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1 EUA-EPFL Doc-Careers 2010 Doctoral EPFL

2 A Changing Environment

3 Global Context A Changing World The knowledge economy «In 2006, the world has produced more transistors than grains of rice» Samuel Palmisano, Chairman & CEO of IBM Welcome to the knowledge economy where the human capital will be an essential element of competitiveness

4 A Changing Landscape The Industrial Context A changing industrial environment A need for a new type of leader for the «knowledge economy» -> Innovation processes are more focused and faster -> Corporate R&D structures and capacities are evolving -> Growing outsourcing to «virtual labs» -> Creation of research centers on academic campuses -> SMEs must adapt to these changes

5 A Changing Landscape The Academic Context A changing academic environment The context of graduate education -> A worldwide competitive environment -> PhD students and graduates are the vectors for the generation and transfer of knowledge -> Approximately 60 70% of PhD graduate work in the private sector -> Academia and industry must be partners in speeding up the innovation and developing new forms of collaboration

6 A Changing Landscape Consequences Role of PhD students for universities The current issues -> Research Universities rely heavily on PhD students for their research output -> Main emphasis given to research ( publish or perish ) -> Little emphasis given to business and social skills development -> PhD students often represent the human capital behind start-ups development and transfer of technology for SME

7 A Changing Landscape Consequences A challenge for universities Develop graduate education -> Recruit first-rate faculty -> Develop graduate education -> Provide attractive fellowships -> Teach in English ->... and provide attractive campus infrastructures Academic institutions need to adapt and evolve

8 The EPFL View of Graduate Education

9 EPFL Vision Strategy EPFL vision for PhD education -> A clear responsibility towards training and education -> Academia as an incubator for economic development and social well-being -> Recruit the best graduate students worldwide -> Increase collaboration to have breadth of knowledge, experience and access to facilities -> Develop flexible models of collaboration with industry

10 Implementing the Vision Concrete Initiatives Create a vibrant doctoral school Objectives -> Attract the best candidates worldwide -> Insure adequate funding for every doctoral candidate -> Reinforce the formal training of graduate students -> Promote transdisciplinary graduate programs -> Strengthen dialogue with industry

11 EPFL Education Doctoral Students Steady increase of PhD students 2'000 November 2010: 1,901 PhD Students 1'800 1'600 1'400 1'200 1' : 354 PhD Students

12 Implementing the Vision Graduate Education EPFL PhD Graduates -> On average : one PhD / day! -> As many doctoral degrees were awarded in 2009 as there were granted between 1920 to > More than half of EPFL doctorates were awarded in this last decade -> Today, nearly 1/3 of our enrolling students are women and 80% are from foreign countries -> 50% of EPFL PhD Alumni are working abroad

13 EPFL Education Undergraduate/Graduate EPFL as a Research University 8'000 Nb of students * '000 6'000 5'000 PhD Graduates 48% 4'000 Master 3'000 2'000 1'000 Diploma Bachelor Undergraduates 52% * CMS and postgraduate students not included

14 EPFL Education Recruitment Origin of PhD students (354) (1901) 45.2% 47.1% 27.4% 26.9% 18.2% 8.2% 6.4% 10.7% AMERICA SWISS 8.2% EUROPE ASIA 1.3% AFRICA 0.3% 0.1% OCEANIA A clear trend towards internationalization

15 EPFL Research European Grants ERC Grants Ranking The top universities in Basic Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering 1 University of Cambridge 35 UK 2 EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 34 CH 3 ETHZ - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 29 CH University of Oxford 29 UK 5 Weizmann Institute of Science 26 ISR 6 Imperial College 24 UK 7 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 21 ISR 8 Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 15 ISR 9 University College London 13 UK Universität Zürich 13 CH Karolinska Institutet 13 SE Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 13 BE 13 University of Bristol 12 UK including interdisciplinary research, excl. social sciences and humanities Nb grants / institution (12 grants or more)

