About us

Created by the merger of Mines Douai and Télécom Lille on January 1st, 2017, IMT Lille Douai is the largest graduate school of engineering north of Paris, training the general engineers and digital experts of the future. Each year, IMT Lille Douai, an IMT school in partnership with the University of Lille, awards degrees to over 500 talented engineers, trained to anticipate economic and social changes.


IMT Lille Douai, an IMT school

IMT: the leading group of engineering and management schools in France

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Together, 11 engineering and management graduate schools[1] form the IMT (for Institut Mines-Télécom). The group’s strength lies in the complementary nature of its schools and their cohesion, grounded on their shared vision:

  • to provide education for the business sector and industry
  • to develop national and local economy
  • to contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship.

These activities are enacted in areas concerned by the major transitions in digital, energy, industrial and educational transitions.


[1] IMT Atlantique, IMT Lille Douai, Mines Albi, Mines Alès, Mines Saint-Etienne, Télécom Ecole de Management, Télécom ParisTech, Télécom SudParis ; Eurecom ; Mines ParisTech ; Mines Nancy.

Excellent education and research at the schools

11 state-run graduate schools under the supervision of the Ministry for Economy and Industry

13,400 students, a similar number to the major American universities such as MIT and Stanford.

4,420 degrees awarded. 90% of graduates will start on a permanent contract

A network of 60,000 alumni in every sector of the economy.

2,080 Grade A research publications contribute to scientific and technological advances. They guarantee cutting-edge education.

9,070 business partnerships established with local ecosystems as well as national stakeholders through IMT’s vast regional network.

Geared towards businesses, the partnership-based research of the IMT schools feeds the economy: it is recognised by 2 Carnot Institute labels (Carnot M.I.N.E.S and Carnot Télécom & société numérique) which were awarded in 2006 and renewed in 2011.

IMT’s academic excellence is widely recognised. The teacher-researchers at the IMT schools also receive many awards and accolades.

In the 3rd year of studies, there are 11 graduate schools to choose from.

Engineering or management students at IMT schools can carry out six months of their studies in another of the group’s schools, exploring topics in greater depth that are not offered by their campus, while remaining a graduate of their original school.

IMT, French leader in education through work-study contracts

For over 25 years, IMT and its schools have developed higher education apprenticeships in management and engineering science, using these programmes to train 10% of French engineers each year.


Innovation and entrepreneurship: part of our schools’ DNA

The IMT schools were established by government authorities to support economic and industrial development in France as early as the 18th century. Our schools promote entrepreneurship and encourage the incubation of technology projects: every year nearly 100 start-ups receive support from its schools’ business incubators.

The schools offer a wide range of tools that help students gain an understanding of and experience in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students benefit from the extensive partnerships between IMT schools and local and national innovation structures.

As well as entrepreneurship, these programs train engineers and managers with an awareness of value creation and innovation, enabling them to offer the creativity companies need.

IMT Lille Douai, an important link in the IMT chain, responding to the major transformations of the 21st century

Together, through their complementarity, IMT schools offer a wide range of expertise. IMT Lille Douai plays an integral part in this group dynamic to systematically respond to the requirements of major 21st century transformations:

  • digital
  • industrial
  • energy,
  • educational

The school brings its expertise to IMT research in the areas of smart cities, health and personal autonomy, and the industry of the future.

The IMT is a founding member of the Alliance for the Industry of the Future which brings together trade federations, research organisations and higher education institutions. Its objective is to make France a leader in the new global industrial generation. The IMT aslo co-founded the Franco-German Academy for the Industry of the Future with the Technische Universität München.

Educational Transition: a cooperative approach between IMT schools for transforming teaching models.

IMT and its schools are a significant driving force in creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in French and English, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, digital and engineering science.

By dovetailing their expertise and know-how in innovative teaching methods, IMT schools now benefit from a wide range of courses, that reflect their education.

These courses are fully integrated into the programs offered by IMT schools, for example:

  • Initial common core education
  • Educational experience in “flipped classrooms”
  • Validating credits through retakes or additional teaching
  • Providing students with the opportunity to access cross-disciplinary and complementary themes

Closely linked to IMT’s strategy, the MOOC also contribute to the growth and renown of the group and its schools both in France and around the world.

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IMT contributes to the international reach of its schools

As a global key player with an international outlook, IMT schools attract students from across borders (33% of students enrolled on its Master’s and PhD-level courses are from abroad) while also sending its students to the best international universities with which IMT has established exchange agreements and complementary dual-degree courses through its schools’ existing bilateral agreements.