Ecole Polytechnique and Paris-Sud 11 University strengthen their ties with the new double degree agreementTuesday 19 may 2009
The Ecole Polytechnique and Paris-Sud 11 University are signing a double degree agreement which connects their respective Undergraduate, Engineering and Master's courses.
The École Polytechnique and Paris-Sud 11 University thereby hope to:
- develop an interesting course of study together on a national and international scale
- facilitate student mobility between universities and private Grandes Ecoles (“Ivy League” schools) in France,
- enhance the options of these students through the multidisciplinary approach,
- increase the diversity of students at both institutions,
- bring together teams of lecturers.
"A common desire to develop and enhance the appeal of the university course"
This double degree is a long-term commitment by both institutes, which is both symbolic and meaningful in signifying a new stage in our cooperation. It marks an important step in the dynamics of the Paris-Saclay Campus operation towards eliminating the University/Private school divide in France and facilitating cross-fertilisation and the diversity of student populations. It contributes towards the development of a large-scale higher education and research campus.
"A combined course by the two institutions for the benefit of university students"
This new program is based on a course which combines an undergraduate degree or first year Master’s study at Paris-Sud 11 University for the first phase, with a second phase at the Ecole Polytechnique in the "Engineering" cycle, and a final phase at Paris-Sud 11 University in the final year Master’s or the second year of a master’s program common to both institutions:
- During their undergraduate degree and first Master year, students selected by the Paris-Sud 11 University undertake additional courses to acquire the prerequisites for the "Engineering" cycle.
- Students from the Paris-Sud 11 University who pass the entrance exam for the Ecole Polytechnique through the university (terms specific to university students) are then accepted into this school's "Engineering" cycle. They undertake their studies at the Ecole Polytechnique for three years under the same conditions as Polytechnique students admitted by other avenue.
- Following these three years, they complete the "Polytechnique" cycle by joining the last year of their original master's degree or the second year of a Research Master's program. After passing that year, they receive diplomas from both partner institutions: the Master's degree from the Paris-Sud 11 University and the undergraduate degree from the Ecole Polytechnique.