Organization:Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées

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Short description: French aerospace engineering college
Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées
Logo IPSA.png
MottoL'air, l'espace, l'IPSA
Motto in English
The air, the space, the IPSA
TypePrivate, Grande École
Director-GénéralAnne-Ségolène Abscheidt
Administrative staff
200 (in 2022)
Students2,188 (in 2022)
Ivry-sur-Seine, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse
Affiliations3AF, CDEFI, Concours Advance, Erasmus, ISSAT

The Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées (IPSA), (English: Institute of Polytechnic Science and Aeronautics) is a French private grande école in aerospace engineering located at Ivry-sur-Seine, Lyon and Toulouse, recognized by the French state since 2010,[1] whose diploma has been accredited by the French Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur since 2011.[2] It was founded in 1961[3] and has been part of IONIS Education Group since 1998.[4][5]


From creation to integration into IONIS Education group

Main entrance IPSA Paris

IPSA was founded in 1961[6] in Paris by Michel Cazin, the private secretary of Louis de Broglie and a teacher at the mechanical department of CNAM, Maurice Pradier and Paul Lefort.[7][failed verification] Twenty students started the training. In 1982, the first scholar trip was organized to the European Space Agency center in Guyana. In 1987 the school was bought by Henri Hertert, an airline pilot at Air France and an IPSA alumnus. In 1989 the institute moved into the towers Les Mercuriales at Bagnolet, where it stayed for ten years. Beset by financial difficulties, the university was bought by IONIS Education Group in 1998 and moved to Le Kremlin-Bicetre close to the university EPITA[relevant? ].[8]

Gradual recognition of the university

Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées is located in France
Campuses of the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées

The Master issued by IPSA was recognized by the French state at level 1 (higher level) in 2005, after accreditation by the Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle.[9][10] In 2007, IPSA opened a second campus in Toulouse, joined the Erasmus Programme and concluded double degree agreements with foreign universities. Following its establishment in Toulouse, the university joined the Institut au service du spatial, de ses applications et technologies in 2008.[11] The next year, IPSA joined Aerospace Valley[12] and moved to Ivry-sur-Seine close to the university ESME-Sudria[13] before being accredited by the French state in 2010.[1]

In 2011, the university was accredited by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur to grant the title of ingénieur diplômé de l'IPSA.[2]

During the evaluation process, the Commission noticed the strong points of the university (the kaizen, the motivation of teachers and students, the good job placement, ...) and the weak points (research activities to be developed, English level of the students to improve, the need to have more courses in social sciences, equipments on many campuses, ...).[14] The CTI also asks for a new recruitment process which has been done rapidly by the creation of a competitive examination called Concours Advance.[15] In January 2013, IPSA joined the Conference of the Directors of French Engineering Schools.[16] The CTI agreement is extended in May 2013.[17] In 2018, the university gets the EUR-ACE label.[18] Since the 1st of January 2021, the College is member of the Union of Independent Grandes Écoles.[19] and since the 20st of June 2023 of the Conférence des Grandes écoles.[20]

The College organizes the yearly air show IPS’AIR. The last edition took place in February 2023.[21] 200px|thumb|right|IPSA Toulouse campus

History of directors

The current director is Anne-Ségolène Abscheidt, who is also the Vice-President of Ingénieurs et scientifiques de France. She is the tenth person to hold that function since 1961. She was appointed director of IPSA in June 2023.[22]

List of directors
Name Years
Michel Cazin 1961 to 1987
Maurice Pradier 1961 to 1987
Paul Lefort 1961 to 1987
Henri Herter (IPSA 1976) 1987 to 1998
Guy Robin 1998 to 1999
Aimé Merran[23] 1999 to 2009
Hervé Renaudeau 2009 to 2016
Francis Pollet 2017 to 2022
Valérie Cornetet[24] 2022 to 2023
Anne-Ségolène Abscheidt Since 2023


IPSA Marseille Campus

The school is owned by IONIS Education Group,[25][26] and its president is the president of the group, Marc Sellam.

