National Graduate School of Engineering of Caen

Research Center

With four engineering diplomas, including apprenticeship courses, the recent opening of a Master degree with the EM Normandie (Management school of Normandy) and the creation of a FabLAb, ENSICAEN constantly seeks to foster learning by offering teaching methods and training focused on innovation. ENSICAEN is located in the heart of a large campus in the North of Caen, where we can find not only the different universities and colleges but also research laboratories (GANIL, Cyceron ). Courses at ENSICAEN are of both a technically and scientifically high level. The work of our research-professors at the seven ENSICAEN laboratories in collaboration with the CEA, the CNRS and the University of Caen Normandy is always in line with the latest scientific advances and has a strong impact on our course programmes.

Our partnerships with universities, graduate schools, companies, R&D competitiveness clusters (SET Centre : Secure Electronic Transactions and NextMove : Mobility and Car Industry) and industrial sectors like Normandie Aero Espace (NAE) or Normandie Énergie ensure that our engineering students integrate professional life quickly. The numerous industrial or research projects entrusted to our students enable them to enhance their skills throughout the three-year course. These projects also provide an opportunity to discover project management and to experiment team-working which is a necessity for an open innovation approach.

With more than 110 cooperation agreements and exchange programmes with foreign universities around the world, the school has an active policy of international exchange and development so as to facilitate the engineering students’ mobility and the possibility of a double diploma graduation. Finally, ENSICAEN develops the human dimension by supporting the Student Union. More than 50 clubs and associations offer various activities for a dynamic student life.

Joining ENSICAEN means choosing a program nourished by rich exchanges with teachers, researchers, alumni and specialists that will be the cornerstone to the fulfilment of both your personal and professional life.

Pr Jean-François Hamet

Director, ENSICAEN

ENSICAEN in a nutshell

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Our history

ENSICAEN is the distant heir of the Institute of Applied Science (ISA) founded in 1911/1912 as part of the University of Caen. The division of the ISA engendered the Normandy Technical Institute (ITN) in 1914 and the Chemistry Institute of Caen (ICC) in 1922.

In 1960, the Normandy Technical Institute turned into Technical Institute of the University of Caen (ITUC) which became The National Graduate School of Electronics and Electromechanics of Caen (ENSEEC) in 1964. The transformation of the ICC happened in 1967 and the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Caen (ENSCC) was founded.

Both schools merged on 9th December 1976, to become the National Graduate School of Engineering : the Institute of Material Sciences and Radiation (ISMRA) constituting a Teaching and Research Unit. In March 1986, the ISMRA became a public establishment of an administrative nature (EPAC) associated with the University of Caen by an agreement. The EPCA status grants the institute a civil status and a financial autonomy. An agreement signed in 1987 sets the rules of cooperation between the School and the University of Caen. In 2002, the ISMRA changes its name and becomes ENSICAEN (National Graduate School of Engineering of Caen).

Since the 1st March 2017, ENSICAEN has been a Public scientific, cultural and professional oriented establishment (EPSCP), with an autonomous status, similar to any university, which is more adapted to the activities of ENSICAEN. It strengthens the role of research operator and it enables the establishment to be recognised as an actor in the field of Ph.D courses.

Our networks and industrial partners

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