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Facts and figures

Founded in 1920, Institut d’Optique Graduate School is a Grande École of Engineering and a founding member of ParisTech. Its international reputation is built on the quality of the education it offers, the major scientific contributions of its research centre, and its close ties with industry.

Institut d’Optique Graduate School is an institution of higher education and research located on two campuses in Palaiseau and Saint-Etienne. A third campus will be opened in Bordeaux by 2012.

Institut d’Optique Graduate School is recognised under French law as being of public utility and is under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

A top-ranking school of engineering

Institut d’Optique Graduate School is a Grande École of Engineering whose graduates go on to careers in all fields, from upstream research and marketing, to development, strategic marketing and industrial production.

An internationally-renowned laboratory

Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l’Institut d’Optique is a state-of-the-art laboratory at Institut d’Optique Graduate School. Renowned the world over, it provides hands-on training in upstream and downstream research in all fields of optics, from the most basic (quantum optics) to the most applied (specific optical components).

Close ties with industry

Institut d’Optique Graduate School has developed ties with industry for a number of decades. These ties are generally established through collaborative projects, such as theses, carried out in laboratories. They are strengthened by the school’s Corporate Relations and Promotions Department, which is staffed by its own engineering experts who act quickly to reply to the needs and demands of the industrial sector within the times and constraints it typically requires.

Optics is rapidly expanding from industries in which it has long held a central role (lens manufacturing, electronics, communications, energies and aerospace, to name a few) to new sectors such as automobiles, food (safety and traceability), biotechnology and healthcare (medical imagery, diagnostic testing, automated analyses) where it plays an innovative role within complex systems. From mobile phone cameras and industrial image processing, to optical sensors in domotics and more, optical technologies can be found in hundreds of everyday objects that look simple on the outside yet are complex on the inside.
Optics is finding more and more applications in environmental protection (testing and treatment of water, air and waste) and its impact on society is growing.

In 2006, Institut d’Optique Graduate School received the Institut Carnot label from the Ministry for Higher Education and Research in recognition of the quality of its partnership research.


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