Éric Labaye, Président of École polytechnique, takes over the EuroTech presidency for 2022-2023

Éric Labaye, Président of École polytechnique, takes over the EuroTech presidency for 2022-2023

On June 1st, 2022, Éric Labaye, President of École polytechnique, took over the rotating presidency of the EuroTech Universities Alliance for the period 2022-2023. He succeeds Martin Vetterli, President of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Since 2018, École polytechnique has been part of EuroTech, a European strategic partnership of six leading universities of science and technology.

The EuroTech Universities Alliance brings together École polytechnique (l'X), Eindho-ven University of Technology (TU/e), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Combining the complementary strengths of its members, the Alliance furthers the acceleration of research in high-tech focus areas and hence contributes to build a strong, sustainable, sovereign and resilient Europe.

The members of the Alliance uphold strong values, which also guide their collaborations. They are joining forces to educate the best global talents who will become innovators and change agents of society, and also, to conduct first-class research to make major contri-butions to the grand societal challenges.

Since joining EuroTech, École polytechnique has been working to intensify academic re-lations and research partnerships in order to develop high-impact multilateral projects in the priority areas of the European Commission, such as Artificial Intelligence, Health and Bioengineering, Sustainable Development, Additive Manufacturing, Entrepreneur-ship and Innovation.

Furthermore, the Alliance offers several tailored programmes for different groups within the member universities, such as the EuroTechPostdoc2 fellowship programme, the Eu-ropean Venture Programme to support start-up founders and a programme inviting re-searchers to visit one of the member universities to meet their peers. It also initiated the "EuroTeQ Engineering University", a European University, which offers professors and students the opportunity to implement and experiment new teaching and learning for-mats, with the aim to train European engineers of tomorrow.

As an extension of the projects set up within EuroTech, Éric Labaye's ambition will be to raise awareness among all the Alliance's students of the responsibility they have as actors committed to a more sustainable development, to intensify the actions carried out by the member universities, and to encourage the creation of collaborative and sustainable value in technology.

"I am very pleased to take over from my counterpart at EPFL, Martin Vetterli, to chair the EuroTech Alliance for 2022-2023. The coming year will be marked by three priori-ties: impact, sustainability and collaboration. It means raising awareness and increasing visibility of EuroTech and the partner universities to our students, our institutions and society, especially to European decision-makers, but also pursuing a sustainable ap-proach to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and intensifying the col-laboration between researchers and students of the six EuroTech Universities" stated Eric Labaye.

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