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Forum Teratec 2021
Plenary session
Thursday 24 June 2021 (morning)

Higher education and research institutions, shapers of a sovereign and innovative European Union
Eric Labaye, President, École Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Higher education and research institutions have a key role in advancing our knowledge and mastery of digital technologies, crucial for Europe’s sovereignty. École Polytechnique is one of them. For 227 years, its mission has been to serve the common good and give its students a strong scientific and general culture, enabling them to occupy highly qualified jobs. With the launch of Institut Polytechnique de Paris in 2019, the School reaffirmed alongside the four other member schools, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis, its ambition to change tomorrow’s world and to act on subjects with a strong societal impact. With the aim to help shape a resilient, sovereign and innovative European Union, Institut Polytechnique de Paris and École Polytechnique excel at education and research in key areas for the future: Artificial Intelligence, computing high performance, quantum sciences and technologies, defense and cybersecurity, and energy transition. Their actions are based on a shared conviction: the need for an interdisciplinary approach to build bridges between fundamental research and technology, and thus generate cutting-edge innovations. Institut Polytechnique de Paris and five other European universities, TUM in Munich, DTU in Copenhagen, TU in Eindhoven, EPFL in Lausanne, and Technion in Israel, join forces as part of the EuroTech Alliance, in order to meet the growing demand for engineers, contribute to Europe's technological competitiveness and work for scientific and technological progress on an international scale.

Biography: Eric Labaye is President of École Polytechnique, a major French institution of higher education and research in sciences and engineering and President of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, created by École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis in 2019. He serves on the board of Telecom Paris, the International Advisory Boards of ESSEC and Waterloo University, and the Board of Advisors of the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po. Eric Labaye was formerly Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the France office, led the firm’s Global Knowledge and Communication and was a member of the Shareholders Council of the firm (Global Board) for ten years, of which he chaired the Client Committee. Eric Labaye is a graduate from École Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech and holds an MBA with distinction (Henry Ford II award) from INSEAD.

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