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The Alliance Program is a unique joint venture between

> Columbia University
> École Polytechnique

> Sciences Po

> Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

For an overview of the program, download our brochure




Building on the existing bilateral actions of cooperation among its members, such as student and faculty exchange programs, joint and dual degrees, the Alliance Program endeavors to develop new initiatives.


Alliance’s challenge is to develop joint research projects on issues that are relevant to its main thematic orientation. Such initiatives may involve other American and European partner universities on a case-by-case basis.


It is Alliance's constant preoccupation to improve the transatlantic public policy dialogue with key issues of our time. The Alliance Program endeavors to open a space for discussion between private sector executives, public policy-makers and academics. Alliance builds on the diversity of its partners and on their intrinsic plurality to promote durable cooperation across disciplines, from hard to social sciences.

For more than two hundred years, Ecole Polytechnique, the most prestigious educational establishment in France, has been dedicated to educating students in Science and Technology and in advanced research, at the highest level.

The mission of Ecole Polytechnique is to train students capable of devising and achieving complex and innovative projects at the highest-level possible, thanks to a strong pluriscientific culture. The Ecole's mission is also to train young men and women in leadership skills so that they can become tomorrow's outstanding scientists, researchers, managers and public officials.

Ecole Polytechnique has been regularly ranked at the top of undergraduate and graduate programs in Science and Technology among the French Grandes Ecoles. It is also considered as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in Science in the world.

For more information please visit the École Polytechnique website.





Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.