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École Polytechnique stands united, all hands on deck!

École Polytechnique has worked to continually adapt to the measures taken by the French authorities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Its priority is to protect its students, researchers, and staff while ensuring the continuity of its essential objectives and preparing for the next steps.

La Cour Vanneau sur le campus de l'Ecole polytechnique

This special edition of Dixit, École Polytechnique’s monthly newsletter, is largely dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken and implemented by the school to face it.

In these unprecedented times, it is most important to stay united and connected in order to overcome the current sanitary crisis and prepare for the future together.

Confronted with the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have closed the school, revisited and digitalized our operations. The school’s priority is to protect the health and safety of its students, researchers, and staff as well as their relatives.

I am most grateful for everyone’s commitment and hard work the ensure the continuity of our essential missions. Many initiatives have been launched to contribute to the current health battle and I welcome the solidarity and fighting spirit demonstrated by all.

Over the past two weeks, we have seen our faculty, supported by the entire administration, disrupt their teaching methods and make a digital shift in record time to provide remote learning for our students.

Researchers restructured their work methods to adapt to containment, to help combat the effects of the health crisis, and to analyze its consequences as our economists have done.

The school, and especially our laboratories, took action in delivering gloves and masks to hospitals and many other projects are already emerging.

The school staff has been on all possible fronts to keep the school running and to invent new ways of working.

Finally, students demonstrated their solidarity, by volunteering to carry out remote tutoring for high school students, to work on innovative projects, and provide concrete solutions in regard to the current pandemic.

In coordination with its partners at Institut Polytechnique de Paris, we have organized ourselves in the best possible way in order to guarantee the continuation of our school’s essential daily tasks and to give us the means to continue carrying out our ambitions of excellence for the promotion of the School – all of this thanks to the commitment of each and every one of you.

The École Polytechnique Alumni Association (AX) did its best so that alumni can help offer remote working internships for our 3rd year students who were scheduled to leave this week for their research internships.

The values of innovation, creativity and common good, deeply rooted in our School’s DNA, will help us to overcome this crisis.

I have confidence in our ability to be resilient and adaptable, and I am convinced that the École Polytechnique community as a whole will be able to collectively overcome these difficult times.


Eric Labaye,

President of École Polytechnique

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