ParisTech (officially Institut des sciences et technologies de Paris (Paris Institute of Technology)) is a collegiate university system located in Paris, France that specialises in science and business.
In 1991, a number of engineering Grandes Écoles set up a coordinating voluntary association, called "Grandes écoles d'ingénieurs de Paris", to foster closer collaboration 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".
In 2007, ParisTech's 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, supported by a strategic orientation council and a scientific council. The board of directors includes 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 long-established publicly owned educational and research institutions, many of which were founded 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), ENSAE ParisTech (Economy, Statistics & Finance) or 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:
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (Arts et Métiers ParisTech), engineering school founded in 1780
- École nationale des ponts et chaussées (École des Ponts ParisTech), founded in 1747
- Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l'environnement (AgroParisTech), founded in 2007, as a result of the merger of three agronomy, forestry and food science schools with roots dating back to 1664
- École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique (ENSAE ParisTech), founded in 1942
- École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI ParisTech), founded in 1882
- École nationale supérieure de chimie de Paris (Chimie ParisTech), founded in 1896
- École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech), founded in 1783
- École nationale supérieure des télécommunications (TELECOM ParisTech), founded in 1878
- École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées (ENSTA ParisTech), founded in 1741
- Institut d'Optique Graduate School (SupOptique), founded in 1920
Facts and Figures
From the official website:
- 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
- 15 ParisTech Masters of Science programmes
- 73 Advanced master's degrees (MS, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles accredited)
- 21 Doctorate schools in 28 accredited programs in PariTech schools, or in partnership with science institutes and universities.
- 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 close to one another in the Latin Quarter, the district on the left bank of the Seine where intellectual life has been thriving since the Middle Ages. However, some institutes also created additional sites on the outskirts of Paris or in other parts of the country.
Some years ago, the École nationale des ponts et chaussées eventually moved its educational and research facilities to more spacious facilities in greater Paris, in Marne-la-Vallée (East). SupOptique and part of ENSTA have relocated to the Palaiseau campus recently, as did the ENSAE.
Besides its Latin Quarter location, AgroParisTech, the ParisTech college that specializes in life, food, and environmental sciences, also is located at eight 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. Similarly for Arts et Métiers ParisTech, only the main one of its 8 campuses is located in Paris. The other teaching and research centers are spread in the country, closer to the industrial fabric of each region. Different specializations are available in the campuses, such as Aerospace in Bordeaux and materials science in Metz.
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.
- 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.
- 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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