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Academic Excellence

Eric Betzig, Chemistry Nobel laureate, giving a lecture at l'X

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.


Université Paris-Saclay

École Polytechnique is located at the heart of Université Paris-Saclay, ranked among the top eight competitiveness clusters in the world by the MIT Technology Review. With over 60,000 students and 10,500 scientists and professors, this 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.

Being at the heart of this vibrant scientific community and taking advantage of its network is also part of the experience given to all of our students.