CentraleSupélec is a public institution under ministerial charter, devoted to the sciences and engineering. This charter is shared between the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Technologies.
CentraleSupélec was officially established on January 1st, 2015, bringing together two leading engineering schools in France; Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec. The co-operation between our two grandes écoles, as they are known in the French system, had progressively been gaining momentum since 2009, with sustained alliance in three core areas: engineering education, executive education and research.
Since 1969, our schools have shared the same admissions process; by way of competitive entrance examinations. The similarities in our respective student populations naturally led to a certain harmony in terms of our approach to innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalisation and leadership development. Our journey towards becoming CentraleSupélec, has allowed us to consolidate our research to cover all of the engineering and systems sciences.
Today we boast multiple campuses across the country; in the Paris region, Metz and Rennes. We have 4200 students and 370 faculty members and researchers, all of whom interact with our global network: three international campuses (China, India and Morocco) and five associated laboratories (Brazil, Canada, The United States and China). We also have successful partnerships with 176 international universities and 140 corporate institutions. Our academic and research excellence is nestled in our firm and fruitful cooperations with large national institutions such as the CNRS, CEA, INRIA, ISERM and ONERA.
A rounded academic offering renowned for excellence
CentraleSupélec is a world-class institution with four core activities:
- The prestigious Ingénieurs Généralistes program (currently under the Centrale and Supélec tracks respectively).
- Research in the engineering and systems sciences.
- The Doctoral Program, with its vibrant network of eight doctoral schools as well as a Masters program.
- The Executive Education program which includes Specialised Masters (in 23 subject areas) and Executive Certificates.
A new engineering program in 2018
In 2018 we launched the new CentraleSupélec Engineering Curriculum. It is designed to emphasise student agency within a skill-building academic program; a program aimed at crafting expertise, fostering autonomy and nurturing career development from the very start.
At the heart of this program is the combination of the fundamental and the applied sciences, approached from a complex perspective within a multidisciplinary framework. These disciplines include mathematics, physics, computer science and technology, energy, mechanics and industrial engineering.
' CentraleSupélec is responding to needs of the global scientific community in shaping and supporting our students, within the current needs of society while leading it towards future trajectories. Our vision is that of the whole engineer. One who is independent-thinking as well as being socially and environmentally responsible. Be he or she a creator or a business leader, the CentraleSupélec graduate, will be able to bring together scientific excellence, technical expertise and an openness of spirit founded on the values of humanism, respect, sharing and co-operation; values that define us as an institution.' Romain Soubeyran, President of CentraleSupélec.
A leading public institution with an international network
Ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide by QS, we have a network of 176 partner universities in 45 countries and 80 double-degree agreements. Our international student population is at 30%, with 24% international faculty members, as well. We have an alumni network of 35,000 people all over the world.
We also continue to develop our presence in China, India and other major countries of the future. In 2005, Ecole Centrale Paris, together with the Groupe Ecole Centrale , became the first top-tier French engineering school to export its pedagogical model abroad, with the creation of Ecole Centrale Pekin in China. In 2014, Mahindra Ecole Centrale was launched in India, and in 2015, Ecole Centrale Casablanca was launched in Morocco. In addition to our overseas campuses, we also have active partnerships with academic and research institutions around the world, with five associated international laboratories in China, United States, Singapore and Canada.
We are thus building a global group of schools and interconnected laboratories, which we intend to expand further in the years to come. Most recently, in October 2015, the École Centrale Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of São Paulo towards one day opening a school in Brazil. We are also working on the idea of a Southern African Ecole Centrale in Mauritius.
A leading engineering school within Paris-Saclay University
CentraleSupélec has been a key school in defining the Université Paris-Saclay project, the development of its Doctoral Schools, its Masters program, as well as creating the label of an Excellence Initiative (IDEX).
As a leading engineering school within Paris-Saclay University, we:
- co-direct five doctoral schools: Interfaces, SMEMG, STIC, EOBE, and Mathematics Jacques Hadamard
- offer a wide range of subjects within the Masters programs. Between 2015 and 2019, the program was restructured around 14 titles and 40 courses
- participate in 6 laboratories of excellence (LABEX) and 2 equipments of excellence (EQUIPEX)
- partner with high-profile actors on the Plateau de Saclay (EDF R & D, CEA, CNRS, IRT SystemX, etc.)
A school for the future
Our world is experiencing unprecedented change, specifically through digital revolutions, and massive data. These transformations to society are not only real but bring with them immense challenges that our engineers of the future will need to steer.
We need engineers who can handle problems within increasingly complex systems, we need engineers who can think scientifically, and finally we need engineers who are truly innovative. Our vision at CentraleSupélec for our graduates is for them to be able to bring together diverse fields of expertise, to generate new solutions, to initiate and invoke change. Our mission is for our graduates to enter professional life with a strong focus on ethics, responsibility and citizenry, as well as with committed dialogue and actions on socio-environmental concerns.
We are the school of this changing world, we have been since 1829. We have, at every stage in our history, adjusted and adapted our curriculum and research to fit the times, to change with the times and most of all, our engineers have defined their times and will continue to do so in the future.
We shape the future by:
- training multidisciplinary engineer-entrepreneurs and experts in complex systems
- developing innovative research responses to major technological, economic, social and environmental challenges
- enabling practicing professionals to acquire the skills they need to adapt to change and make their businesses more competitive