École Polytechnique (also known by the nickname "X") is one of France’s highest-ranked institutions. It is one of the leading French 'Grande Écoles' in engineering. It currently has over 5000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The École was established in 1794 , as a military academy. Although no longer a military academy, it is still supervised the French ministry of Defence. In 2014, the École became a founding member of the confederated "University of Paris in Saclay".
Amongst its alumni it boasts three Nobel prize winners, one Fields Medalist, three Presidents of France and many CEOs of leading international companies.