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École Polytechnique joins Eurotech Universities Alliance

The EuroTech Alliance is a strategic partnership of leading Universities of Science & Technology in Europe composed of: DTU (Technical University of Denmark), EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology) and TUM (Technical University of Munich). Today EuroTech welcomed l'X as its fifth member.

Through the EuroTech Universities Alliance, the member institutions combine their strengths and connect their eco-systems across borders, contributing to Europe’s leadership in technology. The EuroTech Universities Alliance is committed to raising public awareness of the opportunities offered by science and technology. L'X will officially joined the strategic partnership of leading universities of science and technology on June 7th in the international setting of the Technical University of Munich’s 150th anniversary symposium. École Polytechnique will further strengthen the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s position as pioneer for inter-university collaboration and will provide impetus for new, exciting collaborations to address the grand societal challenges.

Photo credit: Astrid Eckert / TUM

From left to right: Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, Rector of DTU, Jan Mengelers, President of TU/e and current President of Eurotech, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of TUM, Jaques Biot, President of l'X, and Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL.

Frank Pacard, Provost of l’X, said: “École Polytechnique is a world-class education and research institution, conveying a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on scientific learning in the great humanist tradition. Our research departments are recognized for the excellence of their works in fundamental sciences in many fields such as mathematics, physics, economy, computer science, but also in applied sciences such as data science, renewable energies, cybersecurity, and of course artificial intelligence, among others. These innovative fields play a fundamental role on the development of modern society and impose a completely new evolution model in many areas, as well as a close inter-university scientific collaboration. L’X will further strengthen the EuroTech Universities’ position as a leading European alliance for cross-disciplinary collaboration and will provide impetus for new academic and scientific common projects.”

As a special welcome to École Polytechnique, the first series of articles of the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s relaunched communications platform TECHNOLOGIST zooms in on the best of French Technologies, including the science and innovation landscape in France.

We are delighted to have France’s most distinctive university of science and engineering on board. With Macron’s call for the creation of European networks of universities, École Polytechnique’s accession is also politically very timely”, says Jan Mengelers, current President of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. The French President’s speech at Sorbonne University last September has provided a new impetus for European university networks, with a dedicated EU funding initiative to be launched in the autumn. “With the EuroTech Universities Alliance widely quoted as a model network, we are well positioned for the take-up of EU funding in the future, not least through the future Horizon Europe programme proposed by the European Commission today”, highlights Jan Mengelers.

École Polytechnique offers innovative, international and multidisciplinary scientific programmes in strategic fields, bringing together research staff and students to develop the latest technologies, with focus on artificial intelligence, energy transition, smart cities, healthcare or cybersecurity”, says Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique. Joining the EuroTech Universities Alliance will create a larger pool of complementary strengths, excellent talent and unique learning and scientific environments. École Polytechnique’s Drahi X-Novation Center offers an ecosystem of prototyping space, early start-up acceleration, incubation, finance and open innovation with large multinationals. “Our unique French offer will boost the EuroTech Universities’ academic, scientific, entrepreneurial and corporate networks and will facilitate the connection of Europe’s strongest innovation hubs even further”, added Jacques Biot.

Discover the full version of the interview with Jacques Biot here and watch the video interview: