École des Mines de Douai

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École nationale supérieure des mines de Douai (Mines Douai)
Type Grande école
Established 1878
Endowment EUR 35.6 million (in 2010)
President Daniel Boulnois
Students 977
Location Douai, France
Coordinates: 50°22′31″N 3°04′04″E / 50.3751862°N 3.0677927°E / 50.3751862; 3.0677927
Campus Douai
Affiliations Institut Mines-Télécom (Mines Télécom Institut of Technology), Groupe des Écoles des mines, Conférence des Grandes écoles
Website http://www2.mines-douai.fr/en/

The École des mines de Douai also called "École nationale supérieure des mines de Douai (Mines Douai)" (ENSMD) is a French National Graduate School of Engineering (Grande école d'ingénieurs) located in the city of Douai, close to Lille, North of France.

Founded in 1878, the institute was originally a vocational school providing for the training needs of skilled workers "Maîtres-mineurs" for the coal mining industry. In the 1960s, it awarded its first engineering degree.

Today, the Grande École des Mines de Douai trains high-level engineers and scientists (Master and PhD level) in various technological fields. Despite its small size (fewer than 200 students are accepted each year, after a very selective exam), it is a crucial part of the infrastructure of French industry.

The training is divided into 3 years. After a 2-year preparation in a national preparatory program, students must pass a selective exam to be accepted in this school. Then they complete a first year and get a bachelor's degree (2 years in the preparatory program + 1 year at the school). Their training continues with a 2-year program to get a master's degree.

Education[edit]

First year[edit]

The selected students have various profiles. At the beginning the school offers a training with general courses:

  • Mechanical engineering, materials science, computer-aided design
  • Chemical engineering, environmental stakes
  • Automation engineering, signal processing
  • Programming, algorithms, information technology, mathematics, analysis, probabilities, statistics,
  • Sports
  • Project management, team management, law, economics
  • Foreign languages: English as a first mandatory language, second mandatory language (German, Spanish, Russian or Mandarin Chinese), third optional language (German, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese)

During the second semester, several elective courses are offered and give students the opportunity to learn a particular subject related to engineering topics. These courses are divided into 4 sections:

  • Materials, mechanics, design: Chemical properties - Steel - Glass and refractory materials - Mechanical applications - Advanced computer-aided design - Structural materials
  • Chemistry, environment, energy: Organic chemistry - Petroleum engineering - Nuclear engineering - Nuclear chemistry - System optimization
  • Electrical engineering, electronics, automation: Electricity & environment - Automation - Numerical signal processing - Matlab/Simulink - Programming of sequential functions
  • Computer engineering and mathematics: Cryptography and secret codes - Complex analysis - Advanced Excel - Numerical analysis - Data analysis - Web programming - Introduction to Action Script - Embedded software development

The first year is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in general engineering: students have general knowledge about several engineering topics.

Second year[edit]

The second year is the first master year. Students are required to select a minor and a major. This couple of courses gives them a very personalized educational path. There are 13 minors and 8 majors. Some minors cannot be selected with some majors.

The 13 minors (in ordinate) linked to the 8 majors (in abscissa)
Environment and industry Civil Engineering Energy Engineering Mechanical Engineering Quality Engineering Computer Engineering Industrial Engineering and Industrial Automation Technology of Polymers and Composites
Health, Quality, Environment in Civil engineering X X
Statistics of measures and risks X X
Techniques in Research and Development X X X
Structure of Materials X X X
Structural analysis X X
Manufacturing and Automation X X X
Acquisition, processing of measures and regulation X X
Hydraulics et Hydrogeology X X
Valorisation of materials X X X X X
Renewable energies X X
Mobile applications and embedded systems X X
Decision Engineering X X X
Quality and security of information systems X X X

The 8 majors offered are:

  • Environment and industry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Quality Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Industrial Automation
  • Technology of Polymers and Composites

Third year[edit]

During the third year, in order to complete their technical knowledge students are required to study courses linked to professional positions. They have to select one group of courses among the following ones:

  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business and Sales
  • International
  • Research and Development
  • Law expertise
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing

Academic partnerships[edit]

Mines Douai has a various range of academic partnerships with French and foreign universities. French students can go to a foreign university during the second year and/or the third year. They can also earn a double degree with some of the universities below. Foreign students can also come to Mines Douai.

Partnerships in France for an academic exchange[edit]

Partnerships in France for a double degree[edit]

Foreign partnerships for an academic exchange[edit]

Foreign partnerships for a double degree[edit]

Other schools of Mines in France[edit]

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