An Australian first: The University of Sydney partners with a French COMUE [fr]
On November 4th, Nicolas CROIZER, Consul General of France, attended the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of understanding between the University of Sydney and the French COMUE (a cluster of Universities and research organizations) Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC).
This five-year agreement is the first to be concluded between a French COMUE and an Australian university. It offers new exciting perspectives for large scale and high impact strategic cooperation in higher education and research between France and Australia.
This agreement sets up a consistent institutional framework through which the USPC institutions (including Science Po Paris, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Université Paris Descartes, Université Paris Diderot, IPGP) will strategically develop joint actions with The University of Sydney on interdisciplinary projects addressing major societal challenges such as innovation, human societies and the environment, public health issues, global diversity of cultures and societies as well as nanosciences.
Cooperation will be driven mainly through joint training programs and joint research projects; student, academic and staff mobility, with a focus on Master and PhD levels; new visiting professors schemes (short stays 6 to 12 months).
Through this initiative, The University of Sydney acts again as a pioneer for ambitious collaboration in higher education and research between France and Australia. For example, the joint-bachelor degree established with Science-Po Paris is already a flagship initiative for the bilateral cooperation.
Research and innovation are now areas where international cooperation is key to achieving new academic results leading to higher societal and economic impacts. USPC and the University of Sydney demonstrate through this MoU their ambition for shaping new ideas and innovative solutions at a global scale.
In the context of its 2020 strategy, the University of Sydney is accessing through USPC not only excellent science but also French capacities in entrepreneurship programs, experience in successful collaborative academic research and PhD programs with Industry, as well as demonstrated capacity to embark in successful EU H2020 research and innovation projects.