Aebischer taking sabattical from EPFL

Philippe Gillet named temporary head from 1 August

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Patrick Aebischer, head of EPFL, in 2012, signing an agreement to work with canton Valais in the field of education

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Patrick Aebischer, whose has led EPFL, the federal polytechnic institute in Lausanne, through 13 tumultuous years of expansion and growing international recognition, will be taking a six-month leave of absence from 1 August to 31 January 2014.

Philippe Gillet, vice-president for academic affairs since 2010, will be the interim president during that periode and he will also chair the EPF, the federal body that oversees EPFL and ETH in Zurich.

Aebischer will use his sabbatical for research and experiments in the area of how people learn, with a focus on online education, particularly in French and English, in Africa. EPFL is one of the pioneers in the field, in Europe.