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In short

ENGEES, the National School for Water and Environmental Engineering of Strasbourg, is a French grande école that trains engineers and executives to be directly operational in the sectors of water, environmental protection, infrastructure and land-use planning.

It is a Public Administrative Body (EPA) under the authority of the French Ministry of Agriculture, associated with the University of Strasbourg. 

Aware of the challenges inherent to the protection of the environment and water resources, its courses fully reflect the objectives of sustainable development. ENGEES courses are taught by its professors and researchers who are members of 4 joint research units and by more than 200 outside professionals and experts.

Thanks to its 60 years of experience and close relations established with professionals, ENGEES provides a tailored response to the needs of companies and local authorities, through its engineering programme with student or apprentice status, its specialised master's degrees and its wide range of continuing education courses.


The identity of the National School for Water and Environmental Engineering (ENGEES) is derived from its strategy of training engineers who are immediately operational in the water and the environment sectors. In practical terms, the basic goal of this programme is to lead students to acquire complete mastery of pipe flow and open-channel flow hydraulics. 

Beyond this knowledge base, mainly acquired through core courses, specialisation pathways enable students to cover the essentials of the sector related to water: management of hydrosystem, management of aquatic ecosystems, protection of water resources, design and sizing of water and sanitation networks, design and sizing of treatment plants, management and operation of services and infrastructure, coastal hydraulic engineering, management of waste collection and treatment (domestic and industrial).


  • Sustainable Development

Whether within the teaching corpus itself, in the current practice of managing all school activities (sorting, reasoned use of consumables, etc.) or in the results of its finalised research, acting in favour of sustainable development is central to the ENGEES. This is the very vocation of the school. Administrative staff, teachers, students, trainees, everyone is aware of this challenge and is involved in it. The Green Plan is one of the structuring elements that guides us collectively. Together we are setting ever more ambitious objectives. Obtaining the DD&RS label (a sustainable development label for higher education institutions) since 2016 reflects the depth of our commitment. 

  • Solidarity

There is a strong cohesion within the promotions that lasts long after graduation. While the “small” size of the institution is a facilitator, it alone cannot explain the mutual support and strong ties that exist within it. This solidarity extends to the outside world through the involvement of students in developing countries during student association projects (Engineers Without Borders, TR Monde) or during an internship. The ENGEES strives to transmit these civic values and a common ethic of sharing, sustainable and secure access to this indispensable resource that is water. Students in turn transmit these values through public awareness events (A l'eau la terre? Ici Strasbourg!) or to the youngest through educational activities (Natur'Astras association).

  • Quality

In order to best support each young person in his or her educational and professional project, each professional in his or her career path, and each company in its search for skills, the ENGEES is committed to a quality approach. All the staff contribute to this by collecting opinions and by setting up, monitoring and evaluating rigorous procedures to serve and satisfy all its users. The resulting continuous improvement is a real strength for the institution. In December 2015, this approach led to ISO 9001 certification and continues to serve the school's staff and users.

  • Expertise

The ENGEES is the only school to deal with the theme of water in its entirety. Its know-how is linked to its research, combining basic sciences, human sciences and applied sciences oriented towards the needs of the economic world. This know-how is also based on teaching anchored in professional contexts and on work in project mode. Finally, at the School of Water Engineering, we carry out and implement. The ENGEES thus enables students to acquire multiple skills in an increasingly complex context.  Through its research and advice, the ENGEES can accompany and anticipate the evolution of the sector; it also prepares its trainees so that they are involved in lifelong learning. This is also ENGEES' expertise: learning to learn.

Key figures

  • 60 years of existence
  • 450 students and about 400 short-term continuing education students
  • 70 permanent staff members (including 22 permanent professors, researchers and engineers)
  • More than 200 outside instructors, all professionals or specialists in their fields. 
  • 4 joint research units
  • 1 water analysis laboratory
  • 1 technological hydraulic platform
  • 1 documentation centre with more than 8,000 books, 10,000 documents and 100 periodicals
  • 7,000 sq. metres of main building + 410 sq. metres of laboratory annexes
  • €5.6 million consolidated annual budget
  • 1 industry-endowed Chair, funded by Suez
  • 100 engineering students per class
  • 30% apprentices per class
  • 3,000 engineer graduates 
  • 48% women (2014 engineering class)
  • 7 specialisation pathways (engineering programme)
  • 14 dual degrees, including 5 in other countries
  • 26 international agreements in 13 countries


  • 1 three-year engineering programme (with student or apprentice status)
  • 1 professional degree,
  • 6 co-accredited masters and a HydroG3 specialisation with EOST
  • 4 specialised masters certified by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
  • More than 60 continuing education sessions per year, offered through a catalogue
  • 1 ENGEES-specific degrees