AgroParisTech (officially Template:Lang-fr, or Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences) was founded on January 1, 2007, by the merger of three graduate institutes of science and engineering:
- Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon (INA P-G), founded in 1826
- École nationale du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts (ENGREF), established in 1964
- École nationale supérieure des industries agricoles et alimentaires (ENSIA), founded in 1893
AgroParisTech is a member of the UniverSud Paris and the Paris Institute of Technology (or Paris Tech). The latter is a consortium of ten graduate institutes of science and engineering.
AgroParisTech is also part of 'The Life and Environmental Science and Technology Hub' of the Paris region, together with INRA, Cemagref, AFSSA, the Alfort National Veterinary School, and the Versailles National School of Landscape architecture.Template:Citation needed
AgroParisTech is organized into five departments
Agronomy, Forestry, Water and Environmental Science and Technology, Life Science and Health, Science and Engineering for Food and Bioproducts, Social science, Economics and Management, Modeling: Mathematics, Informatics and Physics
- 2,000 students,
- 450 Ph.D. students,
- 230 academic staff,
- 39 research laboratories,
- 300 researchers and
- 9 campuses (4 in Paris and the greater Paris area)
3 different Masters of Engineering (MEng):
- Food Science and Engineering
2 Masters of Science (MSc)
- 1 Master's program with 5 domains that cover most fields of Life Science and Technology
- One of 7 partner universities in the Master of Science in European Forestry program
A wide-ranging Ph.D. program 1 Post-Master degree for Management and Administration in environmental sciences and policies, proposed by ENGREF, a post-graduate institute of AgroParisTech. 9 Post-master professional certificates (one-year post graduate training)
One of the foremost "Grandes écoles"
The public higher education system in France includes universities and other institutions called the “Grandes Ecoles”. The “Grandes Ecoles” are the best rated pathways for higher education in Engineering and Management. The vast majority of the chief executives in major French companies and of top managers in the French Administration are graduates from the “Grandes Ecoles”.
The features are:
- A very selective admission process through which students are either admitted by a nationwide entrance exam (notably after two or three years of “prépas”) or by the virtue of excellent academic records;
- 5 years (Master’s degrees) to 8 years (PhD and post-Master’s degrees) of higher education;
- The degree course at the “Grandes Ecoles” includes compulsory internships in laboratories and companies, in France or abroad
- The prestige of the “Grandes Ecoles” and contacts with major enterprises provide an easy access to the job market.
- French National School of Forestry