École centrale de Lille

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Located in the campus of the University of Lille in France, the École Centrale de Lille is a renowned Graduate Engineering school, with roots back to 1854 as the Ecole des arts industriels et des mines de Lille, re-organised in 1872 as the Institut industriel du Nord. It is one of the Centrale Graduate Schools.

Its different curricula lead to the following French & European degrees :

  • Ingénieur Centralien de Lille (Centralien Graduate engineer Master degree)
  • Masters Research & Doctorat (PhD doctorate studies)
  • Specialized Masters (Mastère MS Spécialisé).

Academic activities and industrial applied research are performed mainly in French and English languages. Students from a dozen of nationalities participate to the different curricula at Ecole Centrale de Lille.

The 1300 graduate engineer students at Ecole Centrale de Lille live in dedicated residential buildings[1] nearby research labs and metro public transports on a campus that is shared with 20,000 students from Lille University of Science and Technology.



École centrale de Lille was founded as École des arts industriels et des mines de Lille in 1854, the same year when Louis Pasteur became the dean of the Faculté des sciences de Lille and pioneered applied research with industry cooperations, with support of scientists such as Charles Frédéric Kuhlmann. Between 1854 and 1871, students attending the two-year curriculum grew to 90 per annum. Baccalaureate was a prerequisite to admission to the engineering school.

In 1872 lectures and research activities in the engineering school were reorganised into a three-year curriculum and developed within its Institut industriel du Nord, with a focus on civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry and manufacturing engineering. Electrical engineering full courses were added in 1892, automobile design has been taught from 1899 onwards. More than 200 students graduated in year 1914. Aerodynamics studies started in 1930. A stress on automatic control and computers was initiated in 1957. Later came courses and research in computer science, supply chain management, materials science, micro-electronics and telecommmunications.[2]

Since early 20th century, student admission has been based on a competitive exam after attending a classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles or similar undergraduate studies.

École centrale de Lille was originally located in Lille central district from 1854 to 1875. Larger buildings with dedicated laboratories were inaugurated in 1875 nearby the Faculté des sciences de Lille. It then moved in 1968 in the modern campus of Lille University of Science and Technology, in the south-east suburb of Lille.

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