IMT Atlantique

IMT Atlantique Bretagne Pays de la Loire (also known as École Nationale Supérieure Mines-Télécom Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire or École des Mines Télécom Atlantique) is a French grande école and engineering school, which was created on January 1, 2017 through the merger of the École nationale supérieure des mines de Nantes and Telecom Bretagne.[1] The engineering school is part of the Grandes Écoles, a prestigious group of French institutions dedicated to engineering, scientific research, and business education. It consists of three campuses and one site: Brest, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse. IMT Atlantique is a school of the Institut Mines-Telecom and a member of the Université Bretagne Loire.

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IMT Atlantique
TypePublic. Engineering school within the Institut Mines-Telecom, administered by the General Council for the Economy, Industry, Energy and Technologies.
EstablishedJanuary 1, 2017 (2017-01-01)
AffiliationCGE, CDEFI, Institut Mines-Télécom, Université Bretagne Loire
Budget70 million euros
ChairmanGuillaume Texier
DirectorPaul Friedel
Academic staff
CampusBrest, Nantes and Rennes

IMT Atlantique offers a unique generalist engineering diploma. Students from Grandes Écoles preparatory classes may apply through the Concours Commun Mines-Ponts competitive entry exam.

IMT Atlantique is one of the applied schools of the École Polytechnique.

The acceptance rate at IMT Atlantique is 8.7%.


The École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne was established in 1977 and the École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Industrielles et des Mines de Nantes was established in 1991.[2] In 2009 it came under the administrative supervision of the General Council for the Economy, Industry, Energy and Technologies.[3]

In 2012 the Institut Mines-Telecom was created, merging the Mines Nantes and Telecom Bretagne schools was envisaged from 2014.[4] The merger was agreed upon by both schools on March 24, 2015[5]

The new entity came into existence on January 1, 2017.

On February 2, 2017, the directors of IMT Atlantique and the ENSTA Bretagne signed a partnership agreement between the two institutions in the presence of the Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The agreement provided for the implementation, in the short and medium term, of collaborative activities in training, research, innovation and internationalization, and the creation of an engineering hub6, 7.



  • From January 1, 2017: Paul Friedel8


  • From January 1, 2017: Guillaume Texier, financial manager of the group Saint-Gobain9, 10, 11


Generalist engineerEdit

IMT Atlantique offers a unique generalist engineering training program mainly drawing on students who have sat the Concours Commun Mines-Ponts competitive entry exam.

Apprentice engineerEdit

It also offers three apprentice engineer training programs in partnership with the regional authorities of Brittany and the Pays de la Loire region :

  • digital transformation of industrial systems,
  • software engineering,
  • computer science, networks and telecommunications

Masters of scienceEdit

  • Master in Information Technologies
  • Master in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy
  • Master in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering (PM3E)
  • Master of science in Management and Optimization of Supply chains and Transport (MOST)
  • Sustainable Nuclear Engineering - Applications and Management

Specialist master'sEdit

  • Connected Information Systems Engineering
  • IT applied to banking and actuarial decision-making
  • Engineering for European and International Affairs
  • Web Technologies and Cyber-security
  • Networks and Mobile Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Renewable Marine Energies
  • Space-based Communications Systems

Doctoral programmeEdit

IMT Atlantique covers 20 doctoral specialities within the five doctoral schools in the Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions with which it is co-accredited.

Academic rankingEdit

On a national level, right from its first year of existence the school was placed in the A+ group of L'Etudiant's ranking list, thereby entering the French Top 10. (7th in 2020)

IMT Atlantique is ranked between 350-400 by THE (Times Higher Education) Ranking in the World.

On an international level, for the first time this year the school entered a thematic ranking, the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. This thematic ranking list is part of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), known as "Shanghai", which is the most renowned international ranking list. It evaluates the scientific excellence of higher learning institutions and few French engineering schools appear on it.

Lastly, the school integrated the top 5% of the Webometrics ranking list, which evaluates an institution's influence through its presence on the Web (visibility, scientific publications, etc.). This ranking measures international renown and IMT-Atlantique is doing particularly well in this area. The school currently occupies 1,351st place in the world, out of 27,000 institutions.

IMT Atlantique also participates in U-Multirank, the worldwide ranking list of higher learning institutions established by the European Union, which evaluates each institution in five areas: teaching and learning, research, international orientation, knowledge transfer and regional engagement. In 2017, this ranking included 1497 institutions in 99 nations. IMT Atlantique was distinguished in the knowledge transfer category and holds second place in France.

International University Rankings
ARWU – Telecommunication engineering[6] [151-200]
ARWU – Electrical & electronic engineering[7] [201-300]
ARWU – Computer science engineering[8] [201-300]
Webometrics[9] 1351/27000
French engineering school rankings
L'Étudiant[10] 7th (2021)
Usine Nouvelle[11] 5th (2021)


Departments of teaching and researchEdit

Research is organized into thirteen departments of teaching and research

  • Automation, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing and IT (Nantes)
  • Electronics (Brest)
  • Information Technology (Brest)
  • Image and Data Processing (Brest)
  • Languages and International Culture (Brest)
  • The Logic of Practices, Social and Information Sciences (Brest)
  • Microwaves (Brest; Toulouse)
  • Optics (Brest)
  • Subatomic Physics and Related Technologies (Nantes)
  • Social Science and Management (Nantes)
  • Signals and Communications (Brest)
  • Energy and Environmental Systems (Nantes)
  • Network Systems, Cyber Security and Digital Law (Rennes)

