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École Polytechnique develops renewable energy partnerships in Morocco

François Bouchet, Director-General of École polytechnique, will be travelling to Morocco on February 1st and 2nd, 2018 to sign a series of cooperation agreements with the best engineering schools in Morocco in the field of cutting-edge training in solar and renewable energy.

Moroccan students are the third most represented nationality at École Polytechnique, with around 100 students. There is also a large community of alumni of l’X who hold high-level posts in Morocco.

Based on these firm foundations, l’X has undertaken to develop cooperation links over the past few years with Moroccan academic institutions engaged in developing the field of renewable energy, a sector which has now become a priority for its work in Morocco.

L’X has now decided to develop new collaborative projects to train Moroccan engineers in renewable energies, as part of its Master’s program, Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM). The program relies on a multidisciplinary and transversal approach to energy and environmental issues. Moroccan graduates of the program will be well-equipped to meet the challenges of generating and supplying renewable energy in the 21st-century.

Director-General of École Polytechnique  François Bouchet will be signing several academic and partnership agreements during his visit, with four major institutions in Casablanca and Rabat: École Hassania des Travaux Publics (EHTP), École Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (EMI), École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Rabat (ENSMR) and École nationale supérieure d'électricité et mécanique (ENSEM).  These agreements will ensure that training for Moroccan experts in the sector will be provided at the highest level.

His Excellency Mr. Saaïd Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, will attend the signature ceremony in the presence of  l’X and the four Moroccan institutions on February 1st. This event will represent a strong symbol of the Moroccan government’s commitment to developing training and research in renewable energy.

The agreement follows on from the partnership agreed in 2017 with the Institut de Recherche en Énergie solaire et Énergies nouvelles du Maroc (IRESEN – Moroccan Institute for Research on Solar Energy and New Energy), which aims to promote exchanges by undertaking joint academic, research and development projects in the photovoltaic solar energy sector. These will benefit from the expertise developed by École Polytechnique in the fields of renewable energy, thin layers, photovoltaics and entrepreneurship.

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.


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