Diálogo France prize 2018 for the Universities of Bordeaux and the Basque Country!
With this prize, Diálogo France highlights the leading role of these establishments in terms of developing academic and scientific cooperation between France and Spain.
On the 8th November at the Spanish embassy in Paris, along with the Ambassador of Spain, Fernando Cardera, the Diálogo France prize 2018 was awarded to the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country for their “joint project to develop a Euro-regional community of research, training and knowledge transfer”.
Collaborations between the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country go back nearly 20 years. In 2011, the Euro-regional dynamic was further boosted with the granting of the label “International campus of excellence” by France and Spain to the respective national projects IdEx University of Bordeaux and Euskampus.
Today this international euro-regional campus of excellence brings together 110,000 students, 9,000 lecturer/researchers and 5,000 administrative/technical staff members around 5 development priorities: research and innovation, education and vocational training, euro-regional engagement, international promotion and strategy and governance.
The French-Spanish alliance has resulted in the development of 5 double degrees (in oenology, bioinformatics, marine resources, sport management and engineering, economic innovation), an increase in student mobility between Bordeaux and the Basque country, the issuing of cotutelle PhDs, the creation of 2 joint cross-border laboratories as well as the launch of the project Campus Ocean Experience which is supported by a cluster of 50 euro-regional companies.
I am immensely thankful and proud that the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country have received this prize together.
Manuel Tunon de Lara — President, University of Bordeaux
“It means a great deal to us in that it recognizes the incredible teamwork that has been carried out to create and develop an ambitious and attractive euro-regional campus. I have no doubts that this reward will provide a new impetus to the cross-border dynamic of our establishments and for this I am most grateful to the members of the jury” declared Manuel Tunon de Lara, President – University of Bordeaux.
Diálogo, an association for French-Spanish friendship, supports cooperation between the two countries in the domains of : culture, economics, society, education and science. The Diálogo prize was created to reward people, companies or institutions that play a major role in the development of closer ties between France and Spain.
The Countess Isabelle d’Ornano, Jean-René Fourtou, Emilio Ferré and Jean-Pierre Jouyet made up the prize committee which was chaired by the French historian Benoît Pellistrandi.