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2021 ANNUAL
REPORT

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THE BEST OF

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IMT Mines Albi

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A WORD FROM THE CHAIR

A SCHOOL BOASTING GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS

At the end of 2021, I had the great honor of being appointed Chair of the IMT Mines Albi School Board. I would like to begin by thanking my predecessor, Dominique Poiroux, who served in this position for several years and was strongly committed to promoting the school’s development. I wish to continue this mission, alongside our Director, Lionel Luquin, especially as we have both arrived during a very favorable context, with the opportunity to establish new strategic directions by the end of 2022. 

To accomplish this, we will be able to build on the school’s great achievements:

  • leading areas of research (health, industrial engineering, energy transition, aeronautics); 
  • the ability to forge links at the local, national and international levels; 
  • a high proportion of female students; 
  • the ability to attract external funding. 

All of these achievements will enable us to clearly define our priorities for the next four years and further enhance the school’s influence and attractiveness


Florence FOUQUET,
Chair of the School Board

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A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR

A YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION

2021 was a year marked by transformation. This included educational reform, a new Director and Chair, and new ways of working and teaching. These changes enhanced the school’s agility and remarkable stability, which was confirmed with the renewal of the ISO 9001:2015 certification. 

These strong markers have encouraged us to maintain our strategies for addressing the issues of the future: 

  • reinvent our world by training engineers to lead and manage sustainable transitions;
  • identify new development trends and stimulate business creation;
  • work to create an agile and responsible society.

Build, innovate, make our dreams tomorrow’s realities.


Lionel LUQUIN,
Director

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KEY FIGURES

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TRAINING

918

students

Dont 41% women
18% international students

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RESEARCH

6 M€

of annual revenue

127 rank A publications

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ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT

14

joint chairs
and laboratories

100% 3-years survival rate
for incubated companies

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SCHOOL

10,5 M€

of own ressources

347 staff members
including 74 researchers

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4 missions

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
IN AN ERA OF TRANSITION

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Recognized international excellence

This year, two international students won Eiffel Scholarships based on their academic excellence. José Luis Limon Farfan, a Mexican Chemical Engineering graduate and Idrissa Issifi Adamou, an engineering student in Electrical and Energy Engineering from Burkina Faso joined IMT Mines Albi in 2021. 

For the first time, IMT Mines Albi made the Round University Ranking, a world ranking that measures the performance of 1,150 leading universities. The school ranked 7th among French institutions.

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96%

net employment rate
at 12 months

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38,465€

gross annual salary
with bonuses in France

Education rooted in tomorrow’s challenges

Responsible engineers, committed to the modern age

At the start of the 2021 academic year, marking the school’s 30th year, the education program was redesigned to ensure ecological, digital and factory transitions of the future are central themes in its courses. The goal was to inspire future engineers to consider their responsibility in this area and their impacts on society. The school wishes to make this a “strong marker” of its identity.
“With this reform, we aim to inspire future engineers to consider their responsibility in this area and the impact of their actions on society. The school will therefore require graduates to obtain a ‘humanity & transition endorsement.’”

Bruno Ladevie, Director of Training

Engineers in touch with the problems facing the business world

For the first meeting of France’s National Hydrogen Council (CNH), which was held on the premises of SAFRA in Albi, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, met with some of the school’s engineering students.

Throughout their training, students will remain in direct contact with companies. This year, students met with 42 companies during the Business Forum, 16 during their Missions Innov’actions project and met specifically with Danone for a remote serious game!

STRONG SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY

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Highlighting our experts

We have created a section on our website to highlight the experts from our three training and research centers as well as guest speakers. Discover the “Expert opinion” section to gain insight on news and issues related to the school’s areas of expertise and the answers provided by lecturer-researchers.

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6M€

in research contracts
(CNRS, ARMINES and school)

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89

PhD
students

IMT MINES ALBI POSITIONS ITSELF ON PARTNERSHIP RESEARCH

As a school that is under the authority of the Ministry for Industry, Economy and Recovery, IMT Mines Albi has not only positioned itself on partnerships with research institutes but also supports French industry. 

The “France Relance” recovery plan at IMT Mines Albi

IMT Mines Albi is contributing to the national “France Relance” recovery plan by supporting the program’s target to “Safeguard R&D jobs”. Collaborative research projects have been created in each of the school’s research and training centers. As a result, a total of 12 projects have led to the recruitment of 7 engineer graduates and 11 company employees now devoting 80% of their working hours to the school’s training and research centers.

