The COVID-19 health crisis has confirmed the resilience of the INSA model, which seeks to build a community around its core values: solidarity, embracing diversity, and academic excellence. We will sustain the extensive commitments we have made, with the determination to fundamentally transform the educational offer and the training-research synergy centered on unifying societal challenges. This challenge can only be met with a renewed, hands-on support from the State that allows for greater institutional autonomy.
The year 2020 has consolidated our transformation ambitions (ecological, digital and social) which will involve our engineering and doctoral programs, as well as our research and support services. This ambitious vision will be fueled by the INSA 2040 Prospective process–developed in tandem with all staff members, users and partners of INSA Toulouse–and will bring forth a concrete direction in the first half of 2021.
This past year has also led us to redefine the priorities and organization of our operations and activities. We must make important decisions, focusing our attention on the quality of working life and the quality of our educational and research model.
This will undoubtedly be a starting point for ushering a renewed vitality into the heart of the INSA Group and the Université Fédérale de Toulouse.
An institute of higher education and research
The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, a multidisciplinary and international engineering institute reputed for the excellence of its 5-year educational program, is represented by more than 17,000 alumni across all economic sectors. INSA Toulouse is also known for the quality of its research, which ranges from fundamental research to technology transfer and addresses the major societal issues of the 21st century.
- 539 engineering degree graduates
- 43 PhD graduates
- 50% of students living on campus
- €67.6M: INSA’s consolidated expenditures
- 681 staff members
Educating the engineers of tomorrow
In 2020, distance learning was extensively adopted and the quality of our educational efforts was preserved. The health crisis has ultimately revealed a strong and committed INSA model, which seeks to build a community around its core values: solidarity, embracing diversity, and academic excellence.
INSA Toulouse has multiplied its initiatives and scenarios in order to offer all French and international students the best possible educational formats and methods in accordance with the different programs, talent pools and their specificities.
Lifelong learning addresses the desire to promote and transfer institutional teaching and research activities. It is intended both for current members of the workforce and for job seekers who wish to resume their studies or obtain recognition for their acquired experience.
3,267 students enrolled
including 2,794 engineering students
37% female students
29% scholarship holders based on social criteria
23% international students
233 PhD students
From fundamental to applied research
INSA Toulouse nurtures a strong synergy between education and research, as well as successful and fruitful collaborations with socio-economic partners.
The scientific strategy encompasses 5 issues and aims to tackle the major scientific, technological, environmental and societal challenges.
Within each research unit and under the leadership of the scientific directors, science is produced on a daily basis by bringing together teachers and research staff with researchers and teacher-researchers from other universities of the Université Fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and from other research organizations.
The management of the institution’s research contracts is handled by an Industrial and Commercial Activities Department (SAIC) and by INSAVALOR, henceforth a subsidiary of INSA Lyon and INSA Toulouse.
5 societal issues
- Global health
- Digital societies
- Mobility and infrastructures
- Energy transition
- Environmental transition
8 research centers under supervision or under agreement
3 research support units
2 technology resource centers
2 research federations
International collaboration is a priority at INSA Toulouse. Knowledge of foreign cultures is both a personal asset for students and a necessity to tackle major economic and societal challenges.
A significant experience abroad of several months is mandatory for all students to successfully complete their engineering degree (academic stay or internship). On campus, one out of every five students is foreign.
INSA Toulouse educates engineers capable of sharing their scientific and technical knowledge and skills in an international and intercultural context, whether in France or abroad.
In 2020, due to the global health crisis, the internationalization of students had to be entirely reassessed.
815 minimum TOEIC score (B2+ level) for engineering students
218 university partners in about 50 countries, including 32 with double degree agreements
23% foreign students
20% of engineering graduates in 2020 are international students
13% of graduates got their 1st job in a foreign country
In synergy with the socio-economic world
INSA Toulouse has positioned its relationship building with companies at the heart of its strategy. The Institute has forged strong historical links with companies through collaboration in training, recruitment or R&D projects carried out with its laboratories.
