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L'X signs a new partnership agreement with INP-HB, Ivory Coast

On October 18th, 2018, École Polytechnique signed a new partnership agreement with Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, in the presence of Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Frank Pacard, Provost of École Polytechnique and Director General of Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Côte d'Ivoire (INP-HB), Koffi N’Guessan, signed on October 18th a new cooperation agreement aimed at reinforcing the preparatory classes system in Ivory Coast. In the framework of this cooperation agreement, maths and physics teachers from Lycée Louis-le-Grand will share best practices with their colleagues from the Ivory Coast and provide their educational expertise. l'X will accompany and frame this project which is financed by Ivory Coast's C2D initiative (Debt Reduction and Development Contract).

This new agreement associates l'X once again to one of the most dynamic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, in one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.

Jean Bastianelli, Principal of Lycée Louis-le-Grand, participated in the signature ceremony that was held in Yamoussoukro in the presence of Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Several professors from Lycée Louis-le-Grand travelled to INP-HB this week in order to launch the collaboration.

This academic trip was also a great occasion to discuss the Master's program in Data Science that was supported by l'X in the framework of a partnership between Orange, INP-HB, École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée (ENSEA, Abidjan), and the Foundation of École Polytechnique. This new Master's program in Data Science was inaugurated in Ivory Coast on November 23, 2017, during a ceremony organized in Yamoussoukro. The first class of this new Master's program graduated the last year.

Furthermore, École Polytechnique regularly hosts students from the Ivory Coast in its academic programs and it is in 1981 that the first Ivorian student, Tidjane Thiam, entered l'X. Tidjane Thiam, who was very much esteemed by his professors at École Polytechnique, carried the flag and led his class for the parade on the Champs-Elysees, before leading an exceptional career in international banking. He became CEO of the Credit Suisse group in July 2015. Some Ivorian graduates of École Polytechnique have chosen to put their skills to the service of their country, and their careers are remarkable, much like Abdourahmane Cissé, X2001, former Ivorian Minister of the Budget, today Special Adviser to the President of the Republic, Ahmadou Bakayoko, X98, Managing Director of Ivorian Radio and Television and Kinapara Coulibaly, X99, Deputy General Director of the National Bureau of Technical Studies and Development. Other Ivorian alumni distinguished themselves in large companies around the world, such as Moussa Diaby, PhD Graduate of École Polytechnique in 2009, responsible for innovative projects at PSA Peugeot Citroën and President of the FADIV - the Federation of Associations of the Ivorian Diaspora.