Bordeaux: three graduate research schools selected

Neuroscience, digital public health and light technologies are the themes of the graduate research schools selected as part of the call for projects from the Investments for the Future Program.

  • 12/12/2017

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These three projects, which will benefit from an allocation of 16.2 million euros, are among the 29 chosen by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the General Investment Commission. This outstanding result, achieved with partners CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), underlines the excellence of research, training and innovation at the University of Bordeaux.

The graduate research school challenge 

The objective of the Ministry with the graduate research schools (“écoles universitaires de recherche”) call for projects, is to promote the internationally recognized model of graduate research schools within France.

The selected projects, associating universities and research organizations, have an important international dimension and foster strong ties with economic stakeholders. 

This model brings a genuine change to the French university system, clarifying the study offer from an international perspective and creating a continuum between master degrees, doctorates and professional integration, all based on high standards of research. In addition, the graduate research schools model contributes to the attractiveness of bachelor degrees.

The graduate research schools also provide the opportunity to develop a community concept whereby students join a program of excellence as soon as they start their master degree, with the “school” offering a natural transition between graduate and postgraduate level, and where professors, students and researchers benefit from a common environment to collaborate. From this follows on: improved motivation for professors and researchers, better training and stronger engagement for students.

The scope of the concept is therefore far broader than just training and research, since these projects generate synergies creating the perfect environment for new discoveries that will meet societal challengesand the emerging/future needs of our society.

The Bordeaux projects