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Institut des sciences et technologies de Paris
Established 2007[1] - 1741[2]
Type Public
President Jean-Philippe Vanot[3]
Academic staff 2,900
Students 19,600
Location Paris, France

ParisTech (officially Institut des sciences et technologies de Paris (Paris Institute of Technology))[4] is a collegiate university located in Paris, France specialised in science and business.


  • History 1
  • Colleges and institutes 2
  • Facts and Figures 3
  • Locations 4
  • Education 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In 1991, many engineering Grandes Écoles felt the need to set up a coordinating voluntary association, called "Grandes écoles d'ingénieurs de Paris", that would foster closer collaboration among themselves in areas of common interest and thereby acquire international recognition as an entity of sufficient size and importance.

In 1999 its name was changed to "ParisTech".[5]

In 2007, its status changed to a public establishment for scientific cooperation (établissement public de coopération scientifique). It is headed by a President, assisted by an executive bureau and a secretary general, and administrated by a board of directors, assisted by a strategic orientation council and a scientific council. The board of directors gathers one representative of each college or institute as well as researchers, faculty members, and one representative of the students.

Colleges and institutes

The member institutes of ParisTech are well-established publicly owned educational and research institutions, many of which were founded back in the 18th century. Some deliver a high-level, broad education in science such as Arts et Métiers ParisTech , MINES ParisTech, École des Ponts ParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech or École Polytechnique, whereas others provide a deeper, research-focused level of expertise in select scientific disciplines, such as AgroParisTech (life, food and environmental sciences), TELECOM ParisTech (telecommunications), Chimie ParisTech (chemistry), ESPCI ParisTech (physics, chemistry and biology), Institut d'Optique Graduate School (physics and optics) or ENSAE ParisTech (Economy, Statistics & Finance). Some finally, do not deliver degrees in science or in engineering, like the business school HEC Paris, and the ENPC School of International Management, also members of the Paris Institute of Technology.

ParisTech is also a member of IDEA League, an alliance between universities in science and technology in Europe, as well as of the ATHENS Programme.

The member colleges and institutes are:

Facts and Figures

From the official website:[6]

  • 3,500 teachers-researchers
  • 18,900 students (31% of whom are foreign students)
  • 2,500 PhD students
  • 200,000 alumni


  • 6,200 Master's degrees delivered every year
  • 181 Master's programmes (teaching unit specialities) with more than 2700 courses[7]
  • 15 ParisTech Masters of Science programmes
  • 73 Advanced Master's degrees (MS, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles accredited)[8]
  • 21 Doctorate schools in 28 accredited programs in PariTech schools, or in partnership with science institutes and universities.[9]


  • 126 research laboratories
  • 500 doctoral theses defended every year
  • 18,000 publications (over the past five years)
  • 2,870 research contracts with companies


AgroParisTech, ENSAE ParisTech, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, ESPCI ParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, MINES ParisTech and TELECOM ParisTech are located in the Latin Quarter, the district on the left bank of the Seine where intellectual life has been thriving since the Middle Ages. A majority of them are there, close to one another, in a district bustling with student activity and within the centre of the city.

However, some institutes also created additional sites on the outskirts of Paris, or in other parts of the country. In the course of time, some institutes had settled more towards the periphery, but always on the Left Bank.

Some years ago, the École nationale des ponts et chaussées and the École Polytechnique eventually moved their educational and research facilities to more spacious campuses in greater Paris, respectively in Marne-la-Vallée (East) and Palaiseau (South). SupOptique and part of ENSTA have relocated on the Palaiseau campus recently as will the ENSAE and the rest of ENSTA within 2012.

Besides its Latin Quarter location, AgroParisTech, the ParisTech college specialized in life, food, and environmental sciences, also comprises 8 other sites, including sites on the Parisian outskirts (including an experimental farm used for education and research, at the Château de Grignon in the West of the Paris), in other parts of mainland France, and Guyane.

It is the same for Arts et Métiers ParisTech, among its 8 campuses, only the main one is located in Paris. The other teaching and research centers are spread in the country to get closer to the industrial fabric of each region. Moreover, different specializations are available in the campuses, such as Aerospace in Bordeaux and materials science in Metz.

HEC Paris is located in Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles.


ParisTech offers a variety of courses, independently or in partnership with other institutions (in particular doctoral and Master's degrees), in the core disciplines of science and technology at postgraduate level. Its main programmes are:

  • the "Ingénieur" degree (equivalent to a master's degree of engineering) delivering a broad understanding of fundamental Engineering Science and a thorough introduction to Economics, Management and Communication. The admission to the Ingénieur degree is widely known as being highly selective. Students are admitted through nationwide competitive examinations for students having completed two years of Classes Préparatoires in France or abroad, or by virtue of outstanding academic records.
  • Master of Science (MSc) programmes, courses designed to provide an in-depth understanding in various fields of science ranging from Mathematics to Economics. Admission to ParisTech MSc programmes is open to students holding a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) from a French or international university. Each college or institute has its own specific admissions requirements.
  • Mastères spécialisés (Post-master professional certificates) enable students which have already completed a Master's degree to develop their knowledge in a speciality to a high standard.
  • An MBA (Master of Business Administration) ranked No. 1 in the world for the international mobility of its graduate students.
  • Doctoral programmes (PhD): ParisTech laboratories play host to 2000 doctoral students. Thesis enrolment is handled by the ParisTech institute or college to which the host laboratory is attached.
  • ParisTech institutes and colleges also offer continuing education courses aimed at professionals, accessible with a Bachelor or university degree, with courses to the degrees of Ingénieur, Master, Specialized Master or Doctorate.


  1. ^ founding decree, 21 March 2007
  2. ^ oldest member École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
  3. ^ official website retrieved 29 October 2012
  4. ^ official English naming according to convention constitutive, 16 January 2007
  5. ^ Official website,l'histoire et le fonctionnement, retrieved 27 July 2008
  6. ^ "Facts and figures on the ParisTech's official Website". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  7. ^ According to the online catalogue of curses (listed in external links).
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Les écoles doctorales" (in Français). Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

External links

  • ParisTech website
  • ParisTech Open Course Ware, presentation of educational resources from the 10 of the 11 ParisTech graduate schools and the HEC business school, and free access to the available online catalogue of more than 2,500 teaching resources, 2,700 course in around 200 programs of teaching units; most documents are under a Creative Commons licence, they can be read, copied and printed for a personal usage, but must not be modified.
  • Pastel, the catalog of more than 1500 PhD thesis signed by ParisTech students from 10 of the 11 ParisTech ecoles, with free access online (about 400 theses are presented each year).
  • Poly-Media Documentation center, similar catalog of PhD theses from École Polytechnique, with free access online.
  • ParisTech Review, the online magazine of ParisTech that assesses how technological innovations will bring sweeping changes to business, the economy, society and individuals.

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