Research UnitsEdit

The school is also linked to different joint research units:

  • GEPEA - Process Engineering for Environment and Food (with the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), ONIRIS (National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering) and the University of Nantes)
  • IRISA - Research Institute of Computer Science and Random Systems (with the CNRS, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Rennes, the INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), the INSA of Rennes (French National Institute of Applied Sciences), the University of South Brittany, the University of Rennes-I and the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (CentraleSupélec))
  • Lab-STICC - (Research laboratory in the field of information and communication science and technology) with the CNRS, the University of West Brittany and the University of South Brittany, the ENSTA (graduate and post-graduate engineering school and research institute) of Brittany and the ENIB (graduate school of engineering) of Brest
  • LaTIM - Laboratory of Medical Information Processing, with the INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and the University of West Brittany associated with the CHRU (regional university hospital) of Brest
  • LS2N - Laboratory of Digital Science, Nantes, with the CNRS, the University of Nantes, the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and INRIA
  • Subatech - Laboratory of subatomic physics and associated technologies, with the IN2P3 of the CNRS and the University of Nantes


IMT Atlantique is a certified Institut Carnot for the quality of its collaborative research and is developing a policy of long term partnerships with businesses through the creation of innovative research facilities.

The school is a member of seven industrial chairs:

  • Cybernavale (Cyber defence of naval systems) with the École navale, Naval Group (formerly DCNS) and Thales
  • Cyber CNI (Cyber security of critical infrastructures) with Orange, Nokia, BNP Paribas, La Poste, EDF, Airbus Defense, Amossys and the Société Générale
  • Pracom (advanced communications research hub) involving twelve businesses
  • C2M (Characterization, modeling and control of electromagnetic wave exposure) with Orange and Télécom ParisTech
  • STOCKAGE (Storage of radioactive waste) with EDF, the ANDRA and Areva
  • RESOH (Security at the level of inter-organizational relationships) with the IRSN, Areva and Naval Group
  • MERITE (teaching chair for the diffusion of scientific, technological and industrial culture), with Assystem

It is also a member of two academic chairs:

  • Medical imaging for interventional therapy with the Inserm
  • RITE (Risks and emerging technologies: from technological management to social regulation).

Lastly, it is also a member of four joint laboratories:

  • ATOL (Aeronautics Technico-Operational Laboratory) - on-board aerial surveillance with Thalès Systèmes Aéroportés and École navale
  • Smart Grid – a common competence center in connected objects with TI and ITRON
  • SEPEMED (SEcurity & Processing of Externalized MEdical image Data) - the protection of health data with PME MEDECOM
  • TransOp - Optimisation engineering and operational planning of resources in passenger transport with EURODECISION

IMT Atlantique CampusEdit

Brest campusEdit

The Brest campus, located in Plouzané on the sea coast, is part of the Brest-Iroise technology hub, on 24.14 hectares, near other higher learning institutions (ENIB and ESIAB). It consists of school buildings, sports facilities (gymnasiums, stadiums, tennis courts, a weight lifting room and a dance studio), restaurant, student residence, enough housing for all students (twelve buildings), an incubator and an astronomical observatory.

Nantes campusEdit

The 13.15 hectare campus is situated on the Erdre riverbank in the Atlanpole technology hub, on the Chantrerie campus near other higher learning institutions (Oniris, École supérieure du bois, Polytech Nantes, École de design Nantes Atlantique). It consists of school buildings, sports facilities (gymnasiums, stadiums, tennis courts, and a weight lifting room), restaurant, student residence, enough housing for all students (six buildings), and an academic incubator. The school also has student accommodation in the town center.

Rennes campusEdit

The Rennes campus is located in Cesson-Sévigné within Rennes Atalante near the research and development centers of major companies (Orange, Technicolor) and innovative SME/SMIs in fields such as image, networks, connected objects and cyber security (Acklio, Broadpeak, Enensys, NexGuard, Kerlink) along with the technological research institute, b<>com. Third year options include "Networks", "International Business" and "Business and Banking Finance". In 2020, Line B of the Rennes metro should link the campus to the Rennes' town center, from the Atalante station. It consists of school buildings, a student residence, student housing and an incubator.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Décret n° 2016-1527 du 14 novembre 2016 modifiant le décret n° 2012-279 du 28 février 2012 relatif à l'Institut Mines-Télécom. November 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Décret n° 91-1037 du 8 octobre 1991 relatif à l’École nationale supérieure des techniques industrielles et des mines de Nantes. October 8, 1991.
  3. ^ Décret n° 2009-64 du 16 janvier 2009 relatif au Conseil général de l'économie, de l'industrie, de l'énergie et des technologies. January 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "L'Ecole des mines de Nantes et Télécom Bretagne en route vers la fusion" (in French). May 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mines de Nantes et Télécom Bretagne : la fusion pour 2017" (in French). March 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 - Telecommunication Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2017". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  7. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 - Electrical & Electronic Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2017". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  8. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 - Computer Science & Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2017". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  9. ^ "University | Ranking Web of Universities". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  10. ^ "IMT Atlantique - Brest, Nantes : Palmarès des écoles d'ingénieurs 2021 - L'Etudiant". (in French). Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  11. ^ "Classement des écoles d'ingénieurs 2021 de l'Usine Nouvelle" (in French). Retrieved 2021-03-04.