Training and research


200px|thumb|right|Entrance IPSA Toulouse IPSA aims to be close[weasel words] to other postgraduate engineering schools with a strong theoretical training for research and development jobs in order to graduate engineers specializing in aerospace engineering with a good general aerospace knowledge.[27] It offers a five-year course with five possibilities in the fourth year: "energy, spacecraft propulsion and engine", "mechanics and aircraft structure", "telecommunications, radar and radio navigation", "embedded systems", or "mechatronics". The students also choose one of ten minors: "Entrepreneurship", "business marketing", "association management", "Research Management", "Conduct of an international project", "project personnel development", "Board and consulting", " human resource management", "cultural management", "financial management".

In the fifth year, four options are available independently of the choice made in the fourth year: "Avionics", "Aeronautical Systems Design", "Space Systems Design" and "Management and Industrial Logistics".

From the first year on the school offers lessons relating to aeronautics in addition to basic scientific education, and a large part of the teaching throughout the curriculum is project-based. Students also have the opportunity to attend a technical and managerial course sanctioned by an MBA in "business and international negotiation" of the Institut supérieur de gestion in addition to the diploma of the school, or to make the last year of studies in a foreign university in partnership with IPSA. Eleven months of internship are planned in the curriculum.

After graduation, graduates are represented by the association AAEIPSA (IPSA Alumni association). 70% of them work in the aerospace industry,[28] mainly in research and development (46%) and in the Île-de-France region (57%).

Admission to the school is possible after a baccalauréat by succeeding at the competition "Advance" organized in partnership with EPITA and ESME-Sudria. In total, the three schools offer approximately 900 places.[29] It is also possible to enter the school in the second, third or fourth year of studies for students coming from classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles, Bachelor or Master.[30]

Since 2017, the school also offers Bachelors in aeronautics in addition to the Master's degree program describe above.[31]

International relations

Lyon Campus

Partnerships allowing students to obtain a Master of Science in addition to the degree of IPSA exist with Shenyang Aerospace University in China ,[32] Cranfield University in the United Kingdom ,[33] Moscow State University in Russia , the Université Laval in Canada [34] and the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.[35][36]

Students also have access to the Erasmus Programme.

The university has bilateral agreements with The University of Arizona, University of California, San Diego.

Research activities

Main Building IPSA Paris

In 2011, IPSA features three research laboratories: 3D computer graphics and calculation, mechatronics, and fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics.

The laboratory of 3D computer graphics and calculation investigates new algorithms to solve problems of processing and analysis of signals and images. An agreement of partnership with the laboratoire des signaux et systèmes (L2S) (signals and systems laboratory), a laboratory of CNRS based at Supélec, was signed in 2010.

In 2006, IPS'action association launched the UNIV'air challenge in order to present students with research projects in partnership with the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France and other universities such as SUPAERO or EPF. In 2008, a UAVs project named "Hélitronix" and realized by students and researchers of the mechatronics laboratory was selected during the Minidrone challenge funded by DGA and organized by ONERA.[37] The same laboratory works on the "Perseus project" which consists of the development of rockets for CNES, in partnership with the AéroIPSAstudent association.

Moreover, IPSA participates in the cluster ASTech Paris Région.[38] It contributes to its development in many sectors: aircraft engine, onboard energy, aircraft design, material, training and research, and maintenance.

In November 2011, the laboratory of fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics adopted a new calculation tool allowing for the commissioning of a digital wind tunnel by the end of 2011.

A team from the university has received the 2011 GIFAS award for the student aerospace challenge.[39]

Notable students

The College counts among its students the French synchronized swimmers Charlotte and Laura Tremble (class of 2025).[40][41][42]

