Key figures and rankings


  • Established in 1857, located at Ecully since 1967, holding the title of an Établissement Public à Caractère Scientifique, Culturel et Professionnel (EPCSCP).
  • Campus spanning 16.2 hectares, 56,600 m2 of which 23,000 m2 is devoted to research and  6,800 m2 of which is dedicated to teaching spaces. The remainder is devoted to administrative purposes and sporting facilities.
  • Consolidated budget of 45 M€.
  • 1,468 students, of which 25% are international students, comprising  43 nationalities.
  • 2 student residence halls (capacity of 643 students), 1 university cafeteria, 30 sports on offer
  • Membership of the CTI, the AERES and the CGE.

Academic programs

  • 1 generalist engineering curriculum  (1,205 students, 329 graduates each year)
  • 6 teaching and research departments
    • Communication, Languages, Business Studies, Sport (CLES)
    • Fluid Mechanics, Acoustics, Energy (MFAE)
    • Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering (MSGMGC)
    • Mathematics, Computing and Information Technology (MI)
    • Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering (EEA)
    • Materials and Surfaces Sciences  (STMS)
  • 4 Doctorate Faculties comprising 223 Doctorate candidates (46 Doctorate candidates supported by the School in 2011)
  • 1 specialist engineering curriculum in Energy, with a major offered in Facility Design
  • 13 supervised Master's Programs, with 22 specialisations
  • 1 Program in I.D.E.A. in conjunction with EMLYON Business School (31 students in 1st year in 2012)

Research and development

  • 6 Joint Research Units (UMR) which are part of the CNRS:
    • The Ampère Laboratory (electrical engineering, electromagnetism, control systems, environmental microbiology)
    • ICJ - Camille Jordan Institute (mathematics)
    • LTDS - Laboratory of Tribology and Systems Dynamics
    • LMFA - Laboratory of Fluid Transfer and Acoustics
    • INL - Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology
    • LIRIS - Computer Science Laboratory for Image Processing and Information Systems
  • 4 Associated International Laboratories (LIA):
    • LIA CPN, Center for Photonics and Nanostructures, in Seoul - Corea
    • LIA ElyT, Engineering and science Lyon Tohoku, in Tohoku - Japan
    • LIA 2MCSI, Mechanics, Materials, Information sciences and Control, in Beihang - China
    • LIA Maxwell, in Sao Paulo - Brazil
  • 1 International Joint Research Unit in Nanosystems and Nanotechnology in Sherbrooke - Québec
  • 3 Equipements of Excellence (EQUIPEX):
    • IVTV, Engineering and aging of living tissues, managed by LTDS in Centrale Lyon
    • PHARE, managed by LTDS in Centrale Lyon
    • MANUTECH, Manufacture of technologies, managed by ENISE:
  • 6 LABEX (Laboratoires d’Excellence) :
    • CeLyA, acoustics, managed by Centrale Lyon: acoustics
    • SISE, Ingénierie des Surfaces et Interfaces: engineering of surfaces and interfaces
    • IMUST, Sciences et Technologies Multi-échelles: multiple scale science and technology
    • MILYON, sciences du numérique: analog sciences
    • IMU, Intelligence des mondes Urbains: urban world intelligence
    • PRIMES (Physique Radiobiologie Imagerie MEdicale et Simulation): Medical imagery and simulation of physics and radiobiology
  • 1 IEED (Institut d’Excellence en Énergies Décarbonnées) : SuperGrid - future electric transport network
  • 1 development offshoot of Centrale Innovation (C-Innov, CA 2011 : 4,5 M €) shared with Centrale Nantes and Centrale Marseille ; Member of the  Carnot Institute (Ingénierie@Lyon)
  • Member of 6 competitiveness clusters : LUTB, AXELERA, ASTECH, TECHTERA, SYSTEMATIC, IMAGINOV
  • 225 publications per year in international reviews (statistics from 2011)
  • 2 Chairs of Research Excellence  Centrale Lyon-CNRS in tribology and in fluid mechanics

International relations

  • 307 international students enrolled in various programs, of which 227 are enrolled in the generalist engineering program
  • 130 international agreements of which 54 are double degree agreements
  • 30% of teaching staff and of international researchers
  • Member of the TIME network

Academic and industrial networks and partnerships

  • Founding member of the COMUE-Université de Lyon-Saint-Étienne
  • Member of the CPU (Conférence des Présidents d’Universités)
  • Member of the CDEFI (Conférence des Directeurs des Écoles Françaises d’Ingénieurs)
  • Member of the CGE (Conférence des Grandes Écoles)
  • Member of the AGERA (Alliance des Grandes Écoles de Rhône-Alpes),  Curie Network
  • Founding Member of the Ecoles Centrales Group  (GEC)
  • Founding Member of the Centrale LYON-EMLYON Alliance

Human Resources

  • 142 teaching staff, of which 24% are University Professors, 53% Associate Professors, 17% secondary school teachers
  • 49  CNRS researchers of which 50% are Research Directors, 50%  Research Coordinators
  • 135 research staff members under contract, of which 117 are self-funded
  • 146 administrative staff, technical staff, library staff, service staff and health staff
  • 145 external stakeholders