the world.


Ecole des mines de Nancy
  • LSG2M : science and engineering of materials and metallurgy
  • LSGS : science and engineering of surfaces
  • LPM : physics of materials
  • LAEGO : environment, geomecanics, buildings
  • CRPG : petrography and geochemistry
  • LORIA : computer science and its applications
  • ERPI : innovative Processes

Forum Est-Horizon[edit]

The students of the ENSMN organize their own meeting with professionals, who present their companies and their activities. The FORUM EST-HORIZON is currently the biggest meeting between the professional world and the students in the East of France. With 60 exhibitors covering a large variety of economic and industrial fields, the forum gathered last year more than 2000 students, looking for advices, information and internships.

Famous alumni[edit]

  • Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011
  • Jacques Bouriez, chief executive officer of Louis Delhaize Group
  • Patrick Cousot, professor at New York University
  • Louis Doucet, chief executive officer of GE Money Bank
  • Bertrand Méheut, chief executive officer of Canal+ group
  • Amina Benkhadra, current Moroccan minister of energy, mines, water and environment since 2007.
  • Kofi Yamgnane, mayor of Saint-Coulitz (Brittany), mayor of Saint-Briac (Brittany), French junior minister of social integration in 1991-1993 and deputy of Finistère in the French Parlement in 1997-2002. He ran for the 2010 Togolese presidential election.
  • Philippe Guillemot, chief executive officer of AREVA T&D

The board of directors[edit]

among its members :

Other schools of Mines in France[edit]


  1. ^ "ENSMN Nancy (INP Lorraine), Nancy (54)". Letudiant.fr. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°40′24″N 6°10′18″E / 48.67333°N 6.17167°E / 48.67333; 6.17167 École nationale supérieure des mines de Nancy