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First visit of Éric Labaye in the USA as the President of École Polytechnique

Late April, Éric Labaye visited different partners in California to discuss existing and future collaborations.

Éric Labaye, the new President of École Polytechnique visited ITS Berkeley on April 29, 2019, to discuss current and future collaborations between UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, ITS Berkeley and l’X. Since the Memorandum of Cooperation in 2014 between ITS Berkeley and École Polytechnique, the two institutions have been collaborating on Learn2Launch, the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program that brings French students to the University of California, Berkeley for a hands-on semester-long entrepreneur degree. This program hosted its sixth cohort this year, including numerous students from l’X.

“We have a tremendous history with École Polytechnique, and it has been so exciting to create, collaborate, and foster programs through our two institutions to provide new and innovative opportunities for students,” said ITS Berkeley Director Alexandre Bayen.

This visit was also the opportunity for Éric Labaye to meet with Alexandre Bayen, ITS Berkeley Director, Shankar Sastry, Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, Lee Fleming, Director of the Fung Institute, Costas Spanos, Director of CITRIS, and Larry Rohrbough, Executive Director of TRUST for a discussion on the existing and future partnerships with the Siebel Energy Institute.

Potential future collaborations with the College of Engineering were also discussed with its Dean, Tsu-Jae Liu and Anthony St. George, Assistant Dean.

After meeting with alumni from l’X who are now professors at Berkeley, Eric Labaye met with around 60 alumni at an event at la Residence de France in San Francisco, invited by Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul general of France, and Eric Setton, Chairman of Friends of École Polytechnique. It was the occasion to announce that the fundraising campaign of la Fondation de l’X had raised 68.5 million of euros for now. While he was pleased with this result, which enables to finance many projects, he also called on the alumni to remain mobilized to make this campaign a collective success.

The following day, the president of École Polytechnique visited Stanford University where he met with students from the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program studying there for a semester.