The University of Bordeaux and its collaborations down under!

Since 2014, the University of Bordeaux has implemented a strong and focused approach to promote partnerships with targeted Australian establishments.

  • 14/06/2018

Manual Tunon de Lara (President UBx) at Macquarie University's French Day Manual Tunon de Lara (President UBx) at Macquarie University's French Day

The strategy of the University of Bordeaux for developing cooperation with Australian universities is to further Franco-Australian relations on the basis of existing collaborations within the domains of education and research. Consequently, a study of the joint activities between UBx and Australian higher education establishments was carried out, listing a total of 40 programs currently in place with 19 Australian partners.

The topics and level of activity of these programs have been analyzed, in particular to identify those programs that correspond with the disciplines chosen as a focus for bilateral scientific cooperation between France and Australia. These are:

  • Health
  • Marine biology: preservation of biodiversity, (in particular coral reefs within the context of climate change) and agro-environmental sciences
  • Space environment: including fundamental research carried out on preparation for industries of the future (advanced engineering, nanotech, nano-electronics, high performance computing and big data, ecological transition, etc.)

In this way, the University of Bordeaux has selected five priority Australian universities for increased partnership activities.

  • Macquarie University: cooperation is based on existing and/or planned joint projects in mathematics, IT, Information and Communication Technologies for Education, Cybersecurity, Environment, Marine Sciences and Neurosciences.
  • University of Melbourne: cooperation is focused on vine and wine sciences, pediatric surgery, neurosciences and IT.
  • University of Sydney: cooperation is focused on cardiology, medicine, physics and forestry/climate change.
  • University of Queensland: cooperation is focused on immunology, neurosciences, mathematics and IT.
  • Australian National University: cooperation is focused on physics, archeology and vegetal biology.

With France currently positioned 6th scientific partner for Australia, programs between the two countries are being reinforced at national and university levels to boost this collaboration. The University of Bordeaux pursues this objective thanks to programs implemented by our own university as well as by external structures such as the Embassy of France in Australia. Two examples of such programs are:

Nicolas Baudin “Internship in France”

Bordeaux International Support (BIS)