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École des Ponts ParisTech: a global reference for research on the city, the environment and their engineering

Tackling the big challenges

At the heart of its teaching and research strategy, École des Ponts ParisTech places questions of modelling in mechanical engineering, in materials, in economics, in applied mathematics and environmental sciences, for the civil engineering, transportation, energy and water sectors, and in particular everything relating to urban services, infrastructure management or spatial planning.

Tackling major societal challenges has been an essential factor in the School’s history and continues to guide its activities. Against this background, building a future in a world that is becoming aware that resources are limited and that human activities affect the environment at planetary scale, is a formidable challenge that the young generations graduating from the School will need to take on.

3 strategic priorities have been set for the period 2011-2014:

  • to pursue academic excellence both in research and teaching;
  • to train engineers who are aware of the need to reconcile environmental protection and value, economic development and social progress, and who are capable of making significant contributions to these three essential elements of sustainable development in the modern world;
  • to contribute to the development of an academic centre of excellence in the Paris region with a global reputation, in particular in relation to the “City, Environment and their Engineering”..

Educating highflyers

In pursuing this aspiration, the School relies on its acknowledged position as an educator of highflying engineers, a position made possible by its excellence in teaching and research (AERES assessments), and more generally by its ability to provide the business and administrative sectors with executives possessing high potential.
Indeed, the School is one of the top engineering schools in France: French media rankings place it amongst the leading 4 engineering schools with École polytechnique, École Centrale Paris and Mines ParisTech.Although the School does not directly feature in the “Shanghai ranking”, it is present in two subject rankings in the 2011 QS University Rankings:Civil & Structural Eengineering 51-100, Mechanical Engineering 101-150 (the only other French engineering schools mentioned are École polytechnique and Centrale Paris); it stands 279th in the world ranking, and 2nd amongst French engineering schools.In addition, in the 2011 international professional ranking published by Mines ParisTech, the School is placed 38th in the world (HEC 4th, X 7th, ENA 9th, SciencesPo 17th, INSEAD 21st, Mines ParisTech 21st, Centrale Paris 92nd) and therefore 3rd among French engineering schools.

Structural alliances

Since 2007, the School has been a driving force in the development of the Paris-East University research and higher education cluster (PRES) at Champs-sur-Marne, which has as its goal to achieve global visibility in the field of the “City, Environment and their Engineering”. The other founding members of this higher education and research cluster are Paris-East Marne-la-Vallée and Paris-East Créteil universities, the Alfort National Veterinary School, The Higher School of Electronic and Electrotechnical Engineers and IFSTTAR (French Institute of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure Sciences and Technologies). The associate members of the Cluster also contribute to its reputation in the field, starting with EIVP (City of Paris Engineering School), now attached to the School, CSTB (Scientific and Technical Centre for Construction), ESTP (Special School of Public Works, Construction and Industry) and three architecture schools (Marne-la-Vallée, Paris-Malaquais, Paris-La Villette).

The School is also participating in the development of the “ParisTech” PRES, firstly because of the role assigned to this PRES in the international promotion of engineering degrees and in relations with the business world, and secondly because of the multiple links between the School and the different members of the PRES, in particular the École polytechnique and the schools that the long to the joint Mines-Ponts entry examination system (ENSMP, ENST, ENSTA, ENSAE).

International development

The School’s international development, underway for more than 20 years, in particular through double-degree agreements, has brought it a network of lasting alliances that contribute to its reputation.