Social Inclusivity and Widening Participation


In order to increase social diversity in its training courses, IMT Atlantique is committed to taking the following measures:

  • allowing learners with a Bachelor's degree (L3) or a Master's degree (M1) in science to enter the IMT Atlantique engineering programme in either the first or second year, depending on the university degree, and on the basis of their qualifications;
  • admission to the IMT Atlantique engineering apprenticeship programmes, after a two-year scientific qualification following the high university diploma;
  • various social scholarships and financial aid schemes, as well as exemption from the payment of tuition fees for scholarship students.

In addition, IMT Atlantique is involved in several schemes to promote and facilitate access to scientific studies, and in particular engineering studies. These schemes are aimed at primary, secondary, and high university students, but also - for some of them - at unemployed populations or for those who are not in the traditional education system.


The BRIO programme

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At the initiative of IMT Atlantique (Nantes campus), Audencia Business School, Centrale Nantes and Oniris, the BRIO equal opportunity scheme was set up to provide a local response to issues of diversity and access to knowledge for all.

The aim of the BRIO programme is to open up future opportunities for students from disadvantaged high universities. IMT Atlantique has been involved in this programme for several years. As part of the Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility project, one of the core units for students in the general engineering programme, first-year engineering students participate actively in this programme every year.

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Contact : Blanche Cahingt, technicienne, direction de la Formation et de la Vie scolaire - 02 51 85 83 44 -


"Tremplin numérique", a new path to employment

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The Tremplin Numérique course is a training programme, coordinated by IMT Atlantique and the association Les Petits Débrouillards Grand Ouest. It is open to all and aims to enable jobseekers to train for jobs in the digital sector in order to meet the needs of companies and facilitate their return to work.

The course is being developed as a continuation of the Digital Passport training programme with the "Grande école du numérique" accreditation, and which, in Brest, enabled 60 jobseekers to be trained between 2017 and 2019.

The aims of the course are:

  • to promote social inclusion by training unemployed people, those outside of the sphere of the traditional education system, people with few or no qualifications, and residents of the City's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, with a special focus on women;
  • to transmit skills and a solid technical foundation focused on technology to meet the needs of businesses;
  • to build confidence in order to be able to respond to the emerging needs and professions of the digital sector;
  • to develop a network of professionals.

This training programme has been rolled out in Brest, Rennes and Rostrenen. Teacher-researchers and student engineers from IMT Atlantique (Brest and Rennes campuses) are part of the team training up to 60 jobseekers.

The training course is financed by the Brittany region, the European Solidarity Fund and has evolved as a  response to the State's call for "100% inclusion" projects (link in French) launched in June 2018.

Trainees receive a certificate of competence at the end of their training course.

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Contact : Mathilde Menoret, Ingénieure recherche et développement, direction de la Formation et de la Vie scolaire / Telefab - 02 29 00 10 52


"Fête de la Science" Science festival

The university also participates in several European and national events for the popularisation of science which, in their own way, contribute to social inclusion. Indeed, at the "Fête de la science", young people can discover science through fun activities, as well as having the opportunity to speak to real-life scientists about their professions and how to access them.

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Every year in October, IMT Atlantique takes part in the Fête de la science, a national event that takes place locally and offers free events for schoolchildren and the general public.

In Brest, the event is coordinated by Océanopolis aquarium. The "Science Village" is held at Le Quartz national theatre and attracts some 4,000 schoolchildren from schools in the Brest area every year.

In Nantes, the "Science Village" is held at the seat of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council.

This is an opportunity for IMT Atlantique to meet with the general public and introduce activities based on robotics, the Arduino, Fablab tools, an infrared thermal camera, etc.

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Researchers' Night

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The Europe-wide Researchers' Night is an annual nocturnal event that takes place in more than 200 cities in Europe, including 13 cities in France. It has become an event not to be missed in the scientific cultural calendar.

In Brest, the event is coordinated by Océanopolis aquarium. It takes place on the Océanopolis site itself which, for the occasion, opens its doors free of charge and attracts more than 5,000 visitors each year. Every year, teacher-researchers and students from IMT Atlantique take part in the event and present various activities to the public (3D printer, artificial intelligence, nano-optics, etc.).

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