Notable alumni

200px|thumb|right|IPSA Class of 2013


  • Lucien Robineau (dir.), Les Français du ciel : Dictionnaire historique, Paris, le cherche midi, 2005, 782 p. (ISBN:2749104157), p. 628
  • (in French) Mehdi. D, Saint-Agne. Epitech et l'Ipsa misent sur la Ville rose, La Dépêche du Midi, 6 April 2007
  • André Turcat, Pilote d'essais : Mémoires II, Paris, le cherche midi, 2009, 199 p. (ISBN:978-2-7491-1374-6), p. 197
  • (in French) Ginibrière Gaëlle, IPSA : 50 ans avec l'aéronautique, L'Express Emploi, 15 June 2009
  • GIFAS, Une formation pour un métier dans l'industrie aéronautique et spatiale, Paris, 2013, 65 p., p. 46
  • (in French) Mariama Diallo, L'IPSA, école d'ingénieurs aéronautique depuis 1961, Le Journal de l'aviation, 24 April 2012
  • (in French) Le futur de l'avion : Les prochains défis de l’industrie aéronautique, Ivry-sur-Seine, FYP Éditions, 2020, 160 p. (ISBN:978-2-36405-203-1)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Arrêté du 14 avril 2010 portant reconnaissance par l'Etat de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées" (in fr). Légifrance. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ingénieur diplômé de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées Formation initiale sous statut d'étudiant" (in fr). CTI. 
  3. "Fiche détailée présentant toutes les informations sur IPSA Paris – Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées - école d'ingenieur" (in fr). 
  4. (in French)Décision n° 2011/09-06 relative à l’habilitation de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées (IPSA) à délivrer un titre d’ingénieur diplômé
  5. "IPSA - Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées" (in fr). 
  6. (in French) L'IPSA, école d'ingénieurs aéronautique depuis 1961
  7. (in French) IPSA : 50 ans aver l'aéronautique
  8. (in French)Vidéo - L’IPSA, une école d’ingénieurs en aéronautique et spatial
  9. "Résumé descriptif de la certification" (in fr). RNCP. 
  10. (in French)Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées
  11. "Membres de l'ISSAT" (in fr). ISSAT. 
  12. "LISTE DES MEMBRES" (in fr). Aerospace Valley. 
  13. "IPSA - Ouverture d'une 3ème année à Toulouse et déménagement à Ivry" (in fr). Studyrama. [yes|permanent dead link|dead link}}]
  14. "Décision n°2011/09-06 relative à l'habilitation de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées (IPSA) à délivrer un titre d'ingénieur diplômé" (in fr). Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur. 
  15. "ADVANCE : Les 3 écoles CTI du Groupe IONIS lancent un nouveau concours commun" (in fr). 
  16. "Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées" (in fr). 
  17. (in French) Décision n° 2013/ 03-07 relative à l’habilitation de l’Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées à délivrer un titre d’ingénieur diplômé
  19. "Intégration de l'IPSA au 1er janvier 2021" (in fr). 
  20. "6 nouvelles écoles membres" (in fr). 20 June 2023. 
  22. (in French)L’IPSA prépare son avenir avec l’arrivée d’une nouvelle équipe de Direction
  23. (in fr) Les écoles d'ingénieurs. Hobsons France. 2006. p. 238. ISBN 9782845551367. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  24. (in French)IPSA 3.0
  25. (in French) Ecoles d’ingénieurs: qu’est ce que c’est ?
  26. (in French)Toulouse. Les écoles du groupe IONIS se regroupent
  27. (in French) IPSA Paris
  28. (in French)Les dix écoles d'ingénieurs qui comptent pour la filière aéronautique et spatiale
  29. (in French) ESME Sudria : implantation à Lille et Lyon, nouveau campus à Paris, nouveau concours Advance et intégration dans APB
  30. (in French) IPSA Ivry-sur-Seine
  31. (in French) Orientation : l'Ipsa ouvre des bachelors d'aéronautique
  32. (in French) Succès pour la première promotion d'élèves de l'IPSA en Chine
  33. European Partnership Programme : Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées
  34. (in French) Partenaires du département de génie mécanique
  35. (in French) Aéronautique : 30 étudiants de l’IPSA bientôt en stage à Taiwan
  36. (in French) Les actions cooperation dans enseignement superieur à Taiwan[yes|permanent dead link|dead link}}]
  37. (in French) Hélitronix, le projet des étudiants de l’IPSA sélectionné[yes|permanent dead link|dead link}}]
  38. (in French) Les membres
  39. "Results for 2010 - 2011". 
  40. Etudes et sport de haut niveau : le pari des sœurs Charlotte et Laura Tremble
  41. Val-d'Oise Natation : Double projet synchronisé pour Charlotte et Laura Tremble
  42. Édito – Les rêves ne prennent pas de vacances

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