École nationale supérieure des mines de Nancy

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Mines de Nancy
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Type Grandes Ecoles
Established 1919
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 (École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy; also referred to as ENSMN, Ecole des Mines de Nancy or Mines Nancy) is one of the French generalist engineering Grandes Ecoles.

It is located in the campus Artem, in the city of Nancy, Eastern France ( it takes just 1h30 from Paris with TGV), and is part of the University of Lorraine. Around 400 students are taught general science and management and 300 follow specialised Master programs. These students are taught by 60 permanent professors. There are also 400 researchers including an hundred doctorants. Despite its small size, it is well represented in the French industry. Most of its students hold executive positions in the industry and large corporations or scientific research positions in France or abroad.

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.

The Ingénieur civil des Mines degree[edit]


The school was initially aimed at training mining engineers. In 1957, its director Bertrand Schwartz began its transformation into a modern "generalist" school. The school focuses on training innovative managers for the industry and researchers, with a broad generalist and high scientific knowledge, able to communicate in different languages. The Ingénieurs civils des Mines degree (Master of Science and Executive Engineering), is ranked among the best French Grande Ecole degrees. 20% of the students are international students, mainly from Morocco, Tunisia and China. In addition to the general science (advanced mathematics and physics) and management classes, the students have to specialise (one third of their classes) from their second year to the third (and last) 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).

The students must learn English and at least another language.


The students have to do at least three internships in order to get the degree.

  • Operator internship (6 weeks), whose aim is to discover the reality of work, become aware of the repetitive nature or physical difficulties of the tasks and understand human relations within a company.
  • Assistant-engineer internship (at least 10 weeks).
  • Engineer internship (at least 20 weeks, usually around 6 months), the end of course thesis has to be research oriented.

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


For students having taken studied in the Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles (a two-year highly selective undergraduate program in Mathematics, Physics), admission to the Ingénieur Civil des Mines degree is decided through a nationwide competitive examination ( Concours Commun Mines-Ponts) and there origin is different : MP, PC, PSI..., with a nombre of places for each option in 2015 is  :

It is also possible for any student to be accepted for specialised masters or an exchange program in particular through the partnerships with other schools or universities in the world.

Specialised Master Degrees[edit]

  • Master degree in Mechanical Engineering and industrial Design.
  • Master degree in Material Engineering and Production Management.


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, former 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 :

See also[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