The Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies (ESTIA) was founded by the Bayonne-Basque Country Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1985.
Member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE), the school has been authorised to award engineering degrees to students and apprentices.
ESTIA's teaching is trilingual and is focused on general engineering with the possibility of a dual degree with partner universities.
The engineering studies are organised around a common core over two years, followed by three pathways to reinforce knowledge in the final year:
- digital design and innovation
- mechatronics and embedded systems
- industrial organisation and management
The success of ESTIA stems in part from the response the school provides to the regional industrial fabric in terms of quality of engineering training, today acknowledged by the companies themselves, and also from the school's open approach to its partner universities: Bilbao University in Spain, Cranfield University, Wolverhampton University and the University of Salford–Manchester in England.
- 750 students in higher and continuing education
- 1/3 of student engineers are completing apprenticeships
- Rated 22nd Engineering School in France