Paris, September 16th, 2019 - The creation of the new National Institute of Applied Sciences, INSA Hauts-de-France, a component establishment of the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, consolidates the presence of the INSA Group in the territories.

On September 10, the decree creating a seventh INSA on the national territory, in Valenciennes, was published in the French Journal Officiel.

INSA Hauts-de-France is a component establishment of the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, a new experimental establishment. It is the result of the merger of the Institut des Sciences et techniques de Valenciennes (ISTV), the École nationale supérieure d’ingénieurs en informatique, automatique, mécanique, énergétique et électronique (ENSIAME, INSA Group associated school ) and the Faculté des sciences et métiers du sport (FSMS).

This new INSA is also the culmination of a site policy, which combines the strengths of an engineering school guarantor of the INSA model and the multidisciplinary power of a university.

For the President of the UPHF, Abdelhakim Artiba: “It is the fruit of a collective work, in good understanding, both internally, with the INSA Group and with our supervisory authorities. The experimental establishment Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France is opening up a new avenue promoting synergies between Art schools, university training in Humanities and Science and Technology, and an INSA. It is therefore a strong INSA model within an innovative Polytechnic University model, and we are willing to share this experience with other sites. "

The INSA Group is also strategically strengthening its geographic positioning in the North of France and providing its network of schools and partners with complementary disciplinary fields.

“For the INSA Group, the creation of a new INSA is a strong act, the deployment of a unique and recognized model, in line with the requirements and expectations of a changing world. A new INSA consists of new training courses for scientific executives, humanist engineers, and technological innovations, at the service of a region and as close as possible to socio-economic and industrial needs. On the Valenciennes site, all the strengths and expertise were already in place to lead to INSA Hauts-de-France ”, rejoices Bertrand Raquet, President of the INSA Group.

This transformation is based on a long process of modeling collaborations between the INSA Group and ENSIAME, an INSA associated school since June 2013 and covering many areas: education, international relations, research and innovation, equal opportunities, etc.

INSA Hauts-de-France, like all the Institutes of the INSA Group:

  • presents a strong symbiosis between research, training, innovation and international relations;
  • weaves and maintains links with its socio-economic and industrial environment.

This new INSA shares the founding values ​​of the INSA model: diversity, humanism, openness to the world ... Its main mission will be to guarantee, project and enhance the INSA model on three of its foundations: the social dimension, the reflective attitude and the creative attitude of the trained engineers.

The publication of the decree creating INSA Hauts-de-France marks the start of the transition, which will be effective from January the 1st, 2020.

For 2019-2020 school year, INSA Hauts-de-France has 1,000 engineering students in 7 specializations. By 2024, it should have 1,800 engineering students with a target of 400 graduates per year, including nearly a hundred in apprenticeship.

Ultimately, it will offer twelve specialties in the fields of mechanics, automation, computer science, electronics and the sciences and humanities for engineers.

INSA Hauts-de-France specializations

The authorized training courses (from 2019 and 2020) leading to an engineering diploma through a five-year training course, are broken down into 9 specializations (engineering titles):

6 for initial training under student status (FISE):


  • Mechanical and Energetic Specialization (ME) *,
  • Mechatronics (MT) * specialization,
  •  Industrial Engineering specialization (GI) *
  • Civil Engineering and Building specialization (GCB) **,
  • Computer Science and Cybersecurity (ICy) **,
  • Industrial and Automatic Computer Science (IIA) **.

4 others for initial training under apprenticeship status (FISA):


  • Industrial Engineering specialization(GI) *, ***,
  • Electrical Engineering and Industrial Computing specialization(GEII) *, ***,
  • Mechanical Engineering (GM) specialization
  • Computer Science (I) specialization.
  • *: engineering specializations for which ENSIAME is currently accredited by the CTI.

**: accreditation 2020

***: in partnership with the Institute of Engineering Techniques for Industry (ITII) Nord-Pas de Calais

About the INSA Group


  • 6 establishments in France: Centre-Val de Loire, Lyon, Rennes, Rouen Normandie, Strasbourg, Toulouse (+ 1 in the process of creation: INSA Hauts-de- France, resulting from the transformation of ENSIAME in Valenciennes, associated school)
  • 1 establishment in Morocco: INSA Euro-Méditerranée in Fez.
  • 6 associated schools: ENSCMu in Mulhouse, ENSIL-ENSCI in Limoges, ENSISA in Mulhouse, ESITech in Rouen, ISIS in Castres, Sup'EnR-UPVD in Perpignan.
  • 16,852 students
  • 33% scholarship recipients
  • 31% of girls
  • 20% of international students
  • 125 different nationalities
  • 200 university partners around the world
  • 55 research laboratories
  • 1,275 doctoral students
  • 89,300 alumni

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Véronique Desruelles, communications director: 06 80 58 47 72