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Personal Development and Leadership Training

Development of Relational and Managerial Skills
The personal development, military and sports training which is unique in a French engineering school, allows students to develop qualities on several different levels:
-Openness to others: sense of ethics and public interest, teamwork,
-Openness to the world: adaptation, international experience,
-Personal development: self-awareness and control, ability to communicate and lead, physical qualities and commitment to sports.

Personal Development and Military Training
Personal development and military training takes place in the first year of the Engineering Program. It takes place in two stages:
> Basic Military Training Period
> Personal Development Internship

Personal Development Through Sport
After initial military training, students continue to work together in groups and cultivate a sense of public interest through sport.
From the end of the first year of the Engineering Program onwards, students choose their sports section from 15 possibilities: athletics, rowing, basketball, orienteering and trekking, horse riding, climbing, fencing, football, golf, handball, judo, swimming, rugby, tennis and volleyball.
The sports section remains the same for the duration of the student's time at the École, that is, for second and third year sports courses. Students must practice one of the fifteen sports for six hours a week. Military officers and sports professionals are excused from this activity.

"Keynote speaker" conferences
To allow students to reflect on their future position within the business world, expand their knowledge of the major societal stakes and compare their experience with highly meaningful testimonials, distinguished guests are regularly invited to the École Polytechnique.
- Keynote speaker conferences are intended for year two students and are testimonials of people involved in civil society or public interest causes.
- Conferences on International Relations are aimed at year three students.
- "Professions" and "Businesses" Conferences are predominately aimed at second year students and address business-related problems.

The following speakers have been coming to the École Polytechnique since 2013: Éric and Nicolas Altmayer (producers of the OSS 117 films), Gérard Araud (UN ambassador), Jacques Attali (economist, writer and French senior official), Albert Dupontel (actor and director), Laurent Fabius (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Geneviève Fioraso (Minister of Higher Education and Research), Serge Haroche (Nobel laureate in physics in 2012), Alexandre de Juniac (French entrepreneur, current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM), Patrice Leconte (director), Jean-Yves Le Drian (Minister of Defense), Jean-Marie Le Méné (judge at the Cour des comptes (French Government Accounting Office) and Chairman of the Fondation Jérôme-Lejeune), Marc Lièvremont (French former rugby union and rugby sevens player, former  head coach of the French national rugby union team), Arnaud Montebourg (Minister of Industrial Renewal), Roger Myerson (2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), Xavier Niel (Founder of Free), Guillaume Pépy (Chairman and CEO of SNCF), Christiane Taubira (Minister of Justice).