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École centrale de Marseille

Ecole Centrale de Marseille
Established 1890
Type Public, Graduate engineering
Location Marseille, France
Affiliations Centrale Graduate School

The École centrale de Marseille is a leading graduate school of engineering (or Grande école of engineering) located in Marseille, the second largest city in France. The École centrale de Marseille was created in 2006 by the merging of different previous institutions and has its origins from the École d'ingénieurs de Marseille founded in 1890. It is one of the Centrale Graduate Schools (Paris, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Marseille and Beijing) and a member of the TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) network.


  • Academic profile 1
    • Exchange programs 1.1
    • Research 1.2
    • Rankings 1.3
  • Alumni 2
    • Notable alumni 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Academic profile

The Ecole Centrale de Marseille is a multidisciplinary school, where the great majority of the students have endured two or three years of intensive maths and physics training (known as prepa). The students do not have any particular major before the last year (Master's level), during which they have to choose among a few electives:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Physics, optics and electrical engineering
  • Business Administration and Finance
  • Mathematics and computer science

The students can also complete their last year in one of the other Centrale Graduate Schools or be part of an exchange program.

There are three-years PhD programs available in all the aforementioned domains of research (the students are required to have completed a Master's program).

Exchange programs

Being a part of the TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) network, the school has exchange program with many universities across the world, among them TU Munchen (Germany), Cranfield University (UK), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Penn State (USA), University of São Paulo (Brazil), University of Waterloo (Canada), Keio University (Japan) or University of Chile (Chile).


Eight research laboratories are under the joint leadership of Ecole Centrale Marseille and Aix-Marseille University :

  • Laboratory for Mechanics and Acoustics (LMA - Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique)
  • Institut Fresnel (Optics, Photonics and Signal Processing)
  • Institute of Research on Non Equilibrium Phenomena (IRPHE - Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Équilibre)
  • Institute of Molecular Sciences of Marseille (iSm2 - Institut des sciences moléculaires de Marseille)
  • Mechanics, Modelling and Clean Processes (M2P2 - Mécanique Modélisation et Procédés Propres)
  • Research Group in Quantitative Economics of Aix-Marseille (GREQAM - Groupe de Recherche en Économie Quantitative)
  • Laboratory of Analysis, Topology, and Probability (LATP - Laboratoire d’Analyse, Topologie, Probabilités)
  • Laboratory of Fundamental Computer Science (LIF - Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale)


Ecole Centrale de Marseille is ranked among the top 20[1] French Grandes Ecoles, though it doesn't appear in international rankings due to its very limited number of students (250 students for the class of 2016).


The alumni network is made of approximately 12,000 graduates.[2]

Notable alumni

  • Simon Méry, co-founder in 1899 of the French motor company Turcat-Méry
  • Alain Dutheil (1969), former COO at STMicroelectronics, former CEO at ST-Ericsson
  • Maurice Dijols (1974), President of Russia Operations at Schlumberger Limited
  • François Guibert (1978), CEO at STMicroelectronics Asia-Pacific
  • Hugues Souparis (1979), CEO and founder of Hologram Industries
  • Jean-René Cazeneuve (1982), COO at Bouygues Telecom Entreprises, former CEO Apple, Inc France
  • Pierre Bang (1983), Managing Director at Total E&P Cameroun
  • Laurent Demortier (1984), CEO and Managing Director of CG, former senior Vice-President Alstom Power
  • Pascal Barbolosi (1986), Vice-President Extreme Computing at Bull
  • Franck Lacroix (1986), Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the Energy Services division at Veolia Environnement, former CEO at Dalkia France
  • Junien Labrousse, Executive Vice-President, Products and President of Logitech Europe


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External links

  • Official website

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