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École Polytechnique joins EuroTech

Parisian university École Polytechnique has joined EuroTech universities alliance, which aims to find technical solutions which address the major challenges of modern society.

The Paris-based institution is the fifth member of the Alliance. Photo: Flickr/ Florencia Lewis

The alliance now has five members from five European nations

The alliance, founded seven years ago, is made up of five universities and it says the introduction of École Polytechnique as its latest member will strengthen the Alliance’s position as pioneer for inter-university collaboration.

“Our unique French offer will facilitate the connection of Europe’s strongest innovation hubs even further”

It will also provide new collaboration to reach the group’s targets.

“We are delighted to have France’s most distinctive university of science and engineering on board. With Macron’s call for the creation of European networks of universities, École Polytechnique’s accession is also politically very timely”, said Jan Mengelers, current President of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

“With the EuroTech Universities Alliance widely quoted as a model network, we are well positioned for the take-up of EU funding in the future, not least through the future Horizon Europe programme proposed by the European Commission today”, Mengelers continued.

The other four members of the alliance are: Technical University of Denmark, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology and Technical University of Munich.

“École Polytechnique offers innovative, international and multidisciplinary scientific programs in strategic fields, bringing together research staff and students to develop the latest technologies, with focus on artificial intelligence, energy transition, smart cities, healthcare or cybersecurity”, said Jacques Biot, president of École Polytechnique.

“Our unique French offer will boost the EuroTech Universities’ academic, scientific, entrepreneurial and corporate networks and will facilitate the connection of Europe’s strongest innovation hubs even further,” he added.

École Polytechnique’s Drahi X-Novation Center offers an ecosystem of prototyping space, early start-up acceleration, incubation, finance and open innovation with large multinationals.

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