The École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées enjoys a special position in the French educational system. It belongs to the foremost schools of engineering in the country.
ENSTA ParisTech offers its students a broad education in engineering with the aim of enabling them to design, carry out and manage complex technical projects, while meeting economic constraints in an international environment. In this view, the institute provides a high-level scientific and technological education, which is constantly updated to keep pace with changes in the leading edge technologies, and supplemented by languages, humanities, and the skills needed in business life such as law, communication, economics, accounting and management.
Educational practice at ENSTA ParisTech combines lectures with group courses. Lectures are given by the institute's professors and researchers, with the participation of numerous auxiliary teachers from the economic and industrial world, familiar with the latest technical developments in their field.
Research is ENSTA's other primary mission. Its five departments carry out research in many areas, in partnership with French, European and international universities and public research bodies. A large number of research staff from the CNRS, INSERM and École Polytechnique also work at ENSTA ParisTech alongside the institute's own professors. The departments perform mostly applied research addressing industrial problems, but are also involved in fundamental developments in the interest of scientific knowledge and aiming at technological breakthroughs. Research makes a dynamic contribution to the School's educational work, underpinning its connection with scientific state-ot-the-art.
ENSTA ParisTech delivers about 170 engineering degrees every year. The broad nature of their education enables graduates to find a career in a large number of sectors: mechanical industries such as the automotive or naval industry, the electronic and IT sector, the energy sector, process and environment industries, but also consulting, finance and defence. ENSTA's graduate engineers are much sought-after by companies. A majority of them find their first job in R&D departments and design offices, rapidly moving towards supervisory and project management positions.
ENSTA ParisTech is a public educational and research establishment, self-governed under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence.
ENSTA ParisTech is a founding member of ParisTech, the federation of high-level engineering and business schools located in and around Paris. Covering almost the complete range of science and technology, ParisTech is a leading entity in French higher education and a partner to some of the most famous universities of science and technology worlwide.