French Institute of Petroleum
École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs
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MottoL'école de l'innovation énergétique et de la mobilité durable
Motto in English
The school for energy innovation and sustainable mobility
TypeGrande école
DirectorChristine Travers
Postgraduates500 / year
55 / year
Location, ,
48°52′40″N 2°10′20″E / 48.8778°N 2.1722°E / 48.8778; 2.1722Coordinates: 48°52′40″N 2°10′20″E / 48.8778°N 2.1722°E / 48.8778; 2.1722
AffiliationsCGE - Conférence des Grandes Écoles

The IFP School (French: ENSPM - École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs) is a graduate engineering school located in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Founded in 1954, IFP School is part of the IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), a French public-sector research and training center. The school graduates approximately 600 students per year in 20 graduate programs (10 in English), employing 40 regular professors and 350 instructors from industry.[1]


While several institutions for oil and gas research and training existed in France since 1924, after the creation of IFP in 1944 these various institutions were folded into IFP and moved to the Rueil-Malmaison campus. The formal merger occurred in 1954, when by governmental decree the École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) was formed and associated with the Fuels Department of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

The school has evolved since its inception by creating the Center for Petroleum Economics (1963), expanding into graduate research degrees (1975), adding English language programs (1989), offering apprenticeship training (1996), and launching off-site degrees in critical energy regions around the world (2002).[2]


IFP School is located on the IFP Energies Nouvelles site in Rueil-Malmaison, 12.6 km (7.8 mi) from the center of Paris. The campus consists of an administrative building, the academic building (containing classrooms, computer labs, offices, a library), a cafeteria, and a dormitory (132 apartments).

Off-site degree programs are also offered in Algeria, Nigeria, Malaysia, Russia and Venezuela, through partnerships with local universities and industrial sponsors.

Organization and administration

The Dean, Christine Travers, is responsible for the governance of the school. An advisory board, made up of leading names from the industry, alumni, research and higher education, provides assistance towards the overall direction of the school.[3] Research and academics are divided into four centers, with Management and Administration considered a separate department.[4] The centers are:

Each center is staffed by a director, program coordinators, and academic staff.


IFP School primarily provides graduate training programs to both young engineers and industry professionals. Research masters and doctoral theses can be prepared in IFP's laboratories in all fields related to oil, gas, new energy technologies or engines. Approximately 50% of the student body is from outside France, and with 80% of students receiving scholarships or corporate sponsorship, IFP claims a 99% employment rate of graduating students.[5] Notable degrees, organized by center, include:[4]

Center for Economics and Management

Center for Exploration-Production

Center for IC Engines and Hydrocarbon Utilizations

Center for Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas

In 2010, a team of five students from the IFP School "Petroleum Geosciences" program (made up of geologists and geophysicists of the 2010 class) won the Imperial Barrel Award, a worldwide competition sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.[7]


The school's advisory and steering boards include representatives from the industry, to ensure that the main priorities taken by the School are in keeping with industry's expectations and needs.

The advisory board examines and approves the school's main strategic priorities. It consists of the following members:

Representing industry

Representing higher education and research

Representing alumni

In addition, for each training program, IFP School is advised by a steering committee consisting of experts from the relevant industry, to decide on changes to be made to the program’s objectives and content and to the graduates' profiles.

Student life

Various activities outside of the classroom are organized at IFP School, centered around language courses, the Business Skills Center, and several Cultural and athletic associations.[8] IFP's campus is a 30-minute commute from central Paris by RER A, so much of the student life is centered there.

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ "IFP School - History". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Advisory board of IFP School". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. ^ a b "IFP School - Organization". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  5. ^ "IFP School". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  6. ^ Petroleum Economics and Management
  7. ^ "IBA Recipients". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  8. ^ "IFP School - School Life". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Olivier BOUYGUES". TF1. Retrieved 21 February 2015.