The École Polytechnique leadership team is composed of several Boards and Committees, namely: the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Academics and Research Council, the Pre-Planning Committee, and the Post-Planning Committee.
The Board of Directors
Led by the President, the Board of Directors is composed of the Director-General, representatives of the State, faculty members, students, alumni, leading figures from higher education and research establishments, and top executives from public and private organizations.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is composed of eleven members, including the President, the Director-General, and the Vice President for Academics and Research.
The Academics and Research Council
The Academics and Research Council advises the President of the Board of Directors on all aspects of the school's development in academics, research, and innovation. The Council provides remarks and suggestions to constantly improve and evolve the school's academic programs and curriculum. It also guides the school's strategies in promoting research and innovation.
The Pre-Planning Board
The Pre-Planning Board informs the Board of Directors on their decisions relating to the competitive entrance exams (test structure and organization, selection of examiners, seat distribution by subject and category) and presents the performance report of the preceeding year's entrance exam. It stays abreast of the expected changes in preparatory classes as well as in the École Polytechnique curriculum.
The Post-Planning Board
The Post-Planning Board reports to the École Polytechnique Board of Directors. It analyzes the needs and expectations of the future employers of École Polytechnique graduates - businesses, administrative offices, research organizations - and advises the Board of Directors. It provides suggestions and opinions regarding the various academic programs and the students' employability and preparedness for their careers according to the evolving demands of the business world.
ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 36% of students and 39% of faculty members).
École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 22 laboratories, 21 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is also a pioneer and leading institution of the major scientific and economic cluster, Paris-Saclay, bringing together top French higher education and research institutions, as well as R&D centers of prominent international companies.