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The new objectives and performance contract for l’X

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense, Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique and Yves Demay, Director-General of l’X, signed on December 14th the new objectives and performance contract (COP) which sets out the strategic objectives of the institution placed under the Directorate General of Armaments for 2017-2021.

In a highly competitive international environment, the 2017-2021 Objectives and Performance Contract (COP 2017-2021) required by the Minister of Defense sets out an ambitious strategy for École Polytechnique to grow and develop its brand. It concludes the work of reflection and consultation undertaken since mid-2015 with all the stakeholders, following the report of Bernard Attali and the ministerial decisions announced on December 15th, 2015 in favor of l’X. It also incorporates the recommendations made in the HCERES report published in June 2016 following the evaluation of École Polytechnique’s strategy. It was voted on by the Board of l’X on October 13th, 2016 and signed on December 14th, 2016 by the Minister of Defense.

The growth strategy of l’X outlined in the COP 2017-2021 will be applied according to the three main missions of École Polytechnique: research, training and entrepreneurship. This strategy will be based, at institutional level, on a proactive partnership policy and will have as a corollary an ambitious policy of expansion and building renovation.

Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique, "welcomes the signature of the COP 2017-2021. With the support of its trusteeship and the community of its alumni, endowed with agile governance mechanisms and widely open to economic and scientific actors, l’X will continue the growth and development of scientific, academic and economic programs during the COP 2017-2021 resolutely placing itself in the international competition at a level equal to the one of the major universities of science and technology".

Increased attractiveness in research and personnel growth in training

In terms of research, the COP reaffirms the structural link of l'X with national research organizations, in particular the CNRS. It expands the prospects for coordination of École Polytechnique's research strategy with organizations and other institutions placed under the Ministry of Defense, such as ENSTA ParisTech, ISAE-SUPAERO and ONERA. In terms of resources, the COP confirms the prospect of additional recruitment of some ten international researchers.

The development of the training offer aims to increase the number of students, mainly international, while maintaining the level of excellence. The number of students will thus have to rise to 4,000 within 5 years (with a target of 4,700 within 10 years), without sacrificing the selectivity requirement. With this aim in mind, the workforce of Ingénieur Polytechnicien program will be increased to 425 French students and 140 international students. The next few years will see the expansion of the new Graduate Degrees programs to a dozen courses and the launch of the Bachelor program in September 2017. The recruitment of PhD students will be strengthened by the implementation of a doctoral program "PhD Track" accessible from the Master’s level. The continuing education offer will be expanded as well, notably through the launch of the Executive Master of l’X. Finally, the effort to produce MOOCs in French and English will be continued and amplified. 

The new curricula, engines of the internationalization of l’X

Based on the creation of new international diplomas, l’X will strengthen its reputation, its visibility and the readability of its academic programs at the global level with its academic partners, global employers and students in search of mobility. It will strengthen the concrete content of partnership agreements with fifteen to twenty strategic partners, with which double degree agreements and scientific and academic exchanges will be developed, such as the "Alliance" partnership with Columbia.

Entrepreneurship and economic development

L’X will continue to develop in a dynamic way the experimental and entrepreneurial culture within the institution, and more generally the creation of an ecosystem favoring the financing of entrepreneurial projects. Development in this area will continue with the growth of École Polytechnique’s accelerator and incubator (accelerating of 12-15 projects every 6 months).

Strategic partnerships in France

The policy of organic growth in the framework of the three missions of l’X will be combined with the pursuit of a partnership policy based in particular on the contribution to the Association of universities and higher education institutions (COMUE) “Université Paris-Saclay” with respect of its brand, its institutional and budgetary autonomy, its recruitment and graduation policy and its international partnerships. École Polytechnique will also pursue the implementation of joint projects with its privileged academic partners, in the framework of the merger with ENSTA ParisTech and agreements signed with ISAE-SUPAERO and with other partners.

Development of new infrastructures

The growth policy will require the construction of new premises for research and education:

> Scheduled creation of a laboratory of 6000 m² gathering the mechanical teams of l’X and ENSTA ParisTech;

> Scheduled construction of a Mutualized Teaching Building (BEM), shared with other institutions of the district and of a total area of ​​10,000 m² for a budget of € 32.5 million;

> Construction of a housing building for Bachelor program students on campus with a delivery scheduled for the first half of 2019.

Growth financing

L’X will receive an additional € 60 million over five years (including € 5 million anticipated in 2016), € 30 million of which will be used to finance Bachelor program students’ housing. At the end of this funding, École Polytechnique will support its subsequent growth on additional own resources resulting from partnership research, sponsorship, tuition fees and income from business creation and upgrading.

École Polytechnique will continue in particular the development of the corporate chairs with a goal of growth of two additional chairs per year targeting thirty active chairs at the end of 2021. The COP is counting on the increase of the turnover of Continuing education from € 3 million currently to € 10 million in 5 years. Revenues from academic programs – Ingénieur Polytechnicien program, Graduate Degree, Bachelor programs and Continuing education - will reach € 10 million at the same timeframe. The second fundraising campaign of the École Polytechnique Foundation, launched at the end of 2016, will aim at a global objective (individuals and companies) of € 80 million over five years.

> Read the objectives and performance contract 2017-2021(in French)

> Read the speech of Jean-Yves Le Drian on the occasion of the signature of the objectives and performance contract 2017-2021 (in French)