History and figures

History and figures

In 1885-1886 HEI was founded in Lille, by the Industrial Leaders of Northern France, to meet their engineering needs. HEI has since extended its activities to the training of polyvalent engineers, open-minded to the world, humanistic in managerial approach with the added plus of an international and intercultural profile.

Some 130 years later, the school continues to pursue this mission through three core activities : the training of engineers and executives, industrial applied research and development and the providing of extension services to the business world including technology transfer. Since the creation of the school, these dimensions have defined the identity of HEI. We coach each student, personally, in the design and realization of his or her personal and professional project, enhancing learning outcomes in line with the needs, expectations and requirements of the global economic world. HEI, in the service of the private business and industrial sectors, revealing individual talents and insight, fostering innovation, developing competency and creating competitive advantage.

HEI has been part of Yncréa Hauts-de-France

A few key dates since 1885

 1885 Foundation of the School in Lille within the Catholic University

 1935 First accredited by the “Commission des Titres d’ingénieur” (the French national body for engineering)

 1968 School recognized by the State

 1974 Member of the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”

 2012 Opening of HEI Centre campus at Châteauroux dedicated to training through apprenticeships

 2012 Launch of the apprenticeship for the engineering diploma at HEI Lille campus and HEI Centre campus

 2012 Creation of the HEI ISA ISEN Group

 2013 Historic building rehabilitation HEI

2013 The school is a member of Yncréa Hauts-de-France, which brings together the HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille schools, whose vocation is to train by innovating constantly.


A few figures

16 600 Alumni

2 400 current students

200 full-time teaching staff

350 part-time teachers

4 research disciplines

14 majors

110 Partner universities

350 International traineeships

260 Anual international semester exchanges

2 campuses

14 fields of study

  • Architectural engineering
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building and Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry and Chemical engineering
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Smart cities
  • Energy, Electrical Systems and Control Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Industrial Management
  • Management of innovation
  • Mechanical Design and engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Technologies, innovation, textiles and international management

Leadership team

Chairman of the Board of Directors : Philippe COSSERON

HEI Director : Vincent SIX

Director of the preparatory classes : Jean-Philippe LOECKX

HEI Director Centre campus : Aymeric GILLET CHEVAIS

Research Director : Benoît ROBYNS

Director of International Development : David PERRY

Director of sponsorship and of development : Thibaut DEFEVER

Director of academic and student affairs : Olivier ROCQUIN