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History

Polytech Clermont-Ferrand (formerly CUST) has been part of the oldest engineering schools internal to the french universities.

Nowadays, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, as a founder member of the Polytech Network, is one of the engineering schools belonging to the Clermont-University PRES (research and higher education pole).
1969 : creation of the CUST to build a new model for engineers’ course.

The creation of the CUST of 1969 falls within an approach of a new model for engineers’ course. The ambition at the root of the CUST adventure ? To train engineers for 5 years, after they graduated from high school, with two major dimensions : on the one hand, the business world, and on the other hand, the university research and higher education one.

At the time, it was about reconciling the excellence of the scientific research (represented by the Frech University and the big research institutes : CNRS, INRIA, INRA, INSEE+RM …etc.) and the development of elite-level job-oriented courses such as the engineers’ training courses. Indeed, this was the big issue : develop, within the university, great engineering schools open to the business world and relying on research laboratories at the source of many technologocal innovations. In the end, this symbiosis was a success for the CUST and the University Clermont Auvergne.

This model is now considered in the whole world as the international standard to train engineers.

1990 : the first four great internal schools (the CUST, EUDIL, ISIM, ISTG) constitute the Eiffel network.

The model created in Clermont-Ferrand was also in Lille and Montpellier, at the same time. It was later adopted by more than 40 engineering schools internal to universities until today. It also awards a diploma to nearly 25% of the french engineers.

In the 1990’s, the CUST and the EUDIL in Lille and the ISIM in Montpellier founded the Eiffel network which reunited the four oldest great engineering schools intertal to universities, including the ISTG of Grenoble. It was meant to develop a network of multidisciplinary schools (able to offer different speacialities), to make the recruitement procedures common and standardise the training process. All those efforts ware made in order to develop a mutual recognition of diplomas, as well as genuine exchanges between the students and their teachers.


2004 : the model spreads and the Polytech network sees the light of day.

With the creation of new schools of the same kind in Nantes, Tours and Marseille, the Polytech network is complete. All existing procedures align with those of the Eiffel network. The mutualisation and standardisation process between schools becomes generalised, and a network charter is adopted. The five current course’s orientations are defined. The mutualisation now concerns almost the entire course sectors ; in particular the international relations, indutrial relations, VAE, … etc.Since 2008, a regulation of common studies is adopted. Finally, all schools adopt a training process consisting in 5 years of studies after high school graduation, with the first two of them in the framework of the Polytech engineering schools professional paths : PeiP.

The Polytech Network is today one of the biggest french networks training engineers. It brings together 12 multidisciplinary engineering schools, representing components internal to the biggest french universities. The Polytech network trains more than 3000 engineers a year. In 2010, the Polytech network represents more than 10% of all the engineers who graduate each year. 10 000 students-engineers (including 1000 apprentices) are receiving a training course. 100 research laboratories are associated with different schools comprising 1000 teacher-researchers …etc.

2006 : the CUST becomes Polytech Clermont-Ferrand

In 2006, the CUST makes a strategic decision : to change its name after the Polytech network’s one. It is rebaptised Polytech Clermont-Ferrand and keeps its institute status among the University Clermont Auvergne. As a founder member of the Polytech Network, the CUST could do no less ! Nowadays, the development of the school is at the heart of this national context, grantueeing it its success and reputation.

Today, the teaching team of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand continuously works for tomorrow’s teaching innovations.

All along its history, the CUST, then Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, renewed its educational and trining programme in order to keep everything that made it youthful and relevant. The only way to train good engineers ready to face tomorrow’s challenges !

Founder member of the Polytech network, the school is still committed and take action in the national and international process which concern the engineering trainings. Beyond, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand benefit from an international visibility inherent to its development.

The key dates …

  • September 1969 : creation of a new structure (CUST) linked to the Sciences university, whose offices are located at the campus entrance and inside the IUT (university institute of technology).
  • February 1971 : Professor Louis AVAN becomes the 1st CUST Director
  • September 1972 : installation inside of the first premises (1450 square meters)
  • April 1976 : creation by decree of the CUST engineer’s diploma, available in 5 specialities
  • • February 1982 : opening of the Civil Engineering hall (650 square meters)
  • Spetember 1983 : opening of the Biological Engineering hall (400 square meters)
  • April 1986 : adoption by the board of directors of the new status giving the CUST institute some autonomy among the University Clermont-Ferrand II
  • 1990 : creation of the Eiffel network bringing together the first 3 major engineers schools internal to the universities (EUDIL in Lille, ISIM in Montpellier and CUSt in Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Octobre 1991 : buildings’expansion (1350 square meters)
  • 1992 : the CUST is allowed in the Major Schools Conference, after its request
  • 1994 : buildings’expansion (570 square meters)
  • September 1994 : the Computing Engineering department does not recruit students anymore et the first teachers are transfered to ISIMA.
  • September 1995 : the CUST changes the training course programme and introduces a 6 months long « common core » course in first year that is common to all the departments, as well as its first transversal option : « Engineering and Logistic Projects ».
  • September 1996 : creation of the Archimedes contest
  • September 1996 : integration of the fourth school in the Eiffel network : the ISTG in Grenoble
  • September 1997 : able to provide en egineer’s diploma thanks to the continuous training
  • May 1999 : adoption of the first internal regulations
  • September 2000 : opening of the current premises, gathering all of the traning course departments (12 000 square meters)
  • Septembre 2000 : opening of the Entrepreneurship unit with ESC Clermont
  • September 2000 : inauguration of a new technological development platform
  • September 2002 : creation of the first Polytech schools in Nantes, Tours and Marseille
  • September 2004 : creation of the Polytech network and fusion with the Eiffel one
  • November 2006 : the CUST changes its name for Polytech Clermont-Ferrand
  • September 2007 : the first Class to follow the PeiP preparatory course after high school graduation
  • September 2008 : Polytech Clermont-Ferrand recruits the first Class of engineers via apprenticeship, in the framework of the « Engineering of Production Systems » course, provided at the Montluçon’s IUT.
  • 2009 : setting up the GEIPI-Polytech competitive exam ; common to all the engineering schools internal to universities, for students applying for a frist year of studies.
  • September 2010 : creation of the ‘Energy’ option, offered in addition to the ‘Logistics’ option, which are both open to all departments and to all engineering students in final year
  • 2012 : Polytech’s project AVOSTII is selected after the call for IDEFI projects
  • 2012 : Polytech Lyon ; new school joining the national network now gathering 13 schools
  • 2013 : establishment of the professionalization contracts
  • 2013 : establishment of the Cordées de la Réussite along with Mauriac’s high school, in partnership with the Regional Board of Education in Clermont-Ferrand
  • September 2013 : Polytech Clermont-Ferrand joins the AGERA (Rhônes-Alpes and Auvergne major schools’ alliance)
  • February 2014 : obtaining ISO certification 9001 : 2008
  • Launch of the Ecografi project