L'X and NUS: 20 years of fruitful collaboration
On November 11th, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Grandes Écoles French Double Degree Program (FDDP), celebrated its 20th anniversary. École Polytechnique is part of the longest running academic collaboration between France and Singapore.
Every year, l'X receives several students from its academic partner, the National University of Singapore, and sends its students to Singapore in the framework of this double-degree program. On November 11th, Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique, represented l'X at a forum organized to facilitate knowledge exchange and dialogue on the changing higher education landscape in Singapore and France. The forum was jointly organised by NUS and its French partners, bringing together academia, industry partners, FDDP alumni and students. Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS President and Mr. Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique as well as President of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, delivered speeches on the changing landscape of higher education in Singapore and France, respectively.
From left to right: Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique and Tan Eng Chye, NUS President
Today, some 370 NUS and French students have graduated from the joint program. Over the years, the partnership has expanded to six Grandes Écoles, namely, École Centrale Paris (now merged with Supélec as CentraleSupélec), École Polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA Paris), École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom Paris), and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (École des Ponts ParisTech).
The joint program alumni enjoy good employability and are well sought after by employers in diverse industries. Many of them go on to assume management positions at reputable Singapore-based and French companies. Many of these alumni contribute significantly to their respective fields, bringing positive impact to businesses or society. Others have set up their own start-up or businesses.