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Education - Research

Grand établissement Grande École
Established 1 January 2015
Budget € 100 million
President Hervé Biausser
Academic staff


(1,000 Engineers/year)
Location Gif-sur-Yvette, Metz, Rennes, France
Affiliations Université Paris-Saclay, TIME, CESAER
Website www.centralesupelec.fr

CentraleSupélec (CS) is a French institute of research and higher education in engineering and science. It was established on 1 January 2015 as a result of a strategic merger between two leading grandes écoles in France, Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec.

It is a key founding member of the University of Paris-Saclay (consortium of research universities in France), the TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) network and also the CESAER association of European engineering schools.

Campuses CentraleSupélec


École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures[edit]

École Centrale Paris was founded in 1829 on a private initiative by Alphonse Lavallée, who financed its creation and became its first president, and three distinguished scientists: Eugène Peclet, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, and Théodore Olivier. The founding vision was to promote the development of 'industrial science', or practical applications of recent major scientific discoveries, and to educate multidisciplinary engineers to lead the emerging industrial sector. The institution was offered to the French state in 1857.

Initially located in the Hôtel de Juigné (now Hôtel Salé and home to the Musée Picasso), it was transferred to rue Montgolfier in 1884, where it stayed until 1969. Its current location neighbours the Parc de Sceaux.

École Supérieure d'Electricité[edit]

Supélec was founded in 1894 by Eleuthère Mascart, a prominent academic who was elected as a Perpetual Member and Secretary of the Académie des Sciences and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society. He was also a Professor at the Collège de France, and recipient of the Bordin Prize in 1866 as well as the Grand prix de l'Académie des sciences in 1874. Supélec was created in order to educate engineers for the then booming electrical industry.

Supélec was originally based in Rue de Staël, 15th district of Paris. It was then relocated to Malakoff close to Porte de Vanves, and Gif-sur-Yvette in 1975, where the main campus is currently located. A second campus was established in Rennes in 1972 and a third in Metz in 1985.

CentraleSupélec Alliance[edit]

Since December 2008, a strategic alliance was announced between the two schools, known today through the common brand of CentraleSupélec. Hervé Biausser became the director in 2013, 1 September, while keeping the directorship of Centrale Paris. CentraleSupélec now has three campuses in France: Gif-sur-Yvette, Metz and Rennes.

Establishment of the Université Paris-Saclay[edit]

Since 2008, École Centrale Paris and Supélec have participated in the creation of the campus of the Paris-Saclay research cluster. The University of Paris-Saclay is a French mega university under development, which aims to become the top university of continental Europe in the ARWU rankings.



Students selected from the competitive entrance exam[edit]

The main stream of admissions comes from French preparatory classes, which is usually a two to three-year program with a focus on certain subjects such as Mathematics and Physics. CentraleSupélec offers 142 places in the Mathematics and Physics program (MP), 88 places in the Physics and Chemistry program (PC), 93 places in the Physics and Engineering Sciences program (PSI), 10 places in the Physics and Technology program (PT), and 10 places in the Technology and Industrial Sciences program (TSI). Until 2018, successful engineering students at the CentraleSupélec exam are admitted to either the Centralien engineer program or the Supélec engineer program (but not both) depending on their rank at the entrance exam, and consequently the academic degree conferred to each candidate upon graduation bears the name of the respective engineer program.[1] On the other hand, all engineering students admitted in 2018 and onward are placed in a 'unified' engineer program and graduate with the same degree.

University stream[edit]

Teaching and learning[edit]



CentraleSupélec is widely considered to be among the top 3 engineering schools of France.[2] According to several salary surveys, graduates from both the Ecole Centrale and Supelec Engineering Programs are among the highest-paid in France.[3]


  1. ^ "Competitive Entrance Exam and Admission Requirements". Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Palmarès l'Etudiant 2017 des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs". 
  3. ^ Anne-Sophie Bellaiche (13 March 2015). "Salaires : les écoles d'ingénieurs les plus payantes". usinenouvelle.com. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 

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