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|Motto||Théorie et pratique (Theory and practice)|
|Affiliations||PSL*, Institut Mines-Télécom (Mines Télécom Institut of Technology), Groupe des Écoles des mines, Conférence des Grandes écoles|
The École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat called also Mines Rabat in French or Rabat School of Mines in English is a leading engineering school in Morocco. The previous school name was École Nationale de l'Industrie Minérale (or National School of the Mineral Industry in English).
Based in Rabat, Mines Rabat is one of the oldest engineering schools in Morocco. Mines Rabat is a member of the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE). The course for the engineering program lasts three years and the admission is done mainly by the common national competition (CNC) after making two or three years in preparatory classes.
Despite its small size (fewer than 300 students are accepted each year, after a very selective exam), it is a crucial part of the infrastructure of Moroccan industry.
The admission to Mines Rabat in the normal cycle is made through a very selective entrance examination, and requires at least two years of preparation after high school in preparatory classes. Admission includes a week of written examinations during the spring followed sometimes by oral examinations over the summer.
Mines Rabat is ranked among the top 3 Moroccan Grandes Ecoles, though it doesn't appear in international rankings due to its very limited number of students (300 students for the class of 2016).
The school was established in 1972 and now about 300 Moroccan students are admitted each year. Foreign students, having followed a classe préparatoire curriculum (generally, African students) can also enter through the same competitive exam. Finally, some foreign students come for a single year from other top institutions in Africa.
Grandes Écoles of Engineering usually offer several master's degree programs, the most important of which is the Diplôme d’Ingénieur (Engineer's Degree), the Moroccan/French master's degree in Engineering.
Because of the strong selection of the students and of the very high quality of the curriculum, the Diplôme d’Ingénieur (which can be equivalent to a Master of Science in Engineering) gives right to bear the title of an Ingénieur, is one of the most prestigious degrees in Morocco; it is protected by law and submitted to strict government supervision. It is more valued by companies than a university degree in terms of career opportunities and wages.
To enter the Diplôme d’Ingénieur curriculum of Grandes Écoles, students traditionally have to complete the first two years of their curriculum in the very intensive preparatory classes, most often in an institution outside the Grande École.
At the end of these preparatory classes, the students take nationwide, extremely selective competitive exams for entrance into Grandes Écoles, where they complete their curriculum for three years.
Thus the 1st year of the Diplôme d’Ingénieur curriculum in Grandes Écoles corresponds to a senior undergraduate year, and the two final years correspond to the graduate part of the curriculum:
1st year at Mines Rabat - equivalent to - senior year of BSc. 2nd year at Mines Rabat - equivalent to - 1st year of MSc. 3rd (final) year at Mines Rabat - equivalent to - 2nd year of MSc.
The Mines Rabat has a total of 15 engineering options:
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