From the desk of the Consul General: Winter 2018 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
Facilitating scientific and academic cooperation is a major role of the consulate. Our jurisdiction is home to numerous private and public universities, among them some of the most prestigious in the United States. According to the U.S. News 2018 Best Universities rankings, Duke (NC) is 9th, Vanderbilt (TN) is 14th and Emory (Atlanta) is 20th. Among the "top" 35 establishments are also the University of North Carolina and the Georgia Institute of Technology, better known around here as Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech, a national leader in science and engineering, and France’s prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, better known as "l’X," signed an international mobility agreement in late November. L’X, which already has similar agreements with universities on the East Coast and in California, extends its geographical presence across the United States with the addition of Georgia Tech. Likewise, Georgia Tech has become the first of Polytechnique’s partners to be located outside of the two U.S. coasts
The agreement aims to facilitate student exchange and research at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In the case of l’X, students will be able to participate in both the French and English language. Future collaborations aimed at further developing bilateral projects will also involve Georgia Tech’s European campus, Georgia Tech-Lorraine, which is located in Metz, France. Congratulations to both universities! The consulate will, for our part, continue to explore possibilities for international cooperation, for l’X and other Grandes Ecoles, in the Southeast region.
Finally, it’s always a moving moment when we are able to honor American veterans who participated in the liberation of France between 1944 and 1945. We will never forget them. Here are the names of those who received the Legion of Honor during our ceremony in Indian Trail, North Carolina, on November 28 and in Douglasville, Georgia, on December 4: Jerome Levin (Charlotte, NC), Lewis Easterling (Mint Hill, NC), William Simpson (Raleigh, NC), Staley Johnson (Kannapolis, NC), Joseph Chall (Pittsboro, NC), Merle Hammersley (Durham, NC, malheureusement décédé) et Norman Turnipseed (Douglasville, GA). Their courage and their humility serve as a powerful lesson for all of us.
See you soon,
Louis de Corail
Consul General of France