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Collaborations and outreach

An essential vector of innovation

A common factor of success lies at the heart of all innovative endeavors, whether in the laboratory developing the technologies of tomorrow, or in the start-up that takes an invention to the market.

It is the main vector of innovation: well-trained people with their experience, their skills, their knowledge and know-how. They are the actors who create and carry a knowledge-based economy. They are the ones who ultimately turn science and technologies into jobs and socio-economic development and improvement.

EPFL, as a leading University of science and technology, provides a world-class environment where internationally-renowned faculty, researchers and students interact, and where collaborations take place with industry and academic partners to foster and generate innovation in its various forms.


Polytechnic and multidisciplinary training

The first mission of EPFL is to train scientists, engineers and architects, who become technology leaders, scientific researchers, and innovators; young talented graduates endowed with critical thinking, prepared to take on challenges and responsibilities in the world of tomorrow.

Students receive a strong polytechnic training and are confronted with complex problems and research projects that are often multidisciplinary and involve multi-level approaches. They have the opportunity to interact with companies through an enhanced internship program, which also benefits the companies hosting them.

EPFL Middle East, along its scientific focus areas of sustainability embodies the same vocation, in what is essentially an extension of EPFL in the Middle East. Students enrolling in MSc and PhD programs are exposed to the same environment and engage in the same training and growing experience.


Collaborations with Industry

The research effort of EPFL Middle East focuses on specific topics at the heart of sustainable development: wind, renewable energies and energy management, water resources, sustainable urban and architectural design, sustainable multimodal transportation. Research is conducted jointly between Ras Al Khaimah and Lausanne.

Projects, typically at the PhD or MSc level, are developed for their potential or planned applications in contexts that are relevant for the region. They are of high scientific level and generally imply collaborations with a local institutional or private partner to ensure both pertinence and value.

Examples of such projects can be found in our research section. They include for example, the adaptation of Swiss construction standards for hot and arid climates, the design of new micro-electronic devices to enable micro-powergrids with real-time monitoring and sampling, applied mathematical approaches of robust processes and disruption recovery in ports operations, to name a few.

Collaborations with industry provide a positive environment for research with mutual benefits. Projects are completely non-disruptive to the operations, and provide the partner-company with a competitive access to new technologies. Various forms of sponsoring are usually involved on a case-by-case basis.


Executive Education

EPFL Middle East offers executive short courses, which combine internationally known experts with a multi-disciplinary approach in order to allow professionals of different sectors a state-of-the-art training in their field of competence.

Courses generally take place at the EPFL Middle East facilities in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, but can also be organized and provided on-site if a company or Government Authority requests it. 

Short courses, alongside with graduate research projects conduct in partnership with companies, are part of our effort to transfer technology and share experience between the academic and professional environment. Our instructors bring the research and economic perspectives, in a stimulating and enriching multidisciplinary environment.

Participants come from diverse economic and industrial sectors, and have different backgrounds. They are exposed to and share of research results, new technologies, and compelling ways to apply all of these in their own field. Their experience in the courses goes beyond simply receiving instruction: they engage and get to see their markets from different perspectives; they share mutually beneficial experience and extend their professional networks.