1. You value academic excellence
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 Field Medal 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.
We are ranked 1st French Graduate School for Science and Technology in national rankings and 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 master classes and conferences.
As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs in France, with seven now up and running on the COURSERA platform and more under development.
2. You need to be at the center of high-level research
Its location in the heart of the Université Paris-Saclay research hub means that we can offer a unique platform to jump into the highly-developed world of industry and technology. Home to 10,500 researchers producing 8,000 publications per year, the center accounts for 15% of French public research. The cluster laboratories give our students access to research conducted by French and international businesses and research groups.
At l'X we have 600 researchers working with a €95 million research budget in 22 research centers, meaning that whichever of our eight major transverse fields you choose to focus on, you will be at the forefront of global innovation.
France ranks 6th worldwide in domestic spending on research and development, and this clearly pays off as so far 12 of 55 Field's Medals have been awarded to French nationals.
3. You want to explore more
We attribute the success of our alumni to the unique multidisciplinary training they receive here. High achievement in your chosen field of study is a given, but we want to go a step further and provide the comprehensive context and well-rounded intellect that will be essential when applying your skills in the wider world.
As a result, our courses include modules on Humanities subjects from Philosophy and Art History to Social Sciences and Languages, which makes studying at l'X a truly enriching experience. French taught as a foreign language is also available for our international students who are not native French speakers.
4. You believe small can be beautiful
With four students for every teacher, anonymity is not an option at l'X. We are a human-sized institution where every student counts. You will have the chance to forge your own identity with the guidance of teachers who take a personal interest in your research and development while valuing your opinions. The close link between students and professors is one of the reasons Times Higher Education ranked l'X the 3rd Best Small University in its 2015/16 world rankings and 19th in its 2016 Top 100 universities with the best student-to-staff ratio.
We do not believe that small means limited, but rather selective and coherent. This has helped us develop 200 international cooperation agreements with foreign universities. L'X holds 33 double degree agreements with institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia, offers ten dual degrees at Master and PhD level and is associated with three international labs. Closer to home, we have established industrial partnerships in the form of 18 academic and research chairs which allow you to carry out cutting-edge research and witness its real-life relevance to sponsor companies, which include Cisco, BNP and EDF.