Prosperous joint research projects

Based on its experience in “targeted research” for companies and society, IMT Mines Albi has initiated lasting research partnerships with companies in recent years. 
IMT Mines Albi and French companies from a wide range of sectors have therefore come together to create 12 joint laboratories and 2 chairs

This pooling of means and human resources for the sake of ambitious research programs and the innovative and agile joint steering model enables the creation of strong connections between IMT Mines research teams and companies’ R&D teams. This long-term interaction ensures that research teams at IMT Mines Albi gain a perfect understanding of the company’s needs. It also accelerates the transfer of technology to the company, establishes scientific credibility on the subject, and provides the company with opportunities to recruit new talent.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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New prospects for Mines Albi alumni

Mines Albi Alumni held its elective general meeting at the end of the year. Several recent graduates joined the network, which is present around the world. Camille Lescure, Class of 2019, was elected president for a two-year term. 
The school recently signed a new three-year grant agreement with the association in order to support alumni in the development of their projects.

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13%

student
entrepreneurs

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+5,000

alumni

IMT Mines Albi, a key player in student entrepreneurship

IMT Mines Albi puts the technological and scientific expertise from its training and research centers to work to support the creation of innovative technological businesses.

Entrepreneurship, a seed sown from the start

At IMT Mines Albi, entrepreneurship is important. The number of students who choose the entrepreneur track has been steadily increasing since it was first introduced in 2016. It now accounts for over 10% of students, which represents a quarter of the student entrepreneurs at the Academy of Toulouse.
At the same time, IMT Mines Albi and IMT Mines Alès observed that after completing a student entrepreneur track, it was more difficult for women to make the leap to start their business than it was for men. The two schools therefore came up with the “Déploiement d’Elles” program. This joint initiative is a weekend-long event that promotes entrepreneurship among women by addressing the psychological barriers to business creation.

Incubated start-ups with talent

The school is recognized each year for the technological and entrepreneurial support it provides. In 2021, IMT Mines Albi’s incubated start-ups performed brilliantly in various competitions for innovation and entrepreneurship:

  • Junglo : Digital Start-up Trophy organized by IMT Starter;
  • SKEP : Pépite Award organized by the Occitanie region and 3rd place for the CRECE Award;
  • 3D Aersopace : first prize at the Bercy-IMT Innovation Awards and winner of a spot at CES Las Vegas;
  • Hopper : first place in the "Révélation" category at the 2021 Sportup Summit, winner of the "Talents" Award at the Engineering of the Future competition (Prix de l'Ingénierie du Futur), first place at the Pitch French Tech competition, and 2nd place at the Pépite Awards organized by the Occitanie region;

SCIENCE FOR EVERYONE

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IMT Mines Albi continues its commitment to open science

The Open Science Barometer is a national measurement tool used to follow trends in the open distribution of French research publications. IMT Mines Albi boasts an open access rate exceeding 85% for its 2020 publications, according to a report from the end of 2021. The national score for engineering sciences is 50%.

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1,126

visitors
including 250 school children

Numerous science outreach events for the public

A new format for European Researchers’ Night

The 2021 edition of European Researchers’ Night offered a “hybrid” program this year, with new in-person and online activities in partnership with Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. 
A great opportunity for discussion and interaction, this unmissable Albi event featured a new “scientific walks” activity this year that allowed the public to discover research conducted by lecturer-researchers over the course of their walk through the streets of Albi.

2021 editions in close cooperation with Albi schools

Prior to the European Researchers’ Night, doctoral students from the school and from the Champollion National University Institute visited middle schools and high schools in Albi to share their thesis topics in fun and interactive ways. 
As part of the Fête de la Science (Science Festival), 150 elementary school students visited the research and training centers on campus to discover current research and participate in workshops to raise awareness about climate issues of the future.  
This year, the traditional “Hands-on” workshop was held remotely due to the health context. Our future engineers visited elementary school classes in the Albi region to introduce children to the scientific approach by promoting an understanding of the major challenges of the 21st century through active teaching methods.

CENTERS' LIFE

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING CENTER

ITS MISSION: IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

At the crossroads of industrial engineering and artificial intelligence, Industrial Engineering Center (CGI) directly connects research with the industrial world, providing companies with solutions plus a a high level of maturity that are operationally viable.
A look back at CGI’s performance activities in 2021.

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2

research and innovation
platforms

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44

A-ranking
publications

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60

staff
including 29 doctoral students

CLÉMENT ADER-ALBI INSTITUTE

A center focused on industry 4.0 and sustainability

In 2021, Institut Clément Ader (ICA), particularly the Albi site (ICA-Albi), drew on its expertise in materials and process mechanics to initiate a thematic focus to address the major societal challenges of sustainable engineering, including the transition to low-carbon transport and quality control, which are among the challenges of industry 4.0. Twelve new thesis subjects were launched on these topics and €1.550 million in investments were mobilized

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1

research and innovation
platform

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38

A-ranking
publications

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65

staff members
including 26 doctoral students

RAPSODEE

UMR CNRS 5302

This year, the RAPSODEE Center (UMR CNRS 5302) forged numerous partnerships and chairs with several laboratories and companies. This resulted from a strong commitment to expanding and strengthening its areas of application.

