Université de Sherbrooke and the University of Bordeaux: 3 years of interdisciplinary collaboration

In 2018, an official framework agreement was signed between the Université de Sherbrooke and the University of Bordeaux. Read on to discover about the ever-expanding interdisciplinary collaboration between our two establishments!

  • 11/06/2021

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In the beginning…

Collaboration between the University of Bordeaux (UBx) and the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) started around 15 years with individual collaborators from both establishments working together on a wide variety of projects (research internships, cotutelles, visiting scholar positions, etc). Since the start, the field of science and technology has been strongly represented, and over the years, the projects have evolved to include the fields of law, health and human sciences.

An important partnership

Following official delegation visits to both universities and strongly driven by Professor Laurent Bechou (IMS - Integration from Material to Systems – Lab, UBx), an official framework agreement was signed in March 2018 between the two universities to formalize the numerous “non-institutional” projects already underway, to encourage student exchanges, cotutelle thesis and post-doc funding, and to further boost joint research projects.

Our universities share a number of disciplines of excellence, notably within the fields of science and technology (microelectronics, nanotechnologies, acoustics, private law and criminal science, neuroscience, etc.). In Bordeaux, the Doctoral School of Physics and Engineering plays a leading role in the collaborations to date. However, both establishments wish to widen and reinforce this scope with regards to the domains of health and human sciences, and law.

According to Pascale Lafrance, General Director of USherbrooke International and Associate Vice-President for International Relations: The teaching and research activities of our University are greatly strengthened by the framework agreement. The partnership encourages student and professor mobility between our countries and also boosts many joint activities such as the publication of scientific articles and mobility opportunities for those studying and researching”.

Professor Vincent Aimez (Vice President for Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer, UdeS) concludes “For already 3 years now, such projects, within a number of different disciplines, illustrate the great dynamic of this French-Quebec collaboration.

This framework agreement has contributed to the achievement of high-impact research projects that are based on the complementary resources and skills of our two Universities.

Professor Vincent Aimez — Vice President for Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer, Université de Sherbrooke

Key figures

  • 60 co-publications
  • 16 cotutelle theses (9 in engineering, 5 in criminal law, 1 in public law, 1 in neuroscience
  • 25 research internships, approx. 20 student exchange mobilities and many visiting scholar positions!

Pierre Albert (co-tutelle UBx and UdeS)

“After graduating from my Master in “Electronic systems” in Bordeaux in 2016, I decided to pursue a co-supervised thesis between UBx and UdeS (defended end 2020n UdeS supervisors: Pr V. Aimez, Dr M. Darnon, Dr A. Jaouad and UBx supervisors: Pr. L. Bechou, Dr Y. Deshayes).

My research explored the domain of photovoltaics and was carried out within the Nanotechnology and Nanosystem Laboratory, based in the Interdisciplinary Institute of Technological Innovation (3IT) and the IMS Laboratory. The cutting-edge equipment and facilities proposed by the laboratories and the complementary expertise of the French-Quebec collaboration, led to the publication of my thesis results in the renowned scientific journal, dedicated to major developments in solar energy, “Progress in Photovoltaics”.

This cotutelle was a great international opportunity and allowed me to discover a completely new and different culture. The French-speaking region of Quebec in North America is an increasingly popular destination for students. Sherbrooke is a human-sized city, renowned for its high quality of life with a strong focus on nature and a dynamic student population (+30,000 students).

My participation in numerous conferences provided me with a large network of international contacts and in the end, I have chosen to settle here in Quebec with a job as an R&D researcher in Montreal.”

UdeS in a nutshell

The Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution that offers practical learning methods, green campuses and an outstanding quality of life with its location between rivers and mountains. Ranked n°1 as the most appreciated university in Canada by its students, the human dimension of UdeS is highly appreciated by students with its accessible faculties, small group sizes promoting exchanges and a lively campus life.

As the only university located outside Québec's major urban centers to have a Faculty of Medicine and a Faculty of Law and to offer, at all three university levels, a wide range of study programs, the Université de Sherbrooke owes its growth and influence to a tradition of innovation that continues to drive its activities. It is the university in Canada with the largest increase in research activities over the last 10 years. 

> For more information, consult the Université de Sherbrooke website.

* Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada

** Packaging Assemblage Compatibilité Electromagnétique - Packaging, Assemblies and Compatibility in Electromagnetics

*** Neurofunctional Imaging Group, Neurodegenerative Diseases Institute, UMR5293, CNRS-CEA-University of Bordeaux.

**** Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Laboratory de l’Université de Sherbrooke.