First IMT Atlantique graduation ceremony

On April 1, 2022, IMT Atlantique will celebrate nearly 500 graduates, including the school's first graduating class of general engineers, under the IMT Atlantique degree program begun in 2017. Also honored in the ceremony celebrating the class of 2021 will be Specialized Engineers, Specialized Masters, Masters of Science and Doctors. Under the patronage of Stefan Kanis, CEO of Orange Cloud for Business, more than 1000 people are expected to be in attendance at the ceremony.

First graduation at IMT Atlantique

"It is a great honor to be the sponsor of the Class of 2021. This day will mark for all these young graduates the culmination of a career path, of rigorous and hard work. I would like to congratulate the executive officers on the remarkable development of this institution, which stands out in national and international rankings as a top-ranking technological university," said Stéphane Kanis, CEO of Orange Cloud Business and member of the Orange Comex, sponsor of the Class of 2021.

A very involved sponsor

Stefan Kanis parrain promo 2021

CEO of Orange Cloud Business and member of the Orange Comex, Stéphane Kanis has spoken to IMT Atlantique students on several occasions to share his experience, notably on the subjects of leadership, crisis management and intercultural management.

This sponsorship is part of a privileged partnership between IMT Atlantique and the Orange Group in the fields of education, innovation and research. Orange participates in the program committees and apprenticeship juries at IMT Atlantique and is one of the Top 3 employers of young talents graduating from the institution.  As a member of the Maintien à Domicile Chaire (M@D, a French research consortium focusing on Homecare options), Orange is also involved with several of the 40 start-ups hosted by the IMT Atlantique incubator.

IMT Atlantique engineering graduates are eagerly awaited on the job market

The profile of the IMT Atlantique generalist engineer is built to match as closely as possible the expectations of companies, which are stakeholders in the creation of the program. Trained to deal with transitions and their challenges, IMT Atlantique engineers are agile, responsible and prepared to face future challenges, deal with complex problems and understand increasingly interconnected systems. These are assets that 271 of them will now be able to put to use in the service of companies in France and abroad!  Young engineers in the apprenticeship program now benefit from a minimum 9-week experience abroad. This means that 78 specialized engineers are graduating, already well established in companies and having international experience.

International experts and specialized professionals

IMT Atlantique will also be graduating 50 international Masters of Science students. Despite the constraints linked to the pandemic situation, the school's expertise continues to attract students from all over the world in key areas such as Process Engineering, Production Management and Data Science. Another 35 students will receive their Specialized Master's degrees.  These programs are designed to train engineers who are continuing their studies and professionals who want to move on to other fields. Focused on a specific theme (cybersecurity, business intelligence, DevOps, etc.), the one-year Specialized Master's program culminates in a professional thesis.

Young researchers trained with the support and expertise of 250 instructors

In 2021, 59 students defended their PhD thesis, with an additional nearly 300 IMT Atlantique PhD students continuing their studies. The institution offers nearly 30 doctoral specialties covered by the accreditation of its 5 regional doctoral schools (écoles doctorales).

IMT Atlantique among the best technological universities in France and abroad

Ranked 5th in the 2022 ranking of engineering schools by L'Etudiant, IMT Atlantique is also ranked among the top 400 universities in the world in THE World University Ranking 2022 and 44th in the world for universities that are less than 50 years old. IMT Atlantique offers a multi-disciplinary generalist engineering program, focused on the major challenges of the 21st century: digital transformation, energy transition and environmental issues.

Published on 28.03.2022

by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT