Outgoing: Prof. Régis Malet at the University of Turin, Italy
Professor of educational sciences at the University of Bordeaux’s Institute of Education (INSPE) and senior IUF member (Academic Institute of France), Régis Malet carries out his research at the LACES laboratory, dedicated to cultures, education and societies.
Prof. Malet arrived in Italy in December 2018 for a mobility period lasting until the end of July 2019. He integrated the University of Turin’s philosophy and educational sciences department of excellence.
Why did you choose to carry out an international mobility?
My academic career has led me very naturally to this international mobility period. I am an IUF comparative education chair delegate and also occupy executive functions with the responsibility of promoting international mobility and research for both my research center and education component. As a result, the development of international scientific and academic partnerships lies at the very core of my professional DNA!
I have previously carried out shorter mobility periods in international research centers, for example as a senior research associate at University College London and as a visiting researcher at both the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Western Ontario, but this year was the occasion to make the most of a longer mobility period, as the mobility program implemented by the University of Bordeaux now proposes ideal conditions and strong support.
Thanks to the large number of partnerships of our University, the potential destinations for this mobility period were limitless: the United States, Great Britain, Spain (via the Euskampus-Bordeaux Campus of Excellence), Australia, Brazil and, of course, the University of Turin in Italy!
What were you hoping to accomplish at the University of Turin?
My 8 month stay in Italy was in line with the ongoing academic and scientific cooperation between the University of Turin and the University of Bordeaux, which has already led to joint research projects, student and faculty exchanges within the Erasmus+ framework and co-tutelles.
My main objective was to explore means of promoting and developing exchanges within the scope of the International Education and Training bilingual Master program coordinated by INSPE. In addition, this experience was an opportunity to initiate European comparative research on teacher training and inclusion policies, thus strengthening our partnership and consolidating our scientific expertise.
What are the outcomes of your international experience?
This experience was beneficial on many levels. It boosted collaboration with members of the University of Turin, provided access to new research fields, joint productions, developed a connection to an Italian scientific journal, enabled a doctoral contract, and facilitated invitations to other European universities and links with the universities of Bologna, Rome III and Padova.
Within these global networks, promising international projects have also come to light this past year, such as a European Research Council (ERC) Synergy grant program. This program, which focuses on teacher education and professional development, inclusive education and citizenship training, is coordinated with colleagues mainly from Europe, but also from America and Asia, uniting a grand total of 20 countries!
Are you envisaging further international mobility periods?
Of course! I’m invested in project management involving partner teams from all continents. My next trips will be to Portugal, then China as a visiting professor in Beijing and Shanghai, to further partnerships in this context. Scientific cooperation can flourish not only through very selective ERC or Graduate Research Programs, but also by engaging with foundations, endowment funds and INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organizations). Fortunately, the Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux for international mobility provides great support to foster and advance effectively on such high added-value projects.
The Institute of Education (Institut national supérieur du professorat et de l'éducation – INSPE) works alongside universities and educational institutions in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region to train students wishing to become primary or secondary school teachers and senior education counsellors.
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