X, founding member of Université Paris-Saclay
An international academic project
Two universities, ten grandes écoles and seven research bodies decided to come together to work on a shared project: the Université de Paris-Saclay. Together, these nineteen founding establishments, which are diverse but complementary, offer a very high standard of training. In addition, their interdisciplinary projects are recognized in France and abroad as playing a leading role in terms of scientific potential. By strengthening the bonds between the grandes écoles and universities, the project seeks to meet the challenge of global competition as regards teaching, research and innovation.
X, a pioneer school at the Plateau de Saclay
École Polytechnique joined the Plateau de Saclay as early as 1976, joining CNRS, ONERA, CEA, Université Paris-Sud and Supélec. Since it was first established on the Plateau, the École Polytechnique has been committed to teaching and research partnerships. The school has acted like a magnet, attracting other universities and companies to the campus, where they have gradually built facilities as well. In December 2013, X was also the first establishment to integrate Université Paris-Saclay into its logo.
A high-quality scientific project
The ambition is to create a major research university based on the development of a continuum from basic sciences to applied sciences using the strengths, abilities, diversity and wealth of experience of the various players. With this aim in mind, the researchers from the École Polytechnique Research Center are already working in close collaboration with their academic partners at Université de Paris-Saclay. The Polytechnique Laboratories are all joint research units with CNRS.
In particular, the different establishments interact through their mutual involvement in future investment projects, namely Laboratoires d’Excellence (Labex) and Equipement d’Excellence (Equipex) run by the Université Paris-Saclay. X is involved in eight Equipex projects and ten Labex projects.
A unique doctoral school
Around 25,000 Master’s and PhD students study at Université Paris-Saclay. It offers a shared training program. From 2015 onwards, a shared doctoral school will award a doctorate diploma from Université Paris-Saclay. By adopting this communal approach, École Polytechnique confirms its role as a driving force in the creation of Université Paris-Saclay's training coordination structures (Schools). X is also contributing to this approach by transferring the majority of its masters and PhDs to the Université Paris-Saclay Doctoral School. As a result, ten percent of theses at Université Paris-Saclay will be from École Polytechnique.
X, at the heart of the Paris-Saclay ecosystem
Paris-Saclay, a campus renowned for its appeal
Paris-Saclay was ranked one of the top eight most important innovation clusters in the world by the magazine published by former students of the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Paris-Saclay cluster generates fifteen percent of French industrial R&D and provides 35,000 jobs in the advanced technology sector.
Major groups such as Danone, Thales, Horiba and EDF have already established their research centers alongside École Polytechnique. Safran, Zodiac, PSA, Kraft Food, EADS and Air Liquide are also present on the Paris-Saclay campus alongside innovative SMEs and mid-market companies such as Carmat, Quantel, Leosphere and V-Motech.
The École Polytechnique neighborhood, a center of excellence
A new neighborhood that is currently being built around École Polytechnique will soon be the heart of engineering at Paris-Saclay. The École Polytechnique neighborhood will become a campus grouping together companies' teaching and research activities and start-ups, as well as housing, businesses and other services and centers of cultural exchange. The Institut d’Optique Graduate School, ENSTA ParisTech and ONERA have already joined the X campus. When complete, this neighborhood will bring together seven engineering schools and a national research body.
New building projects led by X at Paris-Saclay
École Polytechnique has equipped itself with new laboratories with a surface area of more than 86,000 square feet, aiming mainly to develop research in physics, fluid mechanics, meteorology and biology. Construction for this additional research space began in September 2013 and constitutes part of École Polytechnique’s growth policy. Other building projects such as the construction of urban spaces, a shared teaching center and a hall for various sport activities will contribute to the development of the neighborhood. These projects demonstrate X’s commitment to playing a driving role in the development of Université Paris-Saclay’s scientific project, and beyond this to helping the Paris-Saclay cluster to become a leading development actor in the greater Paris area.
Development of public transport
As early as 2023, the Paris-Saclay campus will welcome three train stations on Line 18 of the Grand Paris Express metro network. In the short term, renovation plans for the southern part of the RER B train line will make it possible to offer a high-quality service to campus users.
Soft mobility will also be developed for all users with, in particular, the creation of a network of cycle lanes on and off campus.
Paris-Saclay in figures
-10,500 researchers and researching professors
-8,000 publications per year
-Represents 10% of French public research
-3 Nobel prizes in physics
-6 Fields medals (mathematics)
-More than 70 ERC Grants (15% France, 2% Europe)
-5,700 PhD students
-23,000 Master’s students
-Foreign students and researchers: 23% of the university’s total population
-The French government has invested more than 5 billion euro over the past ten years.
-Private housing programs for families and students: 15,000 housing offers
-An urbanized campus of 740 acres