Collaborating transatlantic with the USA

The University of Bordeaux has identified partners throughout the world with whom we structure and expand our partnership, on every level. This strategy is based on a shared history but also on a shared vision of the challenges faced by superior education and research today.

  • 17/10/2016

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In the USA, the University of California (specifically the UC Los Angeles campus and UC Davis campus) and the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) are two universities with whom the University of Bordeaux shares such a vision concerning the future of education and research.

University of California

The University of Bordeaux has maintained a privileged relationship with the University of California (UC) for over 50 years within their Education Abroad Program. It has allowed over fifty students from each country to benefit from an international educational experience hosted by the partner university.

An inventory conducted in 2014 of the collaborations between the University of Bordeaux and the UC campuses confirmed the particularly dynamic nature of the relationship, with over thirty ongoing joint projects in subjects ranging from education sciences to polymer chemistry. In this latter discipline, very promising developments have taken place in collaboration with the UC Los Angeles campus: bilateral research seminaries, co-directed theses, student exchanges, Tocqueville Fulbright Chair, associated international laboratories, etc.

Furthermore, there are several ongoing collaborations between the University of Bordeaux and UC Davis on vine and wine. UC Davis has recently joined the International Oenoviti Network piloted by the University of Bordeaux and shared research courses are being discussed. A specific program supporting the partnership with UC was implemented in 2014 within the IdEx Bordeaux InitiativeBordeaux International Support. Since its launch, nine projects have been supported in various subjects (neurosciences, mathematics, political sciences etc.).    

University of Cincinnati

The University of Bordeaux’s partnership with the University of Cincinnati is relatively young. However it has taken great leaps forward since the first contact was made in May 2014. Thanks to the similarities and complementarities between the two institutions as well as a shared strategic vision, the partnership has already assumed an institutional dimension covering education, research and innovation. Numerous fields of studies are concerned: aeronautics, archeology, bio-imagery, biology, management, chemistry, engineering, European studies, neurosciences, epidemiology and medicine. This has led to:

  • The signature of a multidisciplinary student exchange agreement in 2015
  • The development of short-term programs for American and Bordeaux students that associate virtual and physical mobility (European studies, chemistry, engineering, management)
  • The exchange of lecturer-researchers through “Visiting Scholars” programs
  • The creation of a collaborative degree program in aeronautic maintenance (the convention was signed in October 2015 and will welcome the first students in September 2017)
  • Several research projects (mechanics, aeronautics, epidemiology and chemistry).

Like the University of California, a specific program within the IdEx Bordeaux InitiativeBordeaux International Support was implemented one year ago to support the partnership. The collaboration aims to expand into the socio-economic sector by involving local companies, chambers of commerce and their communities.

University of Cincinnati

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Priority development areas:

The University of Bordeaux leads an active cooperation policy with higher education and research institutions in the USA. Within the university's internationalization policy and the Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence, many support initiatives are proposed to encourage and develop transatlantic partnerships with the USA. The priority development areas are:

Education: the goal is to encourage student mobility as well as joint education projects (study visits, remote projects, double degrees, etc.), research internships in American laboratories for our students and within our own research laboratories for American students.

Research: the goal is to promote relations with major American institutions via joint research projects and PhD student/researcher mobility with scholarships and by encouraging the use of Programs of Excellence such as Fulbright or Chateaubriant.