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.


Lille University

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IMT Lille Douai enjoys a special partnership with the Lille University of Science and Technology, which is involved in the institution’s governance.
Lille University of Science and Technology has over 20,000 students, 22% of whom are from abroad, almost 3,000 members of staff, including 1,600 teacher-researchers and teachers, 37 accredited research teams and 1,100 PhD students of whom 30% are from abroad.
Lille University of Science and Technology is a first-class science and technology centre. Its world-renowned laboratories are involved in the challenges of the future and are equipped with top-level scientific equipment and technology platforms.
Lille University of Science and Technology has been evaluated by HCERES (High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education).

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I-site Lille Nord Europe


On 24 February 2017, the government published the list of universities selected for the Initiatives of Excellence (Idex) and the science – innovation – territories – economy initiatives (I-site) under the second Investment for the Future Programme (PIA2).

The international panel chaired by Jean-Marc Rapp selected the dossier presented by the delegation on 21 February 2017 and recognised it as an I-site in view of a clearly identified scope of scientific excellence structured around 3 major interdisciplinary themes: health, the planet and the digital world.

The evaluation report confirms the excellence of the joint project and its entire scope. It underlines the legitimacy of the ambition, not just on a scientific level but also in terms of pedagogy and international development.

The University of Lille Nord-Europe (ULNE) project will receive a 500 million euro subsidy, an amount matching Idex funding.

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The COMUE Lille Nord de France

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IMT Lille Douai is one of the 11 members of the COMUE Lille Nord de France.
The COMUE Lille Nord de France is a state-run scientific, cultural and professional organisation (EPSCP) which has 11 members: 9 higher education institutions (the universities of Lille 1, Lille 2, Lille 3, Artois, Le Littoral and Valenciennes, the Catholic University of Lille, the Ecole Centrale de Lille and IMT Lille Douai) and 2 research bodies (the CNRS and Inria).

The ComUE Lille Nord de France addresses five major requirements:

  1. Consolidating an education programme of excellent quality.
  2. Increasing research quality and excellence.
  3. Reinforcing valorisation and transfer, developing research partnerships.
  4. Promoting innovative ecosystems in the regional territory.
  5. Making higher education and research an integral part of the strategies of economic, social and political players.

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The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE)

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The role of the Conference of Grandes Ecoles is to:

  • develop internal information, mutual aid and solidarity between its members, the vast majority of whom are presidents of prestigious graduate schools
  • promote the schools both nationally and abroad
  • develop courses and research
  • carry out initiatives of common interest with government authorities.

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The Conference of the Directors of French Engineering Schools (CDEFI)
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The CDEFI is committed to promoting engineers from French schools throughout the world as well as in France. The international dimension lies at the centre of its activities, especially in the European Higher Education and Research Area.


The CDEFI also « encourages its members to share their experiences ». This sense of community aims to help them in their day-to-day practice. It provides each member Director with valuable information for their school’s development and strategy and holds education seminars and the annual « DEFI 21 » conferences, special occasions when French engineering schools are able to share their thoughts with their partners on the major challenges for French engineers in the 21st century.

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The Regional Conference of the Grandes Ecoles (CRGE)

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The CRGE performs fact-finding missions and coordination activities for the graduate schools and as such is the contact organisation for institutions and authorities.
Considerable influence in terms of numbers

  • 15,000 students
  • 3,600 graduates per year
  • 7,200 interns
  • Almost 40% high school diploma + 5 graduates at a regional level
  • Over 10% of French graduate school graduates

Cutting-edge research

  • 75 laboratories
  • 450 PhD students
  • 180 theses defended each year
  • Corporate technology transfer contracts worth nearly 20 million euros


Active role in economic development: through their laboratories, the schools are highly involved in competitiveness clusters (I-Trans, MaUD, Up-Tex, Industries du Commerce, etc.).


Through its involvement with the CRGE, IMT Lille Douai is also part of the PRREL Ambition programme in the Hauts-de-France region

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