Agreement signed with INP-HB in Côte d'Ivoire
© Centre d'Information et de Communication Gouvernementale de Côte d'Ivoire, Jacques Biot with Koffi N’Guessan, General Director of INP-HB
Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique, travelled to Côte d'Ivoire on Monday April 13, 2015, to sign a cooperation agreement with Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët Boigny (INP-HB) in Yamoussoukro, in the presence of Ivorian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Gnamien Konan. This agreement associates l'X to one of the most dynamic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, in a country leader for African growth. It provides that l'X sends students from the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program for six months as educational assistants for preparatory classes at INP-HB, as part of their human training. Nicolas Donati (X2014) chose to do so from September 2014 to March 2015, and his successful experience will thus lead the way for others. This agreement will also allow preparatory classes' teachers from INP-HB to participate in the training that École Polytechnique offers to teachers of French preparatory classes. Four of them will therefore come to École Polytechnique in May.
École Polytechnique regularly hosts students from sub-Saharan Africa in its three training programs (the Ingénieur Polytechnicien cycle, Master's and PhD) and it is in 1981 that the first Ivorian student, Tidjane Thiam, entered l'X. Tidjane Thiam, who was very much esteemed by his professors at École Polytechnique, carried the flag and led his class for the parade on the Champs-Elysees, before leading an exceptional career in international banking. He will become CEO of the Credit Suisse group in July. Some Ivorian graduates of École Polytechnique have chosen to put their skills to the service of their country, and their careers are remarkable, much like Abdourahmane Cissé, X2001, Ivorian Minister of the Budget, Ahmadou Bakayoko, X98, Managing Director of Ivorian Radio and Television and Kinapara Coulibaly, X99, Deputy General Director of the National Bureau of Technical Studies and Development. Other Ivorian alumni distinguished themselves in large companies around the world, such as Moussa Diaby, PhD Graduate of École Polytechnique in 2009, responsible for innovative projects at PSA Peugeot Citroën and President of the FADIV - the Federation of Associations of the Ivorian Diaspora.
After the organization in January 2014 at École Polytechnique of the first scientific meeting of the Ivorian diaspora bringing together eminent personalities from science, industry and culture, this agreement demonstrates l'X active development policy in sub-Saharan Africa.