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The Grenoble Institute of Technology (GIT) (Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, Groupe INP Grenoble, or INPG) is a Frenchmarker technological university system consisting ofsix engineering schools.

INPG also has a 2 year preparatory class programme, an adult education department, as well as 35 laboratories and a graduate school in Engineering Sciences. More than 1,100 engineers graduate every year from the INPG, making it France's biggest grande école.

Most of the INPG is located in Grenoblemarker, except for the ESISAR which is located in Valencemarker.


INP Grenoble was born in the Alpine environment. It was officially founded in 1900 with the creation of the Electrical Engineering Institute. Industrial pioneers of a century ago found that after mastering hydraulic power and creating the initial industrial applications, they had also created a need for well-trained engineers.

The first of its type in France, INPG became polytechnical and grew continuously in scale, becoming the National Polytechnical Institute in 1971 with Louis Néel, Nobel Laureate in Physics as its first President. INPG's scope and influence, due to its excellence in teaching and research as well as its close links to industry, have consistently expanded. INPG enjoys an international reputation as one of France's and Europe's finest universities of technology.

The INPG is currently contributing to the construction of the Minatec project, one of Europe's biggest nanosciences research center.

Some Figures

Academic staff and researchers:
  • 1250 teaching staff (350 permanent)
  • 1400 researchers (300 permanent)
  • 450 administrative and technical staff

Students: (2004 figures)
  • 1,428 degree students
  • 3,036 masters students
  • 842 doctorate students

The total number of students in 2004-2005 was 5,306 students, including 1,152 international students.

Most of the students enter the INPG after a two-year undergraduate program, the French classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles, the selection being made according to the results of an entrance exam. However a few students (less than 10%) can be admitted at the INPG without needing to take an entrance exam. Such students have to follow another two-year undergraduate program called the CPP Preparatory Course and to have a minimum entrance average at the end of the program. This program has been created by the French INPs in [1993] in order to attract even more French high school-leavers as well as students with particular sporting or musical talents.

Each year, INPG graduates: (2004 figures)
  • 1,046 engineers with a "Diplôme d'ingénieur" (five-year curricula)
  • 332 DEA (master level)
  • 146 [PhD]


  • The École nationale supérieure de l'énergie, l'eau et l'environnement or ENSE3 (Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences), founded in 2008, created from the merge of the former schools ENSHMG and ENSIEG.

  • The Ecole nationale supérieure d'informatique et de mathématiques appliquées de Grenoble or Ensimag, founded in 1960: trains engineers to master the design and use of computer and mathematical tools: VLSI and computer design, software engineering, telecommunications and networks, distributed applications and systems, image processing and synthesis, economic and financial systems modeling, scientific computation. The Département Télécommunications founded by ENSIMAG and ENSERG in 1999 has merged with Ensimag.

  • The École nationale supérieure en systèmes avancés et réseaux or ESISAR (former name : Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs Systèmes Avancés Rhône-Alpes), founded in 1995 and based in Valence. The school trains engineers to master technology of informations and of communication.

  • The École nationale supérieure de génie industriel or ENSGI founded in 1990. It trains engineers specialized in organization and technological management. The ENSGI has a formal link with Grenoble's Social Sciences University and its business School whose faculty participate in ENSGI's curriculum.

  • The École internationale du papier, de la communication imprimée et des biomatériaux or PAGORA, formerly named Ecole Française de Papeterie et des Industries Graphiques (EFPG) was founded in 1907 It trains engineers for the paper and graphics industries: physical chemistry and mechanics, process engineering, paper production and conversion, and printing techniques.

  • The École nationale supérieure de physique, électronique et matériaux or PHELMA (Physics, Applied Physics, Electronics and Materials Science), founded in 2008, created from the merge of the former schools ENSPG, ENSEEG and ENSERG.

Former schools

In 2008, some schools merged, and some other changed their names. From 10 schools or department, the group reorganized the courses and reduces the number of school down to 6

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Grenoble (ENSPG), founded in 1985: trains engineers in physical sciences, nanotechnologies, materials science, electronic and optoelectronic devices, energy and nuclear engineering and physical instrumentation. ENSPG trains physics engineers with a strong scientific background. Graduates are employed mainly in basic and applied research or in development. Its activity was transferred in 2008 in the new school PHELMA.

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique et de Radioélectricité de Grenoble (ENSERG), founded in 1958: trains engineers in electronics from basic components to complex circuits and telecommunications systems, image and word processing, computer and multimedia systems. Its activity was transferred in 2008 in the new school PHELMA.

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Hydraulique et de Mécanique de Grenoble (ENSHMG), founded in 1928: trains engineers in the fields of fluid mechanics, hydraulics and water resources, environmental sciences and mechanical engineering. Its activity was transferred in 2008 in the new school ENSE3.

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