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International masters programmes, a showcase for the school

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In the training portfolio at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, running alongside the 'engineering' courses, the international masters programme - not to be confused with the 'MSc and masters' of the Conférence des grandes écoles – plays a prominent role. These two-year programmes which are Bologna-compliant degrees and assessed regularly by the French ministry of Education, are taught in English and destined essentially for foreign students.

The course is three academic semesters long and is followed by a one-semester internship in a company. As well as the actual 'technical' part of the course, the students will also learn about project management, social sciences, and intercultural communication. "These programmes are very concentrated, consisting of about 400 hours of courses per semester,  according to Annya Réquilé, head of the  "graduate school" at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes. The students are then able to follow on with a PhD if they so wish. More than half the teachers come from abroad. The idea is to attract high-level international profiles, and to play a part in developing French companies abroad and international companies in France, by enabling them to recruit highly qualified candidates who have the profile they are looking for." In order to do this, the students have 100 hours of French courses every semester. Their masters complete, three quarters of them can speak French – well enough to be able to carry out an internship in France. The objective is that these graduates stay on in France for several years, working for their employer, before going back to their own countries. The three masters courses at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes attract participants of 30 different nationalities. These courses, which are very demanding for the teachers, promote both an international outlook and progress for the school, thus enhancing the school's image.

 

Competitive programmes

 

To finance their training, 86 % of the student receive a grant - whether it be from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through French embassies abroad, the government in their country of origin, or industrial sponsors such as Total, Technip or the EDF Fondation. Regional councils are also keen to attract foreign students and offer some funding. Then of course there are the Erasmus+ Joint Master Program scholarships for courses run with European partners. The school itself offers a reduction in enrollment fees based on criteria of excellence. So there are in fact numerous possibilities, if necessary by combining different grants, to manage to fund all of the costs involved – approximately 16,000 euros for the two years.

To go even further, the school has included some of its programmes (the Master PM3E in particular) in European pathways : Erasmus + - Joint Master Program : carrying out one part of the course in another country, the student is awarded a double master degree. This means that  funding from the European union can be awarded. The Ecole des Mines de Nantes  has also received other bids for European partnerships from countries such as Indonesia.

"In terms of both cost and content, our masters programmes are very competitive,  emphasises Annya Réquilé. We offer high-quality training. In the United States, this kind of programme generally costs between 15,000 and 20,000 dollars a year. And yet French establisments struggle to attract students in the face of competition with English-speaking countries." To try and attract candidates, the school takes part in a number of international fairs and promotional tours for higher education establishments, organised by Campus France. It also works with local recruitment agencies. The merger between the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and Télécom Bretagne, which also offers this type of programme, will make it possible to pool marketing costs ... and perhaps also to continue to develop the international masters degree programme.

 

3 masters, close to 150 students

 

The Ecole des Mines de Nantes offers three international masters degree programmes, with close to 150 students :

 

- the MSc MOST (Master of Science in Management and Optimization of Supply Chains and Transport) taking fifteen candidtates per year. "This is a very competitive field, but the school provides high-quality scientific and  technical training, appealing particularly to  "mathematicians", explains Annya Réquilé.

- the MSc PM3E (MSc in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering) is particularly original with its three-fold expertise : project management  alongside the scientific and technical expertise in energy and environment. The course is run in partnership with 4 foreign universities, as part of the Joint Master Program under the  "Erasmus Mundus" label, whereby a joint masters degree is awarded. Every year there are approximately thirty participants on the course.

- the MSc SNEAM (MSc in Sustainable Nuclear Energy - Applications and Management) offers three options in the second year  : waste management, power generation and industrial applications, and medical applications (training conducted in English or French). 15 students per year.

 

The Ecole des Mines de Nantes in India and in Indonesia

 

  • The Ecole des Mines de Nantes will be in India in October. Alongside the other schools from the Institut Mines-Télécom and with Campus France, it will be taking part in the  Admission Tour 2015.
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At the beginning of November, the school will be in Indonesia taking part in the 7th edition of EHEF, the European Higher Education Fair as part of a Franco-Indonesian consortium set up in order to facilitate cooperation and exchanges between the  establishments. The Institut Mines-Télécom will be alongside the Ecole des Mines de Nantes. The Ecole des Mines de Nantes is also organising a scientific seminar on nuclear energy on October 12 and 13 in Indonesia.

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