IFP School

Institute of French Petroleum (IFP)
École nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs

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Former names
Type French Graduate School
Established 1954
Dean Philippe Pinchon
Students 611 (2008)
Postgraduates 500/year
Location Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France, France
Campus Suburban
Website ifp-school.com

The IFP School (French: 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, French Institute of Petroleum (IFP), 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 Industry.

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, Philippe Pinchon, is responsible for the governance of the school. An advisory board, made up of leading names from 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.[6]


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(1):

Representing industry

- Rémi Bastien, Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineering, Renault - Guillaume Devauchelle, R&D Director, Valeo - Philip Jordan, Recruitment Director, Total - Philippe Marcus, Deputy Vice-President, Exploration-Production, Gaz de France - Pedro Miro Roig, Technology Director, Cepsa - Thierry Parmentier, Human Resources Director, Technip - Olivier Perret, Vice-President, Senior Vice President, E&P (Deputy), GDF Suez - Jean-Baptiste Renard, Vice-President, Europe, BP Group - Arnd Wilhelms, Vice-President, Reservoir Geology and Geophysics, Statoil Hydro

Representing higher education and research

- Alain Bravo, Managing Director, Supelec - Benjamin Calvo Pérez, Director of the Higher School of Mining Technologies of Madrid - Bernard Leduc, Professor at the Université Libre of Brussels - Alain Storck, Director of INSA (Institut national des sciences appliquées) of Lyon

Representing alumni

- Claude Chavanne, Responsible of Safety, Arkema - Francis Duseux, Chairman and CEO, Esso SAF - Isabelle Gaildraud, Human Resources Director, Total E&P - Patrice Marez, Head of the Design, Systems, Powertrain and Transmission entity at PSA Peugeot Citroën

(1) as of November 1, 2009

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.

Notable alumni

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.[9] IFP's campus is a 30 minute commute from central Paris by RER A, so much of the student life is centered there.


  1. "IFP School - Key Facts". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  2. "IFP School - History". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  3. "Advisory board of IFP School". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. 1 2 "IFP School - Organization". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  5. "IFP School". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  6. "IBA Recipients". Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  7. "Olivier BOUYGUES". TF1. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. http://www.nrg.com/company/about/our-management/mauricio-gutierrez/
  9. "IFP School - School Life". Retrieved 1 June 2010.

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