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2

research and innovation
platforms

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40

A-ranking
publications

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102

staff members
including 39 doctoral students

EVENTS 2021

Audrey Loridan-Baudrier, new Assistant Director

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Renewal of the ERASMUS+ Charter

The European Commission renewed the Erasmus+ charter for IMT Mines Albi with the maximum score of 100/100.

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Bruno Le Maire’s visit

IMT Mines Albi was honored to welcome Mr. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery for a time of privileged exchanges with engineering students.

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Signing of the Deep Turtle joint laboratory

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Signing of the DECADOM joint laboratory

Institut Clément Ader of IMT Mines Albi and DIOTA accelerate the 4.0 inspection of industrial parts with the creation of the DECADOM joint laboratory.

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2nd edition of Sustainable Development Week [100% virtual]

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The technological incubator integrates the French Tech Toulouse network.

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Call SAMU project: collaboration between CGI and Nantes University Hospital

The Industrial Engineering Center of IMT Mines Albi worked with the call centers for SAMU emergency services in Pays de la Loire in order to optimize patient care.

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Students from the I2D organization win the Ecocampus Sustainable Development competition

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Destination Moon for Institut Clément Ader-Albi

Institut Clément Ader-Albi, the IMT Mines Albi site of the ICA UMR CNRS 5312, is participating in and contributing to the Spaceship France project, which aims to create a future lunar base.

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8th edition of WasteEng [100% virtual]

Created in 2005 by Ange Nzihou, Professor at the RAPSODEE Center (UMR CNRS 5302), the international WasteEng conference brought together the top world experts in the field of biomass and waste recovery.

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Scientific Day: Supercritical fluids, challenges and perspectives

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IMT Mines Albi, Fondation Mines-Télécom and Enedis renew their commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunities

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IMT Mines Albi makes the top 10 for French universities in the 2021 Round University Ranking

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Official signing of the ACDC joint laboratory

The Industrial Engineering Center and Elioz are working together to strengthen the performance and quality of service at interpretation centers for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Start of the 30th school year

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1st edition of the “Déploiement d’Elles” Weekend

An initiative of IMT Mines Albi and IMT Mines Alès schools to promote female student entrepreneurs

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Ange Nzihou boards the Recovery train

Ange Nzihou, professor at the RAPSODEE Center (UMR CNRS 5302), spoke at the Toulouse stop of the Recovery Train on the theme of renewable energy in connection with mobility in Occitanie.

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8th European Researchers’ Night

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SKEP wins the Prix Pépite award organized by the Occitanie region

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tour de France

As a partner of the Sustainable Development Goals Tour de France, IMT Mines Albi hosted the Tour de France leg in Occitanie.

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Fête de la Science (Science Festival)

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Renewal of the Pierre Fabre Chair: Agile Supply Chain

The program aims to develop an innovative tool to support strategic decisions including the selection of suppliers, technological choices, capacity sizing for a supply chain in a very uncertain and disrupted environment.

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Hopper reaches new heights

Hopper, an incubated start-up at IMT Mines Albi with strong values won the "Révélation" award at the 2021 Sportup Summit competition and the "Talents" Award for the Engineering of the Future competition (Prix de l'ingénierie du Futur).

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16th edition of the Business Forum

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Ange Nzihou, professor at IMT Mines Albi, guest speaker at the conference organized by the prestigious Nature journal

Ange Nzihou, a professor at the IMT Mines Albi RAPSODEE Center (UMR CNRS 5302) presented alongside world experts from world renowned American, European and Asian universities and academic institutions during the Nature conference.

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Antoine Petit’s visit, CEO of CNRS

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Official signing of the SOLUTEC joint laboratory

The RAPSODEE Center (UMR CNRS 5302) helps Eco-Tech Ceram fight residual heat waste from industrial processes.

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5th edition of International Week

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Double Graduation Ceremony for 2020 and 2021

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3D Aerospace, start-up winner of the Bercy-IMT Innovation Awards

Benjamin Kawak, IMT Mines Albi alumni whose start-up is currently incubated at the IMT Mines Albi technological incubator won first prize at the Bercy-IMT Innovation Awards with his start-up 3D Aerospace.

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Lionel Luquin, New Director of IMT Mines Albi

“I am proud to take on a new challenge at IMT Mines Albi, an Institut Mines Télécom school with many assets.”

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Junglo wins the digital start-up Trophy organized by IMT Starter

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Florence Fouquet, new Chair of the School Board

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Renewal of the ISO:9001 certification

Since March 2020, IMT Mines Albi has been ISO 9001:2015 certified. The school successfully renewed its certification without any non-compliance.

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