UTT's core missions are to conduct research, deliver education & training and facilitate technology transfer. UTT is a French institution of higher education established in 1994. It is today one of the largest engineering schools in France. Over 2,500 students are registered at the University, enrolled on undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral study programs. In the renowned yearly ranking of the French magazine “L’Etudiant”, UTT takes in 2011 an enviable 6th position among 65 French engineering schools.
The standard five-year engineering degree, which is accredited by France's independent engineering degree accreditation body, CTI, can be tailored to each student's individual career objectives as from the first year. UTT offers five engineering degrees, a master's program with the choice of nine specializations, a PhD research program in five specialist areas, as well as work-integrated learning (WIL) modules which combine academic study with paid workplace learning (leading to either a vocational degree, an engineering degree or a master's).
Research activities at UTT are conducted by eight teams within the Charles Delaunay Institute (ICD). The Institute pursues an interfaculty approach to the central theme underpinning all research efforts: risk management science and technology (RMST), one of the major challenges facing modern society.
UTT develops and maintains proactive relations with industry through joint research programs with businesses and long internships for its students. UTT is a member of the Carnot Institute Network (along with the Compiègne University of Technology) and actively encourages the creation of new businesses.
The University's commitment to project-based management and analytical accounting, coupled with innovative human resources practices, allowed UTT to figure among France's first "independent" institutions as of January 1, 2009, following the government's University reform bill aimed at granting greater autonomy to universities to manage their budget and staff. The University has also established a partnership-based Foundation to support its efforts and long-term development.
UTT is part of the French network of universities of technology (UT) alongside Compiègne (UTC) and Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM). This unique engineering degree model, fostered by scientific research and close interaction with the business community in France and beyond, has also been emulated in China. In 2005, the three French universities of technology set up the Shanghai Sino-European University of Technology (UTSEUS), which currently counts 1,000 Chinese and French students.