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EPFL President Patrick Aebischer’s Message

Asking tomorrows questions today

EPFL, a European leader in education and research, is proud to share a common goal with the United Arab Emirates. EPFL Middle East is a collaboration between our institution in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Government of Ras al Khaimah, under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. This partnership is an expression of EPFL’s interest in the bourgeoning technological culture of the Emirates and its desire to be positioned in the Gulf Region at the gateway to Asia.

Together we are prepared to bring new solutions to energy sustainability practices. The UAE, like Switzerland, is a small country comprised of several different states. Our choice to build an EPFL campus in the northern-most emirate of the UAE comes from the aspiration to develop technologies that will have a positive impact on the future of both cultures – an ambitious but realistic enterprise. From a scientific perspective, Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE is an ideal location for focused research on the most important global challenges of this century such as renewable energy, water and energy security, sustainable urban environment and clean technologies.

By offering an educational curriculum that spans between the two campuses, students will have the opportunity to bring their scientific and technological education to fruition across two cultures – two distinct and complementary markets. Learning to adapt to technical difficulties in different climates as well as navigate culture differences in the management world is essential to giving students an international education. By providing our students in Lausanne and those coming from other institutions abroad this priceless opportunity, EPFL is affirming its place as a research university at the top of its game – a game that can only be won when scientific research is synonymous with education and experience.