Polytechnique strengthens its international development in Asia
Building on its notoriety, École Polytechnique strengthens its international development in Asia. For several years, Polytechnique was able to capitalize on the economic growth of China where its one-of-a-kind model for preparing engineers is very appreciated from both Chinese and French industrials. In 2012, École Polytechnique founded successfully the SJTU-ParisTech Engineering Institute of Technology (SPEIT) with three other member schools from ParisTech (Télécom, Mines and ENSTA).
Polytechnique is now developing further strategic cooperations with top-level institutions in Asia.
An agreement of academic cooperation with the Institute of Technology of Cambodia
École Polytechnique and the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) have formalized an agreement of academic cooperation on October 30, 2014. This agreement allows Cambodian students from ITC to apply for the Ingénieur polytechnicien program of Polytechnique through the path for international applicants coming from universities abroad (more info on this program and the application process here).
Sodarith SENG is a Cambodian student who entered the program in 2013. "At the ITC, about ten of us were taking the entrance exams for Polytechnique. Two of us have succeeded", he tells us. While he was third in his class at the ITC, Sodarith wanted to join Polytechnique for its reputation for excellence and its interdisciplinary training. After graduating, Sodarith hopes to use the skills he acquired in France to develop and improve the Cambodian education system.
With this agreement, every year, two students from École Polytechnique will be able to do their personal development internship at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC). During this internship of six months, students from Polytechnique will be helping and mentoring students from ITC through tutorials and workshops. This internship, meant to develop interpersonal skills, will also give the students an international awareness important for their professional career.
Reinforced partnerships with Hanoi University of Science (HUS) and University of Science and Technology of Hanoi
École Polytechnique also strengthened its academic ties with Vietnam. Every year, Polytechnique receives about ten Vietnamese students, usually coming from the prestigious Hanoi University of Science (HUS) and University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) to do a Master or join the Ingénieur polytechnicien program.
Thanh Trung PHAM, sophomore at USTH, is now proud to wear Polytechnique's Grand Uniform. "I would not have been able to integrate X without the Chuc Hoang merit scholarship," says the student. Named after the Vietnamese alumni Chuc Hoang (X1964), this scholarship was created by the École Polytechnique Foundation during its first fundraising campaign (2008-2013) to reward a Vietnamese student who distinguishes him or herself by his merit and excellence.
With the expertise gained at École Polytechnique, Thanh Trung PHAM wants to become an engineer in the field of aviation or more generally transport. He wishes to contribute to the development of the Vietnamese High Speed Train which should be working in 2020.
> Picture : Sodarith SENG (on the left) and Thanh Trung PHAM (on the right)