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École des mines d'Alès

École des Mines d'Alès
Established 1843
Type Grandes Ecoles
Director Bruno Goubet
Location Alès, France
Campus Alès, Nîmes, Pau[1]
Affiliations CGE, CDEFI, Groupe des écoles des mines

L'École des Mines d'Alès (EMA) was created in 1843 by King Louis XVI, under the guardianship of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Employment, is a French technology and engineering university. From 2012, its full name changed into Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Alès. Founded in 1843, this school was originally formed for study of the mining industry. It is now an engineering school in France Grandes écoles and of the Groupe des écoles des mines.[1]

There are three year engineering degree and masters' degree programs.[2]


  • General Information 1
    • History 1.1
    • Organisation 1.2
    • Campus 1.3
    • List of directors 1.4
  • Education fields 2
  • The laboratories 3
  • Clubs and associations 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes and references 6
  • External links 7

General Information


L'École des Mines d'Alès (EMA) was founded in 1843.

  • From 1841 to 1845 : On 27 March 1841, the project of founding this school was adopted to the Municipal Conseil. In August 1841, the general Conseil emitted a positive opinion. On 22 September 1843, a royal ordonnance created this school. In November 1845, the first promotion was settled. The EMA was initially a school created to promote the development of the Alais basin. Its mission is to train competent masters for mining.
  • From 1845 to 1918 : She became "École Technique des Mines d'Alès". Le level of the education there improved. There were more and more candidates and the graduate students became the chefs of exploitation, engineers.[3]

The First World War (1914–1918) forced the school to close down temporarily.[3]

  • From 1918 to 1960: The school diversified its field of education (masters for management and geometry measurement of mines, conductors of mining constructions...) but because there was not a defined diploma programme, the number of students declined. Thus, in order to attract more candidates, there was a campaign held for the reconstruction of a new school. And from 1965, a "diplôme d'ingénieur" was authorised.
  • From 1960 to 1970: The school became "l'École Nationale Technique des Mines d'Alès". Before the end of the mining activities, the school had diversified its education into new industrial domains.
  • From 1980, the EMA began to admit girls and promote entrepreneurship.
  • In 1990, other two campus sites were established outside Alès, respectively in Nîmes and Pau.
  • In 1999, the education and the research focused on these three axes:
    • Culture of the entrepreneurship
    • Incubateur technologique
    • Partnership with the technopoles.[3]


The EMA is a public national school (ARMINES) which contributes a lot to the technological innovation and the industrial development of France.


The main part of the school is in the city Alès. The students' residence is around 2 km from the main campus. The residence offers individual rooms, double rooms or studios, furnished and equipped. There are also a laundry, a kitchen equipped, rooms for entertainment, a bar, an auditorium, and a TV room with campus wide internet access.[4]

List of directors

The following is a list of directors by time period:[5]

Time Director
1845–1849 Pierre-Jules Callon
1849–1860 Gabriel Jules Étienne Dupont
1860–1862 Jules Alexandre Alphonse Meugy
1862–1869 Edouard Victor Descottes
1869–1874 Charles Ernest Ledoux
1874–1878 Oscar Linder
1878–1884 Jules Hippolyte Julien
1884–1890 Fernand Rigaud
1891–1895 Louis Jules Caesar Ichon
1895–1898 Henri Jean Baptiste Xavier Boutiron
1898–1900 Louis Albert Laurans
1900–1912 François Jules Camille Dougados
1911–1912 Alexandre André Belugou (par intérim)
1913–1924 Joseph Marie Pierre Loiret
1924–1927 André Charles Duby
1927–1936 Jules François Gabriel Daval
1937 Pierre Jules Lafay
1936–1945 Jean Paul Louis Damian
1945 Jean-Paul Robert Bernadet
1945–1948 Louis Charles Eyssautier
1948–1951 Marcel Georges Fernand Sala
1951–1960 Jean Alfred Vuillot
1960–1964 Pierre Charles Alexis Legoux
1964–1979 Jean-Pierre Arnold Marcel Pertus
1979–1982 Marcel Gerente
1982–1989 Gustave Defrance
1989–1994 Maurice Cotte
1994–2003 Henri Pugnere
2003–2013 Alain René Georges Dorison
2013– Bruno Goubet

Education fields

Areas of study:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering of Materials and Mechanics
  • Information engineering
  • Management of Risks and Environnement
  • System and production engineering[1][2]

The laboratories

There are three centers of research:

  • Information engineering and Production engineering (LGI2P) focuses on information and communication and is located in Nîmes.[6]
  • Centre of Materials and Grand Diffusion (CMGD) focuses on mechanical structures and function materials and is situated in both alésien and palois of Hélioparc.[7]
  • Industrial Environnement and Industrialand natural Risks (LGEI) focuses on managing risks and gestion of natural resources.[8]

Statistics in 2009:[9]

  • Doctorates : 70
  • Students : 751
  • Budget : 26.6 millions Eruos
  • Contracts of research : 6,1 millions euros
  • Effectif of laboratories : 325
  • Number of articles : 686

Clubs and associations

  • The Circle of Students (Cercle des Élèves)
  • Association Sportive (L'AS): tennis, badminton, horse-riding, swimming, table tennis, golf, escrime, football, rugby, basketball, volleyball and handball.
  • Emagine, the Junior-Entreprise of l'Ecole des mines, was created in 1989.[10] Emagine is an independent entity, supported by Ecole des Mines d’Alès and its incubateur.
  • Other clubs
    • The meteorology club, or MeuhTEO, created in 2005.
    • The club Jeux de Rôles, or JdR, created in January 2006.
    • Le club Ultimate Frisbee, founded in 2007.
    • L'ATHEMA : Association of Thésards of École des Mines d'Alès.
    • Le club Theater.
    • robotics club : EMABot.
    • AIMA (Association des Internationaux de l'Ecole des Mines d'Alès) : The International Students Club

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Industrielles et des Mines d’Alès. Grandes Ecoles and Higher Education Schools. Campus France. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Introduction of EMA on Letudiant". Letudiant introduction_EMA. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "History of EMA". 160 years. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  4. ^ "Camups Site of EMA". Official introduction of the campus. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  5. ^ "Directors in history". Directors of EMA. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  6. ^ "Information engineering and Production engineering (LGI2P)". LGI2P website. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  7. ^ "Centre of Materials and Grand Diffusion (CMGD)". CMGD website. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  8. ^ "Industrial Environnement and Industrialand natural Risks (LGEI)". LGEI website. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  9. ^ "Academis Statistics". 2009_EMA_Activities&Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2012. ' (primary source) 
  10. ^ (primary source)

External links

  • Official website
    • Organization and services (Translated from French)
  • Annales des Mines : A History of more than 160 years of École des Mines d'Alès.
  • List of the directors with their photos
  • Association of students of G4 (Albi, Alès, Douai, Nantes)
  • Groupe des Écoles des Mines
  • site of concours

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