Ecole des Mines de Nantes
Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Industrielles
et de Mines de Nantes
is an engineering school forming a part of a network of six schools educating high
level engineers. Unlike most universities and colleges, these schools are under the
direct administration of the Ministry of Industry.
The first Ecole des Mines was founded by Louis XVI in 1783 to meet the needs of the
mines at the time when safety and mining
technology left much to be desired. With the changes in the industrial landscape
over the years, the role of the Ecoles des Mines has evolved. No longer do they
train mining specialists, but engineers capable of participating in the development
of all aspects of modern day industry.
The links with industry are particularly close, as the Director of the school is also Director of the
DRIRE, the Regional Directorate for Industry,Reserch and the Environment.
This represents one of the strengths of the training at the school.
The person that has created the image of
Ecole des Mines de Nantes is Robert Germinet.
He was the first director of EMN, he is the author of new approach to the
engineering education in France (author of the book "L'apprentissage de
l'incertain"), he has arranged some types of periodic conferences with
the participation of nobel prozes in physics, etc. Last, but not least, he is
the initiator of the cooperation between Ecole des Mines de Nantes and Warsaw
University of Technology.
The person that is, promoting, arranging
and leading many different types of common activities from very begining up to
now - is Barbara Erazmus. Starting
from our participation in the experiment led by her at GANIL and developing our
works on particle correlations, we are participating now in the largest physics
experiments: STAR at Brookhaven and ALICE at CERN.
The Agreement of Cooperation between
Ecole des Mines de Nantes and Warsaw University of Technology was signed in
March 24-th 1997
in Warsaw. The cooperation
includes the exchange of students, teaching and scientific staff, common
participation in some international projects in education and science, experiments in
The general arrangenment of the cooperation is led
by John Miller- Jones an author
of some new, interesting form of education and international cooperation eg. the
"International Project" in which two teams of students are
cooperating using Internet.
The trainings of EMN
students in Poland are arranged by Nicole Poedras
doing it very effectively by arranging the meetings of EMN students with the
representatives of WUT and EMN and keeping contacts with the coordinator of
cooperation in Warsaw.
||After five years of cooperation, both
sides stress the good development of common actions concerning education and
research. During the last meeting (July, 2002) in Nantes the new director of EMN
Stephane Casserau and v-ce rector of WUT
prof. Mirosław Mojski have expressed the
intention to continue, develop and intensify the cooperation.
(see the report.)
The main forms of cooperation:
- Trainings of EMN students in Poland (each year some students of EMN make 3 month
training in research institutes or industrial enterprises in Poland)
- Thesis preparations by our students at EMN in Nantes (Students are
participationg in our research cooperation with the Department SUBATECH of EMN.
The colected data are used for their Diploma or PhD thesises.)
- Participation oi the new method of education "International Project" in which two
student teams are cooperating together in the solution of a particular scirntific or
industrial problem; example "Analysis of the possibility of application of silicon
detectors in the process of serylisation of medical matherials by means of electron
- Participation in the European student exchange program - SOCRATES,
- Reciprocal visits of staff members in order to learn about specific teching methods
and approached in the cooperating school.
- Scientific cooperation in the field of Nuclear Physics. Participation in the large
physics experiments in the laboratories: GANIL, CERN, BNL.
Photo: Visit of the delegation of
Warsaw University of Technology in Nantes. The delegation was led by the Rector
- Prof. Jerzy Woznicki.
discussion table - from left to right:
- John Miller-Jones - Responsible for
International Relations at EMN
- Alain Schmitt - Deputy Director of EMN
- Jerzy Woznicki - Rector of Warsaw University of Technology
- Robert Germinet - Director of Ecole des Mines de Nantes
- Barbara Erazmus - Leader of the Experimental group at the department
- Gerard Hegron - Deputy Director of EMN
- Jan Pluta - coordinator of the
cooperation from WUT