The involvement of companies in the training of talented engineers is key to their success. The Corporate Relations Department organizes, supports and facilitates these dynamics. To this end, it relies on the INSA Toulouse Foundation, which has become a social responsibility vehicle for its partners.
Corporate and individual sponsorships enable the development of innovative and ambitious projects for the engineering students of INSA Toulouse.
A minimum of 36 weeks’ internship
– 44 weeks on average –
20% of courses taught by industry professionals
€640,892: Amount of the apprenticeship tax raised from 431 companies
INSA Toulouse Foundation in 2020
Community-backed professional integration
Since its creation, INSA Toulouse has forged close links with companies in the fields of research and education, remaining widely open to the economic world.
The year 2020 will undoubtedly be a special one for our graduates, who have also been affected by the health crisis.
The Alumni Association launched several actions during the course of the year to help alumni and students better cope with this difficult period.
Top 5 fields of professional activity in companies
- Consulting, design and engineering
- Computer science and information services
- Construction and public works
- Automotive, aeronautical, shipbuilding and railways industries
- Finance and insurance activities
Gross salary (including bonuses)
€37,600 / year
of graduates found a job less than 6 months after graduation
of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their 1st job
Study and create a business
INSA Toulouse fosters its students’ creativity to innovate and undertake entrepreneurial projects.
The institution wishes to stimulate the enthusiasm of INSA engineering and PhD students for entrepreneurship, from raising awareness to giving expert advice, all along the five years of study.
17 students were granted the SNEE (National Student Entrepreneur Status) including 3 students enrolled in D2E (Student Entrepreneur Degree) and 1 student hosted at the Pepite-STARTER (Pepite ECRIN accelerator)
2 students obtained their D2E (Student Entrepreneur Degree) delivered by the Université de Toulouse
3 5th year students attended IoT Valley’s Entrepreneurial Start-up Support Program (Do It Ocracy) in 2019-20; 2 new enrollees in 2020-21
Ilya is developing a cyclic shower to minimize the environmental impact of daily routines by reducing water and energy consumption of each shower (90% and 80%, respectively).
Campus and student life
For the well-being of the whole community, INSA Toulouse is renovating its campus, where student initiatives abound.
The campus of INSA Toulouse features a “learning center” library, sports facilities, restaurants and dormitories, student association spaces, activity and event venues, and other services for the university community.
In 2020, Amicale des Élèves and INSA Toulouse have improved the daily support given to students through the introduction of workshops, video conferences and online events, seeking to reinforce the social fabric.
INSA has drawn on its social aid fund (financed by the CVEC) to provide assistance to students in financial difficulty or with limited digital resources.
A campus of nearly 22 ha
1,636 dorm rooms
75 student clubs
La vie du campus en images
An evolving group
The INSA Group–chaired by Bertrand Raquet–comprises 7 schools in France, an international INSA in Morocco, and 6 partner schools. Each INSA is a public education and research institution that relies on a three-dimensional development approach: at the local level through its site, at the national level through the INSA Group, and at the international and European level through the ECIU University.
In a world in transition driven by increasing complexity, the INSA Group reasserts its commitment to promote an inclusive model where science, technology and humanities blend together, are better shared, and serve a less fragmented society and a healthier economy in environmentally preserved territories. The INSA Group undoubtedly faces both strategic and international challenges.
96,078 INSA engineers all over the world
17,251 engineering students
3,078 engineering graduates
32 landscape architect
1,250 PhD students
54 research laboratories
76 engineering departments
University of Toulouse
The Université Fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées is an organization that brings together 31 higher education and research institutions from the Academy of Toulouse.
Its mission is two-fold: to work with its members to promote the influence of the university as a whole and place it at the highest academic and scientific levels internationally, and to foster the hosting and life conditions of its French and foreign students and researchers.
31 member institutions, including
23 higher education institutions,
1 university hospital, 7 research institutes
145 research laboratories in interdisciplinary fields
17,000 staff members
More than 100,000 students
32,000 graduates each year
Partnership with the IRT Saint Exupéry for the integration of the DEEL (Dependable and Explainable Learning) project