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AEFE and l'X join forces

École Polytechnique and the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) signed on Monday, November 7th, a partnership agreement designed for high potential international students who are interested in studying in France.

In the presence of Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, École Polytechnique and the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) signed on Monday, November 7th, a partnership agreement designed for high potential international students who are interested in studying in France. This initiative follows the the launch of École Polytechnique’s Bachelor program which aims at attracting international talented undergraduates by offering them a high-level scientific curriculum in an international environment.

Promoting École Polytechnique's academic offers

This partnership is an important lever to promote French demanding and high-level scientific academic offers. By signing this agreement, the AEFE commits to promote École Polytechnique academic offers among its students and more specifically its Bachelor program. The AEFE network counts 495 French education institutions in 137 countries, attended by 342 000 pupils (60% of them are international). On its side, École Polytechnique undertakes to highlight students coming from the AEFE in its programs.

An ideal curriculum for the AEFE’s pupils

École Polytechnique’s Bachelor program, that is to open in September 2017 and of which applications opened in November 2016, has been made up to address two major challenges. It is a new alternative for French students interested in achieving a Bachelor’s degree abroad. It also aims at attracting international students by offering them a high-level scientific curriculum, entirely taught in English, in an international environment.

Expecting at least 60% of international students, the Bachelor’s program aims to offer an international education framework at the heart of a world-class scientific and economic cluster that is University Paris-Saclay. The AEFE high school students have already benefited from an excellent education, in line with French scientific higher education requirements. Attending École Polytechnique Bachelor’s program is a continuation of their excellent education in a multicultural environment.

L’X continues its internationalization strategy

École Polytechnique has commited to keeping up its internationalization and aims to increase the part of international students in its various academic programs from 30% to 40%. The Bachelor and the Graduate Degree programs being launched, École Polytechnique broadens its academic offer in accordance with international standards.

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, underlines: “This partnership benefits the French higher education and is also a way to promote French-speaking countries. École Polytechnique Bachelor’s program contributes to French culture outreach as it offers instruction in French as a foreign language. By attracting international profiles and high-potential French undergrads, École Polytechnique thus disseminates French culture that the AEFE brings to life throughout the world. This initiative of excellence meets the requirements of the Ministry Foreign Affairs and International Development that is to outreach French education, science and culture around the world”.

Taha Zinifi, X2014:

The Agency for French Education Abroad can be characterized by the excellence of its teaching staff, which I applaud, going hand in hand with a constant and sustained emulation of its students. We were permanently challenged and were used to help each other. In fact, we were always boosting each other. The AEFE network is clearly a breeding ground for talents who show great exemplarity in the pursuit of their studies in France or elsewhere. However, without the AEFE's academic, logistical and financial support, some of these exemplary students could never have realized their dreams. Mine? To make my parents proud by walking with a bicorn on my head and “a tangente” in my hands. To benefit from a prestigious multidisciplinary training or to discover the exciting universe of entrepreneurship where École Polytechnique plays a leading role. [...] What can I bring back to the AEFE, École polytechnique and more generally the French society? Even if this contribution is difficult to quantify, I wish to contribute to French scientific excellence, to undertake and create employment and to promote the values ​​of the Republic.