"Founded in 1991 and semi-independent from the Ministry of Education, the Institut de Mécanique Avancée is located in Clermont- Ferrand. The goal of the Institute is to become one of the best in the country. IFMA engineering students earn the maîtrise in the field of mechanical engineering and in the new technologies electronics, automatic control engineering and information technology. IFMA students are trained to design and build machines, complex systems, industrial equipment and production systems. 549 students (2003-2004); 44 faculty members "