16 EPFL Research External Funding Top Universities for the FP7 programs Organization Country Nb M Euros 1 University of Cambridge UK EPFL CH University of Oxford UK ETHZ CH Imperial College London UK University College London UK Katholieke Universiteit Leuven BEL Karolinska Institutet SWE University of Edinburgh UK Lunds Universitet SWE Weizmann Institute of Science ISR Kobenhavns Universitet DK University of Manchester UK TUM - Technische Universität München DE DTU - Danmarks Tekniske Universitet DK Interim Evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme: Report of the Expert Group, Final Report 12 November 2010

17 International Rankings Publications Leiden Ranking EU Top-100 rank by CPP/FCSm : EPFL and ETH Zurich at the top! CPP = average number of citations per publication calculated corrected for self citations FCSm (mean Field Citation Score) = mean citation rate of the fields in which the institute/group is active source : CWTS Leiden

18 International Rankings Visibility According to scientific publications Rank University Country Nb publications Citations/ publication Crown Indicator 1 MIT USA Princeton University USA UC Santa Barbara USA Harvard University USA UC Berkeley USA Caltech USA Stanford University USA Georgia Institute of Technology USA UC San Francisco USA University Washington Seattle USA University Chicago USA Columbia University USA University Texas Dallas USA UC San Diego USA EPFL CH Johns Hopkins University USA Duke University USA Yale University USA University Colorado Boulder USA UC Los Angeles USA Northwestern University USA University Pennsylvania USA University North Carolina Chapel Hill USA UC Irvine USA University Michigan Ann Harbor USA UC Los Alamos National Laboratory USA Boston University USA Cornell University USA Tufts University USA NYU USA Washington University Saint Louis USA ETHZ CH University Cambridge UK University Oxford UK University Rochester USA Top universities worldwide CWTS Leiden, period , largest 250

19 Implementing the Vision Networks A unique situation for tech transfer

20 Innovate & Transfer Stimulate and Support A place to innovate Science Park with 100 companies College of management of technology Tech transfer services Entrepreneurship program Coaching Innovation network 10 new companies / year

21 Innovate & Transfer Technology Licensing Invention & technology disclosures A positive trend Priority patent appl. Licenses, TT agr. & options Start-ups

22 Innovate & Transfer Create Jobs Others EPFL start-ups following Energy -environment Sensors Electrical -electronics Micro -nanotech Mechanical Medtech Nb start-ups Biotech IT

23 Implementing the Vision Entrepreneurship Support Innovation Innogrants financial support for young talents and entrepreneurs

24 Concrete Results Start-ups Create jobs

25 EPFL Campus Overview Campus 2010 Conference Center 2013 Rolex Learning Center open Innovation Square Students Housing Hotel Extension Sport Center open open 2012

26 Implementing the Vision Support Innovation Create adequate infrastructure The EPFL Garage for young entrepreneurs and start-ups The Innovation Square an ideal location for tenants Logitech Alcan Cisco Credit Suisse Nokia Debiopharm Nestlé Elca The Science Park (PSE) and support organizations for innovation (FIT, Polytech) photo: Thomas Jantscher

27 EPFL Campus Support Innovation The Innovation EPFL Current occupation of buildings G A D B C Filled 100 % D PSE Science Park F Crédit Suisse H Nestlé Institute of Health Science (NIHS) K Logitech H I F J E K Being filled E Cisco, Alcan, Elca, Continuing Education G Debiopharm, Caris, NIHS J Nokia Work in progress I Several ongoing contacts 2012 : ~ R&D staff working on EPFL campus

28 Implementing the Vision Concrete Initiatives Strengthen dialogue with industry -> Top-level dialogue with national and international industry leaders and associations -> EPFL Strategic Advisory Board -> Industrial advisory committee for PhD -> Industry members of audit committees -> Industry members of thesis juries -> EPFL Career Center -> Regular surveys of PhD Alumni -> PhD Alumni data base / association while keeping our academic freedom

29 Thank you for your attention

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