Institut industriel du Nord

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Institut industriel du Nord (IDN)
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Established 1872 (Engineering school foundation 1854)
Type Engineering school and research institute
Location Lille, France
Affiliations École centrale de Lille

The Institut industriel du Nord (IDN) is the engineering school and research institute at École Centrale de Lille from 1872 to 1991, within the campus of the Lille University of Science and Technology (France).


In 1872 lectures and research activities at École des arts industriels et des mines (École Centrale de Lille) founded in 1854 were reorganised into a three-year curriculum and developed within an Institut industriel du Nord de la France, with a focus on civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry and manufacturing engineering. Electrical engineering full courses were added in 1892, automobile design has been taught from 1899 onwards. More than 200 students graduated in year 1914. Aerodynamics studies started in 1930. A stress on automatic control and computers was initiated in 1957. Later came courses and research in computer science, supply chain management, materials science, micro-electronics and telecommmunications.

Since early 20th century, student admission has been based on a competitive exam after attending a classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles or similar undergraduate studies.

The Institut industriel du Nord was originally located in Lille central district until 1875. Larger buildings with dedicated laboratories were inaugurated in 1875 nearby the Faculté des sciences de Lille. It then moved in 1968 in the modern campus of Lille University of Science and Technology, in the south-east suburb of Lille.

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Coordinates: 50°36′23″N 3°08′13″E / 50.60639°N 3.13694°E / 50.60639; 3.13694