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2018 France-Singapore Innovation Year: the Ambassador of Singapore visited l’X

H.E. Mr. Zainal Arif Mantaha, Ambassador of Singapore to France, was at l’X on March 6th, 2018. As part of the France-Singapore Innovation Year, he met with President Jacques Biot and visited the Drahi X – Novation Center.

2018 is the France-Singapore Year of Innovation. YOI 2018 aims at encouraging cooperation between the two countries in the field of innovation. Many events and meetings will be held throughout the year in both countries. One of them was the visit of the Ambassador of Singapore at École Polytechnique.

President Jacques Biot welcomed H.E. Mr. Zainal Arif Mantaha at the Drahi X – Novation Center, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship facility of École Polytechnique. They discussed the strategy of l’X in terms of innovation. École Polytechnique hosts startups in its acceleration program X-UP and in its technology incubator X-TECH, but also offers academic programs focused on innovation.

Ambassador Mantaha had the opportunity to exchange with entrepreneurs currently working in X-UP. One of the startups has a partnership with a Singaporean company. Ambassador Mantaha expressed his will to support this kind of initiatives and to create more links between French and Singaporean startups and larger companies.

President Biot and Ambassador Mantaha also discussed the existing academic partnerships between Singapore and l’X. École Polytechnique has partnerships with the National University of Singapore (double degree program) and Nanyang Technological University. The new Bachelor and Graduate Degree programs, fully taught in English, recently opened by École Polytechnique could be a way to increase the number of incoming Singaporean students.