Embracing transformation

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.

Bertrand Raquet

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.

Key figures

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

Key figures

8 research centers under supervision or under agreement

3 research support units

2 technology resource centers

2 research federations

Rethinking internationalization

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.

Key figures

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.

Key figures

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

Key figures

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.

Key figures

17 students were granted the SNEE (National Student Entrepreneur Status) includingstudents 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

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.

Key figures

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.

Key figures

96,078 INSA engineers all over the world

17,251 engineering students

3,078 engineering graduates

44 architects

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.

Key figures

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