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Japanese Spring at l'X

2017 began at l'X with the exhibition "Japan seen by Ingénieur Polytechnicien students"; the fourth edition of this exhibition was held from the beginning of January to the end of February at École Polytechnique. The relationship of l'X with the Land of the Rising Sun is anchored in a longer term.

Each year, the city of Yokosuka organizes a ceremony commemorating the contribution of Ingénieur Polytechnicien student Leonce Verny to the construction of Japan's first modern naval arsenal at the end of the 19th century. Today,  École Polytechnique maintains regular relations with the Japanese government and its representatives in France. The Ambassadors of Japan in France are regularly invited to l'X to give lectures and exchange with students. The Embassy also selects every year some Ingénieur Polytechnicien students for a discovery trip to Japan in the framework of the MIRAI program. In 2015 l'X received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, the President of École Polytechnique Jacques Biot also visited Japan the year after in order to meet the members of the Prime Minister's Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. On March 6th, 2017, l'X hosted His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Masato Kitera, for a conference on the topic "International Closure" as part of its Languages and Cultures Week organized every year by X-Cultures Student Association.

École Polytechnique is also proud of its relations with its Japanese academic partners as the University of Tokyo, which invites every year Ingénieur Polytechnicien students for Master's programs and research internships. The University of Tokyo has also chosen École Polytechnique as a partner institution for its Hands On Activities program, which allows l'X to host a dozen of students from the University of Tokyo who come to discover École Polytechnique and France. The two institutions have recently organized the second edition of their entrepreneurial project Hackathon.

New scientific collaborations are regularly established. The Leprince-Ringuet laboratory of École Polytechnique, which participated in the famous Japanese Super-Kamiokande experiment studying the neutrinos coming from the cosmos, is a good example. In addition, the doctoral college of Sciences and Techniques of NARA, The Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films of École Polytechnique and CNRS have joined forces in order to create a satellite laboratory dedicated to high-performance perovskite solar cells. Finally, the the Laboratory for Use of Intense Lasers of l’X and the University of Osaka formalized their partnership at the institutional level at the beginning of the year after 15 years of very close collaboration.

Ecole Polytechnique also puts industrial partnerships at the heart of its relations with Japan, maintaining close relations with Horiba, its neighbor on the plateau de Saclay, which receives its students for internships and collaborates with l'X in the framework of The Photovoltaic Institute of Ile-de-France, or Fujitsu, which recently announced the creation of a Center of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence at École Polytechique.

L'X is happy to maintain a close relationship with Japan and seeks to strengthen its collaborations with the Land of the Rising Sun in various fields. As for the exhibition "Japan seen by Ingénieur Polytechnicien students", it is currently held (from March 10th to June 6th, 2017) at the Yokosuka Museum in Japan.