The École des Ponts ParisTech Library was created at the end of the 18th century from donations by the School’s first directors or inspectors.
École des Ponts ParisTech provides a very high-level education in general engineering.
The Graduate School, underpinned by the excellence of its 12 research labs, develops Masters and PhD programs in mechanical and civil engineering, materials sciences, nuclear engineering, mathematics, information technology, environmental sciences, urban planning, transportation, economics, and sociology.
Through its subsidiaries or in its own right, it develops initial education and lifelong learning that are closely connected with different sectors of the economy.
It is therefore a key player in lifelong learning for senior executives in its prime disciplines.
The purpose of the strategy, jointly developed with the laboratories and coordinated by the Research Directorate, is to structure interdisciplinary research by tackling four socio-economic challenges identified as strategic for Research at the School:
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Between 350 and 400 students, half of them from abroad, are housed each year through the agreements between École des Ponts ParisTech and partner residences. All first and second year engineering students who want to are housed on the campus in one of the School's partner student residences. Third-year engineering students and students in other subjects have accommodation options at the Maison des Mines et des Ponts and on the campus. It is also possible to arrange your own accommodation in residences run by the CROUS (Centre régionale des oeuvres universitaires et sociales, a public body particularly involved in running student accommodation), in private student residences or with private landlords.
Apart from its main premises on the Descartes Campus, École des Ponts ParisTech is present on other sites.
École des Ponts ParisTech is based at Champs-sur-Marne, on the Cité Descartes campus which is the largest higher education and research hub in eastern Paris.
In Paris, Maison des Ponts is home to several entities linked with the School, such as Ponts Alliance (the alumni association) and also Ponts Formations Conseil, which covers all the lifelong learning activities.
Finally, other sites in the Paris region house several laboratories linked with the School, such as CIRED, LHSV and PjSE.
The School has spotlit tennis courts, a basketball/volleyball pitch, two astroturf urban soccer pitches, and a workout and dance room. Nearby is an astroturf soccer/rugby stadium, a grass rugby stadium and a gymnasium (dance hall, gymnastics room, team sports, badminton court).
All these facilities make day-to-day sports activity a possibility. Other sports are also available nearby or 15 minutes away by car (the Sports Bureau has three minibus shuttles: swimming, rowing, golf, tennis, rock-climbing, and many others.
A rich array of student associations and high quality sports facilities offers students at École des Ponts ParisTech a vibrant campus life just 20 minutes from the heart of Paris on the RER A express railroad. With some 15 associations and the Student Office’s various clubs, the School is a hub of dynamic student life.
The goal of these associations is to generate a dynamic between students, to coordinate leisure or sports activities, to represent students in dealings of with the administration, and also to contribute to the social scene within the School's geographical and cultural environment.