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Paris-Saclay University
TypeEducation - Research Grand établissement Grande École
Established1 January 2015
Parent institution
Paris-Saclay University
Budget€ 100 million
PresidentRomain Soubeyran
Academic staff
Postgraduates5,350 (1,000 Engineers/year)
AffiliationsUniversité Paris-Saclay, TIME, CESAER

CentraleSupélec (CS) is one of the most prestigious and selective grandes écoles in France and is a member of the graduate engineering school of Paris-Saclay University in Gif-sur-Yvette, France. It was established on 1 January 2015, as a result of a strategic merger between two prestigious grandes écoles in France, École Centrale Paris and Supélec.[1] CentraleSupélec is also considered to be among the best engineering schools of France and most elite institutions in Europe, with an admission rate of 6 to 8% in 2019. [2] It is one of the constituent members of Paris-Saclay University.[3]

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


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. It stayed there until 1969, when it relocated to Châtenay-Malabry, near the Parc de Sceaux. It moved to its current location in 2015.

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 joint name 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.

Part of the Paris-Saclay University[edit]

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

Since October 2023, the school has been a partner of IPSA for double degrees in aerospace.[4]

The Paris-Saclay University was ranked 14th in the world in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranking. In subject rankings, it was placed first in the world for Mathematics and 9th in the world for Physics (1st in Europe), as well as receiving a top 25 place for Medicine and Agriculture.[5]



The majority of students admitted to the engineer's degree program are selected among candidates from French preparatory classes, which is usually a two to three-year post-secondary program with a focus on certain subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, and Industrial Sciences. 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). The acceptance rate is 8% for MP students, 6% for PC students and 7% for PSI students.[6] The school also recruits top students from overseas partner universities as well as some graduates of French public universities to join the engineer's degree program.

Before 2018, students at CentraleSupélec were admitted to either the Centralien or Supélec engineer's degree programs (but not both), and consequently students enrolled before this year receive the academic degree bearing the name of their respective engineer program upon graduation.[7] On the other hand, all engineering students admitted in 2018 and onward are placed in a 'unified' engineer program and graduate with the same academic degree


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[8]14 (2020)

CentraleSupélec is considered to be among the best engineering schools of France, some ranking it second just below Polytechnique.[9] According to several salary surveys, graduates from both the Ecole Centrale and Supelec Engineering Programs are among the highest-paid in France.[10] As part of Paris-Saclay University, it has been ranked 14th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "About us : CentraleSupélec". CentraleSupélec.
  2. ^ Aghilas (2020-03-19). "Nombre de places concours Polytechnique, ENS, Centrale, Mines". Groupe Réussite (in French). Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  3. ^ "Collaborative networks". CentraleSupélec.
  4. ^ Double diplôme : partir à la conquête du spatial avec l’IPSA, l’Université Paris-Saclay et CentraleSupélec !
  5. ^ Nouvelle, L'Usine (2020-07-12). "L'Université Paris-Saclay, première en maths – Technos et Innovations" (in French). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Aghilas (2020-03-19). "Nombre de places concours Polytechnique, ENS, Centrale, Mines". Groupe Réussite (in French). Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  7. ^ "Competitive Entrance Exam and Admission Requirements". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ [Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2020.html Archived 2018-08-16 at the Wayback Machine]
  9. ^ Classement 2020 des écoles d'ingénieurs françaises du Figaro.
  10. ^ Anne-Sophie Bellaiche (13 March 2015). "Salaires : les écoles d'ingénieurs les plus payantes". usinenouvelle.com. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  11. ^ [Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2020.html Archived 2018-08-16 at the Wayback Machine]

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