All IMT’s graduate schools were founded to respond to industrial needs and to engage in economic development missions, and work under the aegis of the French Ministry for Industrial Renewal. It is thus crucial that their training, research and innovation activities should fit together in such a way as to meet these needs.
Training courses tailored to the needs of businesses
In order to respond to the needs of the business world, all the schools forge strong ties with companies. They adapt their courses to corporate requirements, as the immediate and long-term employability of their graduates is central to their work. The job placement rate is very high (over 80%), with a good percentage in industry (70%) and a significant share in SMEs and midcaps (50%). The schools have also diversified their initial and ongoing training offering.
Learning with the company
More than a third of the general curriculum is performed in-company, via the internships, assignments and projects proposed by firms. Certain schools sign professionalization contracts with businesses for their last-year engineering students. Most of the schools have long since engaged in training by apprenticeship and have seen a significant rise in the inflow of apprentices. Sometimes these courses have been launched in the framework of partnerships in response to identified industrial needs (market studies regularly requested by regional councils); the apprentices work in all types of enterprise (groups, midcaps, SMEs, microenterprises), most often regional.
Creative, entrepreneurial graduates
Innovation and entrepreneurship are key components of the engineering courses. Numerous pedagogical exercises are designed to develop the students’ entrepreneurial spirit, often backed up by the incubator teams. The schools also develop exercises as part of projects in partnership with other schools in order to stimulate the students’ creative side and to initiate them into the art of business start-ups, with the help of teams made up of managers and engineers.
Strong emphasis on business creation
All the Institut’s graduate schools have an incubator. In 2012, 150 companies were incubated and 100 start-ups were founded. These incubators contribute significantly to their surrounding region and are always supported by the local authorities (local and regional councils, European funds, agglomerations, etc.). The survival rate of SMEs is 3 years.
Research and innovation activities are organized around nine business sectors that are all strategic for the economic development of France: Energy (production, efficiency and distribution), Materials processing, Natural and recycled resources, Risk and security, Transport, Industrial engineering, Healthcare and autonomy, Telecoms, information technology and components, and Media and services. Research and innovation activity is firmly focused on businesses and is led by IMT and, for the Mines schools, by its strategic partner Armines.
A commitment to economic development
Fostering territorial economic development
All IMT’s graduate schools are engaged in structural projects, including competiveness clusters, business clusters, R&D hubs, scientific hubs, clusters of excellence, technology research institutes and other associations contributing to local economic development. Some have developed their own business club, coordinate networks of industrialists, or are involved in projects which are cooperation models to help their regions reindustrialize. The aim of these initiatives is to ensure that synergy and innovation are part and parcel of the schools’ higher education activities and that these activities can cohabit on the same site with industrial activity.
Fostering international development
Each graduate school aims to give its students a sound international culture, with a significant part of the curriculum carried out abroad and the opportunity for students to take dual degree programs. Once they have graduated, they will then be able to support the international development of the companies that hire them.
Supporting governmental policies
The schools are committed to schemes originating from governmental bodies: innovation strategies, competitiveness clusters and their ecosystems, entrepreneurship conferences, apprenticeships, lifelong training programs, and more. The Télécom & Société Numérique Carnot Institute boasts more than 1000 full-time researchers and as many PhD students, for research revenue of almost €50 M. It is France’s leading Carnot Institute in the field of information and communication sciences and technologies. The Institut Carnot M.I.N.E.S partners all the CAC 40 enterprises as well as over 200 SMEs. It groups together 38 laboratories from 8 business schools.