Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

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The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (short: CNAM) is a recognized French university , which is assigned to the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and has the status of a " Grand établissement ". It is one of the most prestigious universities in France, the Grandes écoles , which are also often referred to as elite universities . It is based in Paris (292 rue Saint-Martin, 3rd arrdt. ), Where it maintains its largest educational institution and the Musée des arts et métiers , and is also represented by numerous branches in the French regions and abroad. The CNAM was founded during the French Revolution in 1794 by the French clergyman and member of the National Convention, Henri Grégoire (Abbé Grégoire).

Goals and main areas of study

In line with its motto “Omnes docet ubique”, the CNAM has set itself the task of making “education for everyone and everywhere” accessible.

Equal training is offered in all CNAM facilities: curricula and exams are standardized. The entire spectrum of technical and natural science courses is covered in seven departments , plus the area of economics . 100,000 students take part in courses (80%) and in continuing education (20%) across France . Half of all students are enrolled in the two faculties of computer science and economics.

Duration of study and degree

In France, an engineering diploma is generally only awarded after a total of 5 years of study. The CNAM Diplôme d'Ingénieur enjoys a very high level of prestige in France and is state-recognized in Germany, among others. Above all, the fact that the course is completed part-time is an exceptional performance criterion.


The CNAM is represented by 28 regional branches (with 150 training centers) in France ( France métropolitaine and France d'outre-mer ), by a so-called associated center ( center associé ) in Lebanon , a representative in Morocco and other educational institutions, including in Germany , Spain , Greece , Hungary , Romania and Benin .

Among the 31 institutes affiliated to the CNAM, the oldest and most important is the Institut national des techniques économiques et comptables (Intec), founded in 1931 , which is also based in Paris (40 rue des Jeûneurs, 2nd arrdt . ) And has 22 agencies, particularly in maintains the French-speaking countries of the African continent.

European cooperation

The partner of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in its collaboration with the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers was the regional branch in Alsace , the ARCnam Alsace , with centers in Mulhouse and Strasbourg . The center in Strasbourg is affiliated with the Robert Schuman University . On March 31, 2017, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences discontinued the CNAM study program.

Web links

Commons : Conservatoire national des arts et métiers  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences: News, dates and events. Retrieved on April 3, 2017 (de_DE).

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