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L'X participated in the EuroTech Universities High Level Event 2018

The EuroTech Universities High Level Event 2018 took place on November 6th at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union. École Polytechnique was represented by its President Eric Labaye, and its researchers François Alouges, Professor for Applied Mathematics, and Thierry Rayna, Professor of Innovation Management.

To address their changing role in society, universities need to embrace initiatives in support of Open Science, interdisciplinarity, innovative education, entrepreneurship, as well as collaboration with industry. At its annual High-Level Event in Brussels organized on November 6th, the EuroTech Universities Alliance facilitated a very timely and encouraging debate on the role of university alliances in driving the "University of the Future". Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique, participated in the panel discussion on the role of Universities of Science and Technology in achieving societal impact and highlighted the role of universities as key allies to promote new approaches to address European societal issues.

As part of the Alliance’s joint mission to address major societal challenges by connecting innovation ecosystems across borders, the EuroTech Universities are at the forefront of promoting modernization, excellence and societal impact.

With Horizon Europe and the Modernization of European Higher Education high on the agenda, the event stimulated a high-level debate on the opportunities and challenges the “university of the future” is facing – and what this means for future EU policies and programs.

On this occasion, François Alouges, Professor for Applied Mathematics at École Polytechnique, presented Digital 3D sound concept created for people with disabilities and illustrated how could science enable blind people to do sports, highlighting the potential of 3D sound technology. Thierry Rayna, Professor of Innovation Management at l’X talked about the role of universities in terms of open innovation and science and gave his opinion on the European Open Science label that could be included in the next call for European Universities.

L'X officially joined the strategic partnership of leading universities of science and technology Eurotech on June 7th in the international setting of the Technical University of Munich’s 150th anniversary symposium.

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