L'X signs cooperation agreements with three Canadian universities
Frank Pacard, Provost of l'X, signed academic cooperation agreements with the Universities of Toronto, Montreal and Dalhousie University during his trip to Canada in April 2018.
L'X signed three cooperation agreements with its historical partner, Polytechnique Montreal, and new Canadian partners, University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, aimed at fostering academic cooperation, strengthening scientific and academic exchange opportunities and promoting international understanding.
Polytechnique Montreal is one of École Polytechnique's long-standing partners with whom l'X has been keeping agreements for over twenty years, but it has just begun cooperation with the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University.
University of Montreal
By signing these agreements, École Polytechnique hopes to pursue and strengthen collaborations with these Canadian universities, particularly with regard to student mobility. It intends to cooperate with the Canadian universities to be able to send its students off to study for a few months in Toronto, Montreal or Halifax, and in return, l'X will welcome students from those institutions to the École Polytechnique campus in France. The three agreements also focus on exchanges of professors and researchers. They will help strengthen collaborations, develop exchanges, and provide a source of mutual enrichment to the Canadian partners.
University of Toronto
Although each of the agreements signed with these partner universities covers a different scope, they share certain objectives and all have the same philosophy or approach. The agreements include an exchange program for undergraduate students, which will make certain procedures much easier for those who benefit from it, especially with regard to internship proposals and speeding up the process for acquiring a visa. L'X has also planned joint scholarship programs as part of the agreements, which will allow for increased mobility of promising students. Furthermore, the collaborations cover the creation of host programs for visiting professors and researchers, as well as joint tutoring agreements for PhD students.
The fact that École Polytechnique's classes in English are taught in a Francophone country will perfectly meet the expectations of students coming from a bilingual country like Canada, they will be thus able to learn while immersed in a French-speaking environment.