In December 2016, Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, and Malcom Turbnull, Australian Minister of Defence, ratified the sale of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines by DCNS, the French naval builder, to Australia. Within this context, four French Grandes Écoles joined together under the name of “Groupe des Grandes École pour la Marine Australienne” (Group of Grandes Écoles for Australian Navy - GEMA) in order to facilitate relations between GEMA members and Australian universities in one hand and DCNS on the other.
ENSTA ParisTech, on behalf of ENSTA Group, Centrale Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique joined together in a consortium “Groupe des Grandes Écoles pour la Marine Australienne” after France sold 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines to the Australian Navy in late December.
The consortium aims at fostering academic relationships between France’s leading Grandes Écoles and Australian Universities and will in particular set up academic programs and technology transfers related to the Future Submarine Program.
As part of the GEMA agreement, academic collaborations will be set up such as new Masters and PhD programs, joint research programs, high-level scientists exchanges and grant programs.
Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia) has been the first Australian university to enter into an academic and research cooperation agreement with the GEMA. The collaboration agreement was signed on January 17th at a ceremony witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Ms. Susan Close.
ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique is the leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undegraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor’s degree, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master’s, Graduate Degree, PhD program 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 30% of students and 39